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Posted by GdRulz696 [send private reply] at December 01, 2002, 03:52:36 PM

windows ME but i need to clean the hard drive and am not sure how to do that with out ruining my computer. anyone know how to do this that could help me?

Posted by gian [send private reply] at December 01, 2002, 04:38:59 PM

Is installing WindowsME over the top not sufficient? This would retain all your files etc.
If not, then you'll have to format your hard drive using a DOS boot disk and then running "format".

Posted by mop [send private reply] at December 01, 2002, 05:47:06 PM

windex usually cleans hardrives quite well, I mean, I have no clue why you'd need to but it does.


Posted by ItinitI [send private reply] at December 01, 2002, 06:17:59 PM

Okee, first off, I would recomend going to XP rather than ME, but that's jsut my opinion [I don't know your situation, so what works for you].

Second, do you mean physicaly cleaning your hard drive, or cleaning as in erasing files?

Sometimes, fresh install works best, rather than upgrade install.

Posted by mop [send private reply] at December 01, 2002, 08:46:32 PM

its not smart to clean your hard drive physically, I was being sarcastic. What do you mean "clean it up" though?

imo: Windows ME was horrible

Posted by RedX [send private reply] at December 02, 2002, 08:16:46 AM

Very Important Advice: make sure you can find your drivers before you release the powers of format C: You wouldn't be the first who finds out he's missing his modem drivers and windows happens to have not a single working driver for it. (replace modem by any device that requires a driver)

At least write down the brand and type of your devices, makes the life of your PC savior a little easier.

Posted by DragonWolf [send private reply] at December 05, 2002, 05:17:26 AM

I still haven't used or even looked at reviews of XP. Is Win2k still better for professional users? I use the windows services quite alot, but as I understand it XP has quite good windows services support.

Should I be converting to XP or sticking to Win2k Professional / Advanced?

Posted by rnd [send private reply] at December 06, 2002, 07:06:09 PM

XP is inherently evil. It's for people who don't mind being Microsoft's bitch. People who don't mind being suspected guilty before innocent and having to ask permission to change their hardware config after 10 changes or whatever.

I realise that wasn't very helpful, but I intensely dislike XP, mainly because of it's stupid product activiation crap.

--rnd, happily running osx, win2k, and linux

Posted by ItinitI [send private reply] at December 06, 2002, 10:55:02 PM

Eh, yeah MS did through alotta trash in with XP.

But as far as the Windows go, XP is realy a pretty good product, very stable [For Windows], only programs seem to crash.

But, if you plan to upgrade, I would reccomend XP Pro, it has a few more features than Home [Eh that's what I use], but then again I'v never tried 2K, so... But if it's the Luna GUI, it can be changed back to Classic or change a pretty slick Silver [Not as good as OS X, but still...]

Posted by Mike_L [send private reply] at December 19, 2002, 03:39:59 PM

I use Windows XP Pro on a workstation at work. The computer is very fast: Pentium IV 1.7 GHz, 256MB RAM, speedy 20GB hdd, GeForce2 MX 32MB video card. I feel that Windows XP is the best version of Windows so far. It has never crashed. Of course, I switched back to the classic theme, turned off Active Desktop, fixed my Explorer views all to Details, and installed Mozilla as my default browser. I like it a lot. Now Windows XP is my best choice for a workstation. OpenBSD is still my favorite for servers though.

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