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Reformat I've got a virused Dell laptop and I want to wipe the hard drive and reinstall xp from my disc. All my stuff is backed up, I just need to know how to wipe the drive and reinstall successfully.

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There is usually a restore disk with your unit, however if you have a copy of windows you can put it in the cd drive and when the computer starts tell it to wipe the drive and then install a fresh copy of widows on a raw drive.

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Insert the winxp disk and boot from that, when prompted hit any key to boot from cd.

Win xp will start to install choose to delete the partition, confirm delete.

then press enter to install to that unallocated partition, choose format to NTFS.

Follow the prompts and it has formated the hard drive and will install XP.

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