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After i have reinstalled windows, i have a problem

when i have reinstalled windows, i wanted to be nice an clean, no old files and stuff.but i went on my computer, and in disk drives C and D, there still are old files wich are working! i go to add/remove programs, and there isnt any old programs. no old icons on wanted my pc to be clean...

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    NickFixYou May 11, 2008

    how do you format the driver before you reinstall??


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You got to format disk and only after that install the Windows. All non-Windows files and folders in the root will remain intact unless disk is formatted.

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Hey Nick - First of all if drive D is a separate physical drive, it is going to still be the way it was. When you install Windows, you want to select new install. That way it will reformat your hard drive and erase everything you had on it. After the installation is complete, if you want to reformat your D drive so that your starting completely fresh, you can just go to my computer, right click on your D drive and click on format.
If this solves your your problem PLEASE rate this as fixed. If it didn't DON'T RATE IT YET, just add a comment letting me know what happened and I'll be happy to assist you further. Thanks Nick.


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    Jeffrey Pemberton May 10, 2008

    Remember if you choose new install , and follow the directions it will format the drive for you.

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    Jeffrey Pemberton May 11, 2008

    OK nick buddy - listen to me please. I want to get everything straight and get you fixed and I'll provide you with as much help as you need. You tried to reinstall WinXP but it didn't turn out exactly right, correct? Be patient please Nick. I would like to know why you want to format your drive before the reinstall? Is it because of what the other two peoples comments said? Believe me, I've installed and reinstalled Windows several hundreds of times. Not once did I have to format the drive before the installation. When you do choose the new install option from the Windows cd, you can delete the partition, create a new one, and then reformat that partition all from your Windows cd. It is simple. I can walk you through it. I will even give you screen shots that you will see and tell you which options to choose. This will be a TOTALLY NEW FRESH CLEAN install. Nothing on the disk except your new windows. I'll even help you get any drivers that you may need. Let me know what you think. I know what I'm talking about.


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You should have formatted the drive first before you installed windows. But then you need all of the software drivers. XP is good, but not that good with drivers.
The files you are looking for will not be in add and remove.

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