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Hello the live help isnt working right now so i was wondering if you could
help me.
I have a Hp 550mhz 128ram comp.

I have toooo many files and things im not sure i even need.
I want to format the drive im not sure how to do it.  If i format will i
still have windows?  My comp came with 2recovery Cd's. i dont know  what i
need to do. i would like to know how to do  it b4 i do it on my own.  Once i
format and use the recovey cd willmy comp be ok/?

IN OTHER WORDS I WANT MY COMPUTER TO BE LIKE IT WAS WHEN I HAD JUST BOUGHT
IT! how do i do this?

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Hello the live help isnt working right now so i was wondering if you could
help me.
I have a Hp 550mhz 128ram comp.

I have toooo many files and things im not sure i even need.
I want to format the drive im not sure how to do it.  If i format will i
still have windows?  My comp came with 2recovery Cd's. i dont know  what i
need to do. i would like to know how to do  it b4 i do it on my own.  Once i
format and use the recovey cd willmy comp be ok/?

IN OTHER WORDS I WANT MY COMPUTER TO BE LIKE IT WAS WHEN I HAD JUST BOUGHT
IT!

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by:wildcat18
ID: 2621033
Yu need to include some more information. Most likely those recovery CDs are bare bones and for emergency use only.  If you format the hd you will lose everything on it. Windows and the like will have to be re-installed. Make sure that all the programs that you had on it when you got the computer are backed up on CD and not on the two Recovery CDs.
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by:msledd
ID: 2621059
The recovery CDs that HP supplies with its PCs will wipe out everything on your HD and start over.. Do not use them unless you are prepared to lose everything you have now. Back up any personal files, emails addresses etc before using the CDs. The recovery CD will reinstall the OS (Windows and system files) and the other CDs contain the software that came bundled with your PC, you may need to manually install some of the applications yourself.

Good Luck!
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by:Pasci
ID: 2621097
Can you try to clean up your system so you don't have to reformat:

-Empty your Temp Internet file folder.
-Delete any files in your Temp folder that is older than a week.
-Use the Add/Remove program in your control pannel to delete any programs you don't need or use.
-Run scandik
-Run defrag.

Then you can see if your machine runs any better and has more drive space.

Good luck
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This is a very drastic way to clean up your files but if you want it as it was when you bought it, here goes.
You should have a boot disk (3 1/2 floppy) for the Recover CDs (if not, you can download it from HP's web site. Shut your system down and insert the boot disk in drive A: and the Recover CD in the CD drive. Start your system up and it will boot from the A: drive. Follow the instructions on the screen. YOU WILL LOOSE EVERYTHING YOU HAVE SAVED ON YOUR HARD DRIVE! Once everything is done, restart your system and it should be just as it was when you brought it home (unless you have installed any newer hardware).
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