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hi group,

How formating help in removing bad program in one's computer?What
procedure should be followed for formating?

Thanks
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    dell wrote:
    > hi group,
    >
    > How formating help in removing bad program in one's computer?What
    > procedure should be followed for formating?
    >
    > Thanks

    Formatting the hard drive will completely wipe the drive clean.

    If you have a retail XP installation CD, you can simply boot from this disk and clean install XP. You will be given options to format the hard drive during installation. Please see the following website for the step by step details.

    Clean Install Windows XP
    http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

    If you have a computer that came with XP pre-installed, you should have a recovery disk that will format the hard drive and restore it to factory settings or the system may have a recovery partition installed that will accomplish the same job. Refer to your computer manual or contact the manufacturers technical support for help on this procedure.

    --

    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Shell/User

    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
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    dell wrote:

    > hi group,
    >
    > How formating help in removing bad program in one's computer?What
    > procedure should be followed for formating?
    >
    > Thanks

    When you format a hard drive (or just a hard drive's partition), you
    basically wipe out everything on there. The data can be retrieved with
    special data recovery software, but for most people's purposes you can
    consider the drive to be empty. Please understand that this means
    everything will be gone. Are you really sure you want to do this? One
    of the nice things about XP is that it is far more robust than Win9x/ME
    and can usually be salvaged. If you'd like to try removing the malware
    first, here are some general steps:

    http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/page2.html#Removing_Malware

    Otherwise, here is a link explaining how to do a clean install of XP,
    including formatting:
    http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

    Malke
    --
    Elephant Boy Computers
    www.elephantboycomputers.com
    "Don't Panic!"
    MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User
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