Re: factory restore??
|Originally posted by j21blackjack
...what would be the best way to go about erasing the hard drive and re-installing windows from scratch.
Insert the Windows OS Disk (XP or 2000?) and boot from it.
Once it is loaded up (a blue, DOS-like text screen), select the options that let you REINSTALL (not repair) and then on the disk partition screen, select the partition you want to install to, and FORMAT it. Installation proceeds from there.
Once the OS is all loaded, install the drivers from your driver CD (that came with the laptop) in the order prescribed in the manual.
Compaq's restore CD is really dumbed down, and Sagers typically are not for the "dumbed-down" crowd. However, it would not have hurt to have a system restore-type disk for people who do not (or have not) installed an Operating System and drivers.
There should be some additional information in the manual (I browsed through mine once, and seem to recall a few things about this in there).
I personally think it is CLEANER to do it yourself (rather than a sys-restore), but I have installed OS's plenty of times, so I have a level of comfort with it.