Do you really need a Windows XP CD to reformat the computer?

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  1. Link5084
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    Cause it got hit with a big virus and I can't click on any programs and stuff and the only way is to format everything. I'm using a different computer right now. Cant you just format from the setup menu when you start the computer on?
     
  2. Linkiboy

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    Only if you have a recovery partition that was made by whoever made your computer.
     
  3. alex

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    Use cmd to clear the WINDOWS file, or you can't uae that.

    Get another virus to wipe your hard drive. XD
     
  4. Link5084
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    Dell made it. Do you know if I can access it through the Recovery Menu at startup? Can you give me a tutorial on how to go from there?
     
  5. Urza

    Urza hi

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    You're much better off clean installing from an actual XP disc. Recovery partitions just lead to problems.
     
  6. juggernaut911

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    what urza said. the virus might have infected the recovery partition too
     
  7. BiscuitBee

    BiscuitBee Semi-Resident Cookie-Bug

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    On top of what Urza said, when you install using a Windows XP Cd, then you won't have all that crap Dell includes. Unfortunately, that includes the drivers for all of your stuff too [​IMG]
     
  8. Urza

    Urza hi

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    Which is why you generally include the driver files when burning the XP disc.
     
  9. jy2

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    Finding drivers isn't exactly difficult either. Just head off to your PC manufacturers site and type in the model number. Usually they'll have copies of all the drivers for download! [​IMG]
     
  10. xJonny

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    But sometimes not for older hardware
     
  11. sjones900

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    sometimes you cant even do that I lost my recovery partition to a virus so I formatted installed XP pro then I tried to get the drivers but couldn't because I didn't have my ethernet card driver. I had to go to the library to download it and save it on a thumb drive XD
     
  12. Noobix

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    If it's a Dell PC then you might be lucky...just press control + F11 on reboot to restore it! [​IMG]