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    Clean install on XP (XP)

    I posted yesterday asking how to reformat my XP. I have reinstalled windows with no problem, but what I want to do is get rid of the files on here I dont need. Reinstalling windows cleaned up my registry, (and problems) but I dont want to go through and manually delete files I dont want anymore. There is alot. Maybe I'm not seeing on how to do a clean install. Anyone?

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    Re: Clean install on XP (XP)

    Just what files are you trying to clean up?
    If you did a true "clean install", then all you should have left is your Windows progs and system files.
    A clean install will involve reformatting your boot drive and reinstalling Windows XP from "scratch". IS that what you did?
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    Re: Clean install on XP (XP)

    No, that is not what I did. I just reinstalled windows. After I did that, I went into my program files and found all the files that were there before I reinstalled windows. And of course I couldnt run some of them because the registry was that of a new computer.

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    Re: Clean install on XP (XP)

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    the registry was that of a new computer
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    Well, not really. You did a reinstall NOT a clean reinstall.
    The reg is still loaded with debris from the old installation. You can still go ahead and uninstall those programs that you no longer want but there is a BIG difference between the two types of installs.
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    Re: Clean install on XP (XP)

    How would I go about doing a clean install?

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    Re: Clean install on XP (XP)

    There any number if sites that will guide you how to do a clean install. You can google for "clean install XP", or here is one good detailed site:

    Clean Machine

    Very basically, as said in one of my previous posts, if you want to start with a clean deck, you format your C: boot drive, from the XP CD, then install a fresh copy on the sparkling new, scrubbed system.
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    Re: Clean install on XP (XP)

    Thanks Bob, that website really helped.

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