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Can I wipe out my HP Netbook computer, and restore everything so that it is exactly like it was when I got it?

Can I wipe out my HP Netbook computer, and restore everything so that it is exactly like it was when I got it? Topic: Auto case software
May 26, 2019 / By Allycia
Question: I have a HP Netbook computer. It is about 4 to 5 years old. It is really junked up with tons of junk. I have very little free hard drive space, and it appears that the programs that I have and the data stored on the computer do not take up near the total space on the hard drive. I have to presume that over the years that there has been allot of junk deposited onto the computer from former programs, and all of the "updates" that microsoft auto loads. The computer came with two C Ds. One appears to be an operating system CD. Is there a way to totally erace everything, and have my computer restored to what it was like when I got it? Is this even a good idea? Is there some other way to somehow determine what is junk and what is needed and get rid of the junk? I have to presume that my registry is also full of junk. I am not super computer savy, so any high level technical advise will not be of any value to me. And of course, if what I am suggesting should not be attempted by a novice, let me know so that I don't try something I will be sorry for later. In the words of the infamous Dirty Harry (Clint Eastwood), "A mans got to know his limitations." Thank you in advance.
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Uzzia Uzzia | 4 days ago
Hello Bru, If you have the OS CD, the process of wiping your computer to factory settings is much simpler. However, wiping your computer means that you will lose all your programs and data such as pictures, documents, songs, etc.. So please read on before taking this route. It is necessary to backup your data into a flash drive or some other external storage medium, if you plan to recover these after restoring your laptop. If you need to recover programs, you will have to make a list of those programs and find the original CDs (like for Microsoft Office) or find and write down the source of the files (like www.Adobe.com for Adobe Acrobat Reader). If you have the installation files in your computer, go ahead and copy those to your flash drive as well. The instructions to wipe your computer to factory settings are displayed during the operating system (OS) installation process. What you need to do is pop in the CD into your computer, shut the laptop down, wait a few seconds and power it up again. Hopefully the laptop is setup to search for the CD during power on, and load the OS installation software for you. If that's not the case, the process gets more complicated (read along at your own risk!!!), you will have to get into the BIOS and change the boot order so as to give priority to the CD before the hard drive. There is no general way to do this unfortunately. But the most common way to access the BIOS is to hit a specific function key repeatedly (sometimes F2, F10, F12) during power up.
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Uzzia Originally Answered: I have C C Cleaner on my computer ,part of it says Wipe. Does that mean I can use it to format my computer?
I assume you are referring to Ccleaner's (the registry optimizer program from Piriform- http://www.piriform.com/CCLEANER ) wipe free space option. "Wipe" doesn't format the hard drive, it only fully erases data remnants from the free space on your hard drive and this task does take a while to complete. If your PC's performance is unusually poor, this can be caused by malware/viruses in which case a registry cleaner such as Ccleaner is not going to make any difference. You need a malware scanner/removal program such as Malwarebytes (free version)- http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Mal... and/or your existing antivirus program if you have one installed. You can reformat your whole hard drive and reinstall Windows if you wish, just be aware that this will delete EVERYTHING so back up any files you want to keep to a separate storage device (external hard drive, dvd discs, usb flash drive etc) before you proceed, you will also need a Windows install disc or recovery partition to reinstall Windows from
Uzzia Originally Answered: I have C C Cleaner on my computer ,part of it says Wipe. Does that mean I can use it to format my computer?
What 'Wipe' does is to "really" erase deleted files. It's a paranoid-nerd thing and has no impact on system performance. It cannot be used to Format your Hard Drive. Formatting can certainly resolve all software-related issues, since what it means is that it completely erases all software and files from the formated drive! Often there are other, less drastic alternatives that many techs are too lazy to try. Try uninstalling all the software you don't use, install an antivirus (and only ONE antivirus) and run it. Before formatting, if you decide to do so, you should back up all important files and documents, and have a copy of your O.S. (Windows?) CD or DVD at hand. Also your computers drivers. If you don't know what I'm talking about, It'll be best if you leave it to someone technically knowledgeable, unless you are keen to learn. But do remember to back up your files, otherwise they will be lost forever.
Uzzia Originally Answered: I have C C Cleaner on my computer ,part of it says Wipe. Does that mean I can use it to format my computer?
The reason it goes slow is probably because of your computer. It runs fine for me. If I have to guess I'd it uses up all of your CPU. Open task manger and tell us how much CPU is being used up, as well as how much free RAM you have. While CC Cleaner is running anyway.

Rolland Rolland
Sadly you can't. Dell home windows discs are locked to Dell BIOS code. You are going to not be equipped to prompt it. If you are lacking the HP install disk, that you would be able to contact HP they usually must be capable to send you a substitute for a nominal cost (or now not so nominal). What you relatively need to do is format and reinstall windows new. However, for those who put up details from the approach event log, we maybe capable to determine why your method is shutting down.
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Rolland Originally Answered: BSOD help computer wipe out?
Yeah, sounds like you totally f'ed up your computer. It's Vista though, so it probably isn't your fault. :) Just throw the installation CD you used to install Vista (or please, please, please upgrade to Windows 7 and do the world a favor) into your CD drive and boot from there. Not sure how to do that? 1) Put CD in computer. 2) Turn computer on. 3) While computer is turning on, mash the F12 key (or whatever key your computer uses to let you select your boot drive, it's usually F12, F8, or F2). 4) Select "Boot From CD." 5) Follow the onscreen instructions. 6) Go to Best Buy or where ever, and BUY WINDOWS 7. Six is optional, but very strongly suggested. :)
Rolland Originally Answered: BSOD help computer wipe out?
im not sure step by step, but now you have 2 option, which are doing a system restore, or a clean install. it sounds to me, that you want to do a system restore to the state of factory settings. all you have to do is put the disk into the computer and turn it off with the off button, then turn it on again, there would be a option appearing to boot with CD or something similar. after that just follow the steps appears on the screen. PS if the system just directly boot with hard drive, then go to the bio and boot menu, then just change the booting order.

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