Reformat - reinstall operating system

Posted on 2004-04-22
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I have a computer loaded with viruses (Win98) and we need to reformat the hard drive and reinstall the operating system or a Windows 2000 OS.  What's the easiest and quickest way to do this?

It's an old machine and I would throw it out but they want to keep it for word processing and Internet searches.
Question by:clinthamblin
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Pete Long earned 200 total points
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Perform a Fresh Install of Windows 2000

First Steps

Ensure You Have the Valid Windows 2000 Unlock Code
Ensure Youve Backed up all important data from your PC (remember your Favourites folder, My Documents and anything else you would be upset to loose)
Think of an Administrator Password YOU WONT FORGET
Ensure You have AT Least Your Modem Drivers and internet Account Details (Then you can download any drivers "You Thought You Had!")

Arm Yourself With a Cup of Coffee!

1. Will your PC Boot from The CD (Check in your BIOS Settings under Boot Order) and place your CDROM as the first boot device. Then Reeboot, When prompted press any key to start the installation.

2. If your PC will not boot from the CDROM, you will need a either a Win98 Boot Disk or the set of W2K Boot Disks (These can be created on another PC by running makeboot.exe from the  Windows 2000 CDROM.)

3. As Part of the Win 2000 Setup you can delete any existing partitions on the Drive, but if this fails (Youve had some weired Ugandan Linux on it For Example) You can use the FDISK.EXE application from your boot disk to delete any existing partitions.

FDISK Walkthough http://harmsy.freeuk.com/easyfdisk/

If this fails you may want to completely flatten the drive and remove all info, if so use killdisk

KILLDISK http://www.killdisk.com/

5. You should now be able to Carry out Step 1 or 2

6. Follow the Excellent Walkthrough at BlackViper.com for screen shots and configuration options

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if it's an old pc, and you're going for win2k make sure you download all the needed drivers FIRST befor format c
i once didn't do that.. and there was one driver not available.. that sucks

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Think I nailed that one :)

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