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Reformatting Computer

I need to do a fresh install of windows. I have everything backed up to an external HD, but I was wondering if I am going to lose any of my Microsoft programs or, more importantly, my McAfee Systemworks program? I've never done this before and am a total noob. I'm lucky I know how to actually redo the computer.


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Format = You have nothing left on the HD

Any software that you want to have when you reinstall windows, you will need to have the media/serials for...



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You will lose everything. BTW, ditch the McAfee stuff.
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How do I find the media/serials? It came preloaded on the computer.

What's wrong with it? Who do you recommend?


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If it came pre-loaded so long as you have the original install disk for your computer it likely has it on there. Now if it is a windows install disk, and not say an HP or Dell install disk it is ONLY windows, none of the other stuff.

You have the option of doing a reinstall of the core systems file if your current installation is having problems. This will preserve everything on the drive except the core windows system files which get overwritten. I'd say on my computer I have to do a mini-over write of windows about every 18 months. I've only had to do a full reinstall from screwing things up twice (once on win95 once on XP)...once things just got so screwed up even overwritting the main systems files didn't fix things and the last time windows went nose up on me and I couldn't even boot to safe mode. It would boot to the windows screen and then to a black screen after about a second and nothing. Couldn't save the install. However, my files were still there (nothing windows related and the registry is gone, so 'installed' programs had to be reinstalled), but I had to do a full reinstall (you still don't have to format the disk for this).
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It didn't come with a disk. What is better to do to fix my problem? It's a Dell Inspiron 6000 with XP Media Edition
-Microsoft Word loads incredibly slow at loading and it freezes momentarily when switching from another program back to Word.
-IE freezes randomly sometimes.
-Screen will turn a solid color (green, purple, blue) which I have to restart the computer.
-Is it normal to have 77 different programs running in the Windows Task Manager?
-I also have a bunch of Java updates and a bunch of weird ass things in the Add/Remove Program list. A few are mICW, MICWA, mMHouse, mPFMgr, and other's with m.....

I just want it to be as close as possible to when I first bought it.


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What is the current format? NTFS or Fat32

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McAfee = God, but not the 'home user' versions... find a corperate version and you will never need to reformat again lol


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Re: Reformatting Computer

I suspect your system has been corrupted due to inadequate protection. Have you done a thorough virus scan?

Or perhaps your hard drive is simply too cluttered. The "clean disk" (or whatever it's now called) and "defragmenting" procedures will improve overall performance.

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Re: Reformatting Computer

[quote author=HALOREALM link=topic=89293.msg1719728#msg1719728 date=1190064832]
What is the current format? NTFS or Fat32
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No clue what that means.

[quote author=RB link=topic=89293.msg1719747#msg1719747 date=1190065324]
I suspect your system has been corrupted due to inadequate protection. Have you done a thorough virus scan?

Or perhaps your hard drive is simply too cluttered. The "clean disk" (or whatever it's now called) and "defragmenting" procedures will improve overall performance.
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I have a virus scan running biweekly. Last scan was the 14th with no viruses. And I run the fragmenter every few weeks because I download and delete a lot of things. I just opened the Disk Fragmenter and it says it's fine.


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