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Windows 8 - Do I need any installation CD(s) to reset my PC?

I want to format a used computer I just picked up at a yard sale. It has Windows 8 Pro with Media Center installed on it. When I was going through the options and setting it up, I noticed a screen ...
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Should I format an SSD cache drive before reinstalling Windows 7?

I bought a laptop which has a 500gb hard drive, and a small SSD drive for caching (24gb). It runs Windows 7 64-bit. I would like to format the hard drive and reinstall windows. Should I also format ...
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Reinstalling Windows Xp Professional OEM

My aunt called me in to repair her desktop and laptop computers. (Level up! You become: The Family's Private IT.) The desktop wasn't much; just many, many junk pieces of software that her daughter ...
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Missing “Disk options (advanced)” on Windows 7 installation

I wanted to install Windows 7 and format the disk partition while doing so. My problem is that advanced disk options are missing. Here is a screen shot: And here is how it should look: I probably ...
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Install Windows XP onto data drive

I had Windows XP installed (on C:), an optical drive as D: and a small (160GB) second hard drive with data on it as E:. Drive C: recently crashed and I have disconnected it. I would like to install ...
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how to prepare a harddisk for another computer

My old laptop died lately and I want to have it fixed by a repair-shop. Now first I want to clean the hard disk (via an external 2,5 inch casing). I managed to connect the drive via USB in order to ...
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From Windows Vista to 7, can I get rid of folder Windows.old?

I've just changed my laptop OS from Windows Vista to Windows 7. I didn't choose to have both OS together, I just want to have Windows 7. I was specting Windows 7 instalation program to format/clean ...
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For a PC with 1GB RAM, should I install 32 Bit or 64 Bit Windows 7?

I would like to install Windows 7 Ultimate on a PC with 1GB of RAM. What's better for me? The 32 or 64-bit version?
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Using same home partition with same username while reinstalling

I use Debian Lenny and would like to change over to Squeeze. My system consists of two partitions: lenny installation & home directory partition. I have all my personal files in the home ...
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Error Installing Windows XP

I'm trying to reinstall windows XP, when I boot to a windows XP disk I get the normal blue screen which runs through installing drivers, then after these drivers are installed, I see at the botton ...
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Batch installer for installing multiple application installer

Is there an existing software that lets you install all your application in one time? eg, I want to install microsoft office, then mozilla firefox, then some other apps. The software will just ask my ...
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Drivers and Codec Compilations

Do you know any software or compilations that you recommend to handle drivers and codecs for newly formated computer? I am having problem gathering drivers and codecs when I format my computer or ...
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Does installing windows format the hard disk?

My Google search for ""does installing windows format the hard disk" returns: No results found for "does installing windows format the hard disk". I was quite surprised. I'm hoping to get a quick ...
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How to format new HDD windows XP

I just bought new SATA 1TB Baracuda HDD, I inserted and my windows didn't recognize it. Because I didn't have any other OS or anything to format it I used Centos i386 installation to format it. I of ...
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Installing mint instead of ubuntu

I've ubuntu on my laptop, I'd like to remove it and install mint instead. What is the safest way to do it? ubuntu formatting