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stu me
08-10-2002, 08:00 PM
how do i clean my computer and start fresh with nothing on it
do i have to download any thing
any ideas

08-10-2002, 08:17 PM
Read FAQ 1 - button is top right of this window.
No sense in re-inventing the wheel.

For any other version of Windows - call back.

08-10-2002, 08:18 PM
define what you mean by "nothing"...
REALLY nothing, or a nothing but windows nothing?
I'll assume you want to reformat so that there is "nothing" nothing, and then from there you want to install windows and then whatever other junk you want....
Check that you have a windows CD. If you are using windows currently then you SHOULD have it on CD.
Download drivers for all your hardware (probably just video card and sound). Check if you have directX on cd somewhere (pc world cover CD). If not then download that coz you will want it.
Write down your internet dial up settings, and also consider exporting your address book and favourites and sticking them on a floppy.

That will be all you need for a not much use system, nice and clean for you to install anything you wish.
Check the faq's on this site for how to reformat and install an OS...

stu me
08-10-2002, 08:59 PM
thanks for your replys but it sounds all a bit to much for this kid
i will try to find something to get all sh*t of computer and something
that a new kid to computers can us

08-10-2002, 09:18 PM
what exactly are you trying to do matey?
Maybe if you explain what you want to do and why you want to do it someone will be able to help.
Have you just been given someone elses computer and you want to get rid of their stuff?
Sorry to ask, but how old are you? by "kid" do you mean like 12 or 13 or something?

stu me
09-10-2002, 08:53 PM
i am 27,buy kid i mean i am new to this computer stuff
i am trying to clean up my hard drive an get all the sh*t off it
i have tryed some download to clean it up but all it did was stuff it up
and it had to go to the man in the shop to fix
i am after something really easy to use and won,t and i can,t stuff it up
any ideas

09-10-2002, 09:17 PM
$50 says this guy is actually "teachme" ... His style of writing makes me wonder.

And also "Stu me" ... Riiiiight... :^O


stu me
09-10-2002, 09:29 PM
it looks as if your down 50$
i have never herd of teachme
and any ideas on my problem will still be appreciated

09-10-2002, 09:33 PM
Sure dude... If you say so. :|


10-10-2002, 01:52 PM
ok then....

for a start, what is your operating system (what version of windows?).
If you don't know, then right click on "my computer" then select "properties".
on the right hand side there should be a list of stuff which tells you what windows you have.

also, what exactly is the "sh*t" that you are trying to get rid of. if it is programs, what are the names?
what download did you try?
how did all the "sh*t" get on there?

stu me
10-10-2002, 09:34 PM
i am using windows me - thats where i got the me in stu me
the stuff i want to clean is game demos i have down loaded
of the net and off the pc world cd,s
also there is something wrong with ahead nero and was
told to clean it of completely and try to reload
i can not remember the name off the programe i tryed to clean
but it came of a pc world cd from early 2000
and i put all the sh*t on

10-10-2002, 10:05 PM
first port of call is start>settings>control panel>add/remove programs
and uninstall whatever you can from there. Also if you check the start menu, many of the programs will have an uninstall link with them...

stu me
11-10-2002, 09:18 PM
been there and done all that but when i look in local disk
and then click on programe files and windows files i can
see lots of folders that i thought i had uninstalled but there
are still folders with stuff in it
i don,t know wether it all can be deleted safley

11-10-2002, 11:31 PM
good rule of thumb....
if there are more than 3 or 4 files left in the folders then you probably shouldn't delete them, especially if any of the files end with .exe (if you can't see extensions click tools>folder options>view> and uncheck "hide file extensions for known file types.
if the remaining files end with .ini or .cfg then you can probably delete them....
if in doubt just post the name of the folder and the files left in it on here and someone will probably tell you if you can delete it or not...

you can also just rename the folders (for instance add a _to the start of the name) and then reboot and try running your programs as normal. if you get any errors then remove the _ from the name, because the folder is probably still needed. after a week or so if you get no errors you can delete them...