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By preeti_shah ·
I have a computer at home. The system is getting slower and slower. There are several applications on it. I cleaned it up as much as I could, by deleting all that was un-necessary. I also ran scan disk on it. There seems to be a lot of residual stuff of the removed applications. Now I want to remove everything and start from scratch. How can I safely remove and then re-install Windows 95 on the disk? I think I have the recovery disk (the one you get from manufacturer). I also have DOS on a disk. What do I do If I do not have recovery disk?

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by Jeffrey Czapla In reply to Re-doing the computer.

The first thing that you would want to do is got to your Windows 95 disk ( i gather this is the OS you running. They place a Emergency Repair Utility on the disk which backs up your REG files,Config.sys, Autoexec.bat, etc. Use that Utility for backing up your important files. As far as your system running slow try removing all of the services from you system tray and from your startup group. Remove any 32 bit screen savers and also remove any desktop wallpaper that you might have running. Go to your system properties after removing these components and see if you system resources have gone up. This should help you in your effrots.

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by Red Dragoon In reply to Re-doing the computer.

How long has it been since you had a clean start on your PC?

Depending on how many programs you have installed, I might also recommend reformatting your hard drive. While it may take 2 to 3 hours to reinstall your OS and software, I usually recommend starting over about once a year.

If you plan to do this, move all of your important files to floppy disks. Also make sure you have all your programs on CD or disk as well as hardware drivers (for modem, sound card, etc.).

The next thing you will want to do is create a Windows Startup disk from the Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs. You will need this to get to a DOS prompt after you have reformatted the hard drive.

You can then reinstall the Windows OS from CD-ROM if necessary. Windows 98 will detect the CD drive, and so will Windows 95 v 2.5 or greater.

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by Red Dragoon In reply to Re-doing the computer.

How long has it been since you had a clean start on your PC?

Depending on how many programs you have installed, I might also recommend reformatting your hard drive. While it may take 2 to 3 hours to reinstall your OS and software, I usually recommend starting over about once a year.

If you plan to do this, move all of your important files to floppy disks. Also make sure you have all your programs on CD or disk as well as hardware drivers (for modem, sound card, etc.).

The next thing you will want to do is create a Windows Startup disk from the Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs. You will need this to get to a DOS prompt after you have reformatted the hard drive.

You can then reinstall the Windows OS from CD-ROM if necessary. Windows 98 will detect the CD drive, and so will Windows 95 v 2.5 or greater.

One other less drastic measure is to start with a fresh swap file. Restart the PC in DOS mode. In the C:\WINDOWS directory, type REN WIN386.SWP WIN386.TMP. Press Enter, then ctrl+alt+del to restart your PC.

Also, you can try cleaning out your temporary Internet files and history. These can take up a lot of space.

These should give you something to think about.

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by MrSid In reply to Re-doing the computer.

? From the start menu, select settings > control panel

? Double click on the 'add/remove programs' icon

? Click on the start-up disk tab

? Pop a blank floppy disk into the drive and click the 'create disk' button

After you've created the disk, restart the computer with the start-up disk in the drive. You will now be sitting at an MS-DOS prompt.
Before you format the drive, make sure that you can access the CD-ROM unit from the start-up disk. Once you're happy with accessing the drive, you can now reformat the hard drive.

Make sure you have your windows product key.

? At the dos prompt type: format c: /s

We're now asked if we want to erase all the information. Press Y and ENTER. After the drive has been formatted you will be asked for a volume lable, just press ENTER for none. Install Windows from the CD-ROM as follows.

<enter> (sometimes E: depending on the boot disk)

setup<enter>

If you don't fancy reformatting the hard drive, you can also just install Windows in a different folder, which sometimes works. But it's not as wholesome.

Finally you will need to reinstall your drivers for graphics, sound, modem, printer etc.

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by Saxman642 In reply to Re-doing the computer.

Before you decide to erase and reinstall Win 95 You can try a las ditch effort to clean up your computer by Using information from this article (It worked beautifully for me!):

http://www.themestream.com/gspd_browse/browse/view_article.gsp?c_id=114823&id_list=&cookied=T

As for the junk left behind by previous programs, you could get yourself an uninstall utility (Like Norton Clean Sweep) and use it to remove those files.


If you are still gonna re-install,
Get you hands on a Windows 95 CD, of course


1. Back up all of your most important data files.

2. You'll need to have a data base of all the drivers for all your various expansion cards and have them on standby.

3. You'll need a bootdisk (a link for creating one isbelow:)

http://www.techtv.com/callforhelp/projects/story/0,3650,2107228,00.html

Get you hands on a Windows 98 Startup disk preferably if possible...

4. Boot the PC to the floopy disk.
Be sure to FDISK, FORMAT and SCANDISK the drive before reinstalling Windows.

5. Reinstall Windows

Here is another link about reinstalling windows:
http://www.everythingcomputers.com/reformat.htm

But you will HAVE to get a Windows 95 CD. If you don't have the CD, The recovery disk will help eliminate some of the work by doing all the reformattingm partitoning, reinstalling, etc.

Hope this helps.

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