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Old 10-01-2006, 04:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm kinda pedantic and atm is my comp not "exactly" as clean as I want it :P

The registry i beginning to look a bit messy (I use CCleaner but it still has some problems)

Programs have stopped working.

A lot of old drivers are left from old hardware etc. (by using "set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1" and then watching the device manager a can see a lot of old drivers but I don't know which to uninstall)

Plus some more reasons.

Therefore I've decided to start over again from scratch. I 'm going to reformat C:\ and reinstall windows xp. The C:\ partition only contains winxp so I don't have to worry about backups (more than that I got to have all drivers).

This is my first time reformatting and I'd like to know exactly what the reformatting/reinstalling of OS does. Does it, for example, clean all the drivers or do I need to use Driver Cleaner Pro or clean from Device Manager or something? Because I really want to start fresh and to be in charge of exactly everything that is going to be installed on my comp.
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If you format your C drive you will have nothing on that drive until you reinstall windows so you will only have basic windows + what comes with windows. All drivers, documents, files, pictures, movies and games will be gone if present on that drive. Some drivers will be reinstalled with windows.
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Okay so (excuse me if I sound noobish) the drivers are only installed on the harddrive? There is nothing installed on the very hardware? Like on the USB-buses, that can remain even after a harddrive cleaning?

Thanks for your fast reply =)
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No, everything like that will be gone
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Nice =) Thanks a lot
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There are alot of guide to also help you see what formatting/re-installing is like. Here is a one I quickly found: http://www.daniweb.com/techtalkforums/thread55459.html but there are many more avalible from google
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