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Reformating? my notebook

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Could you explain to me how i can go about re-formating (not sure if this is the correct terminology) my compaq presario b1011 notebook? Its been having alot of troubles lately and i belive the way forward is to wipe it clean and start again. I want it back to how it was when it came fresh out of the box, but im unsure how to do this.
My notebook is originally German and the windows was in german, but it had a original copy of english windows installed on it. Again, not sure if this makes any difference to what i need to do? I still have the xp disc.

Any solutions will be greatly appreciated!



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To reformat the hard drive and install a fresh XP you will need to either enter the boot menu at start up, or set the boot order in the bios/setup utility to boot from the CD drive before the hard drive. Once you've booted from the XP disc just follow the directions, delete the existing Windows, and format the drive using a full NTFS format, not the quick format. Once you have the new system loaded, then you will need to go to Compaq's support site and download any needed drivers, and you'll be good to go.

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Actually it would actually be better if you did a system restore. Saves you the trouble of reformatting ( You are right its the correct term)

Click start then run then type in msconfig
Lauch system restore
Restore it to a date when you did not have problems

Dont worry files will not be removed from your computer only programs that you installed between the date you choose and now.

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