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To reformat a hard drive in Windows XP, computer owners will need a Windows XP installation CD, a hard drive and a working computer. Reformatting a hard drive is a permanent process that restores the hard drive to its fa... More »

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A Windows XP Home boot disk can be created by copying the five files necessary to load the operating system onto blank media like a floppy disk drive or a flash drive. The rest of the operating system has to be already o... More »

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To defragment a hard drive on Windows XP, open Disk Defragmenter, click on a volume and select Analyze. If the analysis report recommends defragmentation, click on a volume and select Defragment. Depending on the size of... More »

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To defragment a hard drive on Windows XP, open Disk Defragmenter, click on a volume and select Analyze. If the analysis report recommends defragmentation, click on a volume and select Defragment. Depending on the size of... More »

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To upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7, boot the computer from the Windows 7 installation disc, and initiate a custom installation process to overwrite the partition that contains the Windows XP files. Before installing... More »

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To install the latest version of Windows XP, such as the XP service pack 3, use the installation CD after turning on your computer, according to Microsoft. You can also install the new version of Windows XP when upgradin... More »

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Clean a hard drive with a Windows XP operating system by emptying the recycle bin, clearing the temporary Internet files cache, and deleting or archiving old files. People can also use the operating system's self-cleanin... More »

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