Originally Posted by Teegunn
O.K. - I have FINALLY decided to unistall widows XP. Do I need to go into "add or remove programs" and do it that way? Shouldn't I unistall everything else first and then unistall Windows XP? Help please because I want to get this done yet tonight! If this is not the correct way of doing a clean install please tell me what is.
BTW, HP did not send "system restore" cd's but the actual Windows XP OS as far as I can tell. One of the OS cd's is called "Windows XP Home SP1" and the other is called "Windows XP Professional SP1a". They also sent 2 "driver recovery" cd's. Are these all that I would need to *reinstall* XP Pro and all necessary drivers?
This is not the correct way to do a clean install.
To do a clean install you have to format the HD.
This is an option during the Windows XP install processes.
unplug the laptop from the internet while you are getting it back together. You'd be amazed at how fast those darn virii sneak in there. I was rebuildng my father-inlaws desktop and I took a 4-7 min coffee break (I forgot his system was plugged into my LAN and as soon as the install finishsed it jumped on my DSL to the internet)... so in those few mins he got several nasties that my hardware firewall didn't catch.
A pity they did not include the restore CD's... really speeds things up. But at least they made it easy to track down the drivers.
Do not forget to go to Windows update as soon as you connect to the internet. I can not overstate how important this is. This is more important in stopping virii then firewalls and virus checkers. Not that you should skip these things, just a matter of which to do first.
Good luck, nothing to fear; It is fairly easy with the OS and drivers CD's already there. Doing a clean install (or any install)with the supplied CD's will not void your warrenty; you are, after all, using the tools they provided in the manner in which those tools are intended.