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It's been a long, long time since I've reformated a computer. I think the last time was when I first got Windows 98. Anyway, I want to reformat my computer so I can get a fresh start. I'm basically wondering how to do it because A.) I don't have a floppy drive and therefore no startup or boot disc (I'm not sure if my XP disc is bootable...) and B.) My computer has a saved back up file with all kinds of crap software that I don't want (it came preinstalled with the computer) and don't want to revert back to. I want to completely start from scrath- clean out my harddrive and then install XP and all that good stuff. So, what's the best way to go about this process? I'm used to going through MS prompt and typing in commands and such. Is that still the standard way to do this?

Thanks in advance!
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The best way I've found to do a clean format for a reinstall is to make use of the manufacturer's tools. They can be found on a CD that came with the hard drive (if one did), or they can often be downloaded from the manufacturer's websites (and burned on a CD). I advocate this because their full format routines run much more quickly than the Windows format.

Barring use of those tools, every Windows CD I've used has been bootable just so long as the CD drive is given higher boot priority then hard drive. The Windows formatting tools work fine; they're just a bit slow for my taste.
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You can check if your XP disc is bootable by setting the CD-Rom, in the bios, to the first in the list. Then restart your machine with the XP disc inserted. If your machine starts loading then it's bootable. Just follow the prompts and the installation will format your HDD for you.
If your disc isn't bootable, a) Buy a Floppy Drive and d/l the startup discs from Microsoft.com or Slipstream your XP disc (if you have a DVD Burner).
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Thanks for the replies. I've heard about this slipstream business. I read a FAQ on here on how to do it, but I'm not sure what purpose it serves...
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Slipstreaming allows for the most current updates to be installed along with Windows, removing the need to install all of that junk later and cleaning up the install process (not having to update files repeatedly which can "gunk" up a system).
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I think I'll give that a try when I reformat. Is any one method of doing this better than the next?
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