How to reformat xp os.

How do I reformat windows xp to wipe my computer clean so that I can give it to someone?
obeewonAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If the computer has a recovery partition, you can use it (sometime F11 will activate a recovery partition). Otherwise, you need to provide the proper license for XP in order to install it. .... Thinkpads_User
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obeewonAuthor Commented:
It doesnt have a recovery partition, just a restore to known good point.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
See if the vendor of the PC can supply a recovery CD. Otherwise, you will need to supply a licence

Another approach, if the computer is working in a stable fashion, is to uninstall all the applications and delete the data. That has some risk, but it avoids buying a new license.  ... Thinkpads_User
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rindiCommented:
You can use dban (included on the UBCD) to wipe your drive. But as thinkpad already mentioned, most PC's come with an OEM version of Windows that is preinstalled on the PC, and there also usually isn't any installation CD with it. Most probably the new owner of the old PC will expect it to include the OS. So if you wipe the disk the OS will be gone...

Most such PC's with a recovery partition include a utility that allows you to create a set of recovery CD's from which the PC can be restored to the factory delivered state. If there are no installation CD's that came with the PC, then look for such a tool and first create those CD's. After that you can run dban on the HD to wipe it, then use the CD's you made to restore it to factory defaults.

http://ultimatebootcd.com

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ReubenwelshCommented:
If you have anything privite on it i would recomend doing a full format to make it harder for anyone who might want to restore all the data from your harddrive. Dont just reinstall windows and do a quick format.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
To wipe the drive to ENSURE no one recovers any data from it, use a data wiping program like DBAN (Darik's Boot and Nuke).  A format or simple restore to a previous point in time or from a recovery partition may make it harder for the average person, but if you want to make it next to impossible (if not impossible) for the expert to get at your "deleted" data, then you need to use a disk wiping program like DBAN.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you. I was pleased to help out, and good luck going forward. ... Thinkpads_User
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