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Post by WatchFul EyE on Sun May 11, 2008 8:07 pm

Reformatting Your Computer Using Windows XP

Reformatting your Windows XP computer will erase everything on your hard drive and reinstall the operating system. To avoid losing your data (documents, pictures, music, etc.), you will want to backup your information prior to reformatting. After you have reformatted your computer, you will need to reinstall all of your personal data, as well as any software products you may use (for example, Microsoft Office, iTunes, Symantec AntiVirus, etc.).

Reformatting your Windows XP computer has three main parts:

Reformatting the computer from your operating system CD.
Reinstalling the drivers that came with your computer.
Running Windows Update to reinstall all security updates and patches.

NOTE:  If you have a network connection, please unplug from the network before starting installation.

1. First, make sure that your computer is set to Boot to CD.  This is a different procedure depending on your computer.  When your computer first boots look for an option to enter the BIOS settings.  Under the BIOS settings find the "Boot Order" and make sure the CD-ROM is set to boot first.

2. With the Windows XP CD in the CD-ROM drive, save your BIOS settings and exit.

3. If you've done everything correctly you should be asked to "Press Any Key to Boot from CD".

TAKE NOTE: this will apear on your screen " PRESS ANY KEY TO BOOT FROM CD._"





4. After installing the necessary setup files, Windows XP will display your partitions.  Delete any existing partitions by selecting the desired partition with the arrow keys, press D to delete and then L to confirm the deletion.




5. You should now have only one option, "Unpartitioned Space".  Press Enter to install Windows XP to the unpartitioned space.



6. When asked how you would like to format the partition, select "Format using the NTFS file system".




7. After the partition is formatted, Windows XP will begin installation.  The computer will reboot.  While the computer is rebooting, please do not touch any keys.  From now on the screens will look like the following:



8. Enter your product key.  If you purchased Windows XP from the IMU Bookstore, the product key will be located on the back of the sleeve your CD came in.  If you are reformatting using a Windows XP CD that came with your computer, the product key may be located on a sticker somewhere on your computer case.



9. When asked for Network Settings, choose "Typical Settings".



10. Windows XP will now complete installation.  Upon completion you will need to re-install the drivers for your hardware (Modem, Sound, Video, etc).  Many PC companies such as Dell, Gateway, and HP will include a "Driver Installation CD" with the computer.  Simply insert the CD and follow the instructions.  Otherwise, you can download current drivers from many manufacturer's support web sites.

11. Next turn on the Internet Connection Firewall.  Instructions to turn on the Internet Connection Firewall.heres the instruction:

Windows XP has a built-in firewall. This can help raise the level of security for your computer when it is connected to the Internet.
a.)Select Start | Control Panel. Once you are inside the Control Panel, click on Network and Internet Connections.

b.)Click on Network Connections.

c.)Once you are in the Network Connections window, right-click on the connection that you want to protect (typically the Local Area Connection) and left-click on Properties, as shown below:

d.)Click on the Advanced tab, and click on the box to place a checkmark next to: Protect my computer and network...

e.)If you would like to set some advanced settings - such as opening a port for a server - click on the Settings button. Place a check in the box(es) next to the port(s) you wish to open. To add a new port, click the Add... button.

f.)When you are finished, click the OK button to return to the Control Panel.

12. Reconnect your computer to the Network.

13. Run Windows Update by opening Internet Explorer,  then clicking on Tools -> Windows Update.  Follow the on-screen instructions for installing critical updates.

14. Restart your computer.

NOTE: ADJUST YOUR RESOLUTION IF NEED
1.) go to CONTROL PANEL
2.) click DISPLAY click SETTING there you gonna adjust your desired resolution..... :D  :D  :D

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