How to Reimage Your Computer

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After years or even months of use, you may notice that your PC computer's performance has significantly decreased. If this is the case, you may want to consider re-imaging your system. The process of re-imaging will wipe all data from your hard drive and restore the computer's operating system to its original state. Before re-imaging your computer, make sure that all of your important data is backed up onto an external hard drive.

Things You'll Need

  • PC running Windows XP
  • Windows XP installation CD
  • Insert the Windows XP installation CD into your computer's disc drive.

  • Restart your PC and hit any key on the keyboard when prompted to boot to the CD.

  • Wait for the Windows Setup program to finish loading all system files and then press the "Enter" key.

  • Press the "F8" key to accept the Windows license agreement.

  • Use the up and down arrow keys to highlight the hard drive partition that you want to re-image. In most cases, this partition will be labeled as the "C:" drive.

  • Press the "Enter" key to select the highlighted partition for the re-imaging process.

  • Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your system accounts and preferences. The process of re-imaging your computer can take up to an hour to fully complete.



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