Restore computer to brand new

I have an old computer windows xp and its slow and would like erase everything and make it like brand new, is there a safe way to do it
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If you do not have the XP DVD, then go to eBay and pick up a license and DVD. You can use the DVD when it starts to delete all partitions, format, and then allow it to install. Everything will be new again.

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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Only if you have the installation disks or a 'Restore partition' on the disk.  Old XP computers are going for $10 to $25 around here.
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
Backup your data to an external drive (documents, mail folders, address books, internet settings, any other special settings).
Check you have all relevant drivers and disks (printer disks, application disks, operating system disks, patches).
Check you have all relevant serial numbers (operating systems, applications).
Nuke the disk with dban
Reinstall your OS
Reinstall all patches
Reinstall all applications and patches.
Reinstall your data.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Here is the Microsoft link for SP2 for XP

In the same download area search for Service Pack 3 and it is available.

This will help you update XP.
☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Which version of XP was it supplied with?  If it is older than XP SP3 you'll need to download the distributable upgrade to SP3 if you don't have access to another PC.  Also make sure you have the drivers for your computer before wiping.  If the computer was supplied with XP it's possible depending on make or model that you have a recovery partition on the hard drive that will either do this for you or create the CDs you need to reinstall.  Otherwise if it was supplied by the manufacturer you should have a reinstallation CD for XP.  If XP was installed from retail media you will need to check you have the activation key code before wiping the current install.  This can be extracted for retail versions from the registry with utilities such as ProduKey.

Finally make sure you use the correct installation media that matches the licence you have.
See this link for why this is important
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
In other words you want to reset it to factory settings, right? Then tell us the name and model number of your PC. It can have a factory backup which you can roll back to safely. But copying out important data is obligatory in any case.
you can do a factory reset (as said above) either from restore partition, or from restore CD; depending on the brand of the system
if that is impossible - you need the install CD for XP
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The answer http:#a40782175 solves this question completely. There are other good comments as well. But this question got a definitive answer.
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