Your computer is playing
up, running slow, crashing etc etc, you have decided to
reinstall windows, but maybe just maybe there is another
option. Through this little guide we hope to point you in
the right direction.
Beside your clock at the
bottom right of the screen is a selection of icons. Some
are necessary (Firewall and virus protection) most are
not, so disable them all and then enable the necessary
ones (Firewall and Anti-Virus). Check out our guide
on how to this. Go to this location
Next run a virus check, you
can use our online checker by clicking
if you find the online checker doesn't work then you more
than likely have a virus. You will need further help, so
download and install a free anti-virus program.
here to do so. Remember if you have a virus, read
removal instructions before removing, as just deleting a
virus can leave your system 100% unusable.
Further help on viruses can
be found here
The modern day scourge of
the internet. Spyware is located on a large majority of
computers. Spyware can seriously hinder your computers
performance. Go to this link for further help
Now run a defrag on the
hard drive. This reorganizes your files on the hard drive.
A how to do this guide can be found here
Next run a scandisk on the
hard drive. A guide for this can be found here
Lastly download all the
latest patches for your operating system. More indepth
info can be found here on this subject.
It is also very important to install your service pack.
The service pack is an upgrade for your operating system
7.USE EMERGENCY REPAIR
A nice feature of Windows
XP ERD. If you have created an Emergency Repair Disk (ERD),
use it to troubleshoot and resolve the startup problem.
At this stage if your
computer is still misbehaving then it is time to reinstall
or repair windows. With Windows XP you can also run a
parallel install. The choice is your. So how can you do
this ? Firstly check out the different ways to install
windows by clicking
, and then how to achieve CD-Rom support by clicking
There are several different guides on the left panel of
this page. Choose the guide which you want to use, it will
lead you step by step through the process. Another useful
link is our preinstall checklist. It can be located