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Old 06-22-2009, 03:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Reformat my Dell computer hardrive

I had a old Dell desktop (from 2003). I stopped using it after it was infested with viruses in 2006. Now I am thinking about cleaning it out and hooking it up to my HDTV to play netflix online movie.

My question is how I can re-format or "reboot" the computer. The computer was re-booted once before when it was covered by Dell Tech support. Unfortunately, I did not write down the exact steps instructed by the Dell support.


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Old 06-22-2009, 03:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Reformat my Dell computer hardrive


what you can do is reinstall the operating system. it is most probably windows xp, so if you have an xp disc, you can reinstall a fresh copy. during the reinstallation, you can format the hard drive to completely erase everything on it.

and the computer should have its product key somewhere on the outside of its case which you would need to reinstall xp.
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