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I need reformat my compture but i dont no how to do that can you help

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Unplug all external devices such as printer, digital camera, scanner, or any other device attached to the computer. Place you Dell Recovery CD in the drive. Restart your computer and hit the F12 key as soon as the screen appears. Select option #4 from the menu. Immediately press the space bar or you will have to repeat this process. Look for the blue screen that deals with setup. On that screen hit F8 but do not try the repair option as we are going for a reformat. Then hit the ESC key in the corner. Now Partition (usually the larger one) D for delete (not the FAT32 only the NTFS choice with the highest volume on it). Press L to complete and C to create. Select Quick Format. Proceed to Windows setup screen as instructed. You only want one partition. It will say "Setup is Copying Files on your computer". This may take up to an hour. Let the computer restart when instructed. Once it starts the setup follow the on screen instructions. Follow prompts for internet, time zone, etc. You should not have to register XP again. When it is finished install the drivers using the blue Dell support CD. You will also have the download and install SP2 unless you have it on CD. Also SP3 will need to be installed plus all the updates which will be allot. You will also have to install printer, digital camera, scanner, etc, drivers and software.

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