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Old 02-10-2007, 05:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Starting over (WinXP)

How ya'll doing?

I currently have a good ol' Gateway ESX 500S desktop and was wondering if there was a way to either:

1. Completely erase the HD and start over without boot discs and/or an OS install disc?

2. Getting my hands on some boot discs for my model?

This sucker's getting old and there's too much junk on it I don't want. I just want a clean slate to start over...

Thanks in advance!

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Old 02-11-2007, 12:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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For you questions.

1. No you can not start over without an Install Disc, or a Back up disc.

2. You could probably go to Dell's website and buy the backup discs, or repair discs. I know eMachines site has them for $20, so Dell's shouldn't be too much more.

Best thing would be to just delete everything you don't want, uninstall all the programs you don't want. Then, go from there.

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Old 02-12-2007, 02:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah if you are not actually having problems, usually uninstalling your unwanted programs, running a registry cleaner and deleting things like your web browser cache will make a system like new. Don't forget the defragment your hard drive
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