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Before Reformatting, Reinstalling

or Upgrading your PC

 

Do your homework.   Do a bit of reading and things will go smoothly for you.
Here are some links to articles that tell you how to reinstall, reformat or upgrade.  

 

For Windows 95:

http://www.troubleshooters.com/tfresh95/index.htm

http://www.pcguide.com/proc/sw/w95inst.htm

http://www.unc.edu/~wwebber/page/format.html

 

For Windows 98x

http://www.everythingcomputers.com/reformat.htm

http://www.cyberwalker.net/columns/jul99/2907.html

http://www.bholcomb.com/formatting.html

 

For Windows XP

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/using/howto/gettingstarted/guide/newinstallation.asp

http://www.windowsreinstall.com/indexwinxp.htm

http://www.windowsreinstall.com/install/winxp/installxpfresh/page1.htm   This shows you exactly what  you are going to see as you install

 

 

CHECKLIST before you Reformat;

Before you reformat your HD, make a checklist of what you need to save (backup)  Then a checklist of what you need to reinstall.

Sometimes it's the ORDER of how you install something that makes the difference in a good install or not.

I have a checklist that I use, and you may add or delete for your own use:

Checklist.txt

Checklist.doc

*I have also put it down at the bottom of this page so you can look it over to see if you want or not

 

 

Need to reformat your HD  BUT you lost your Driver Disks or CD-ROM?

All is not lost!      http://ln.skycn.net/down/DtempWinDrvExpert.zip


WinDriver Expert is FREEWARE, provides you the easy and fast detection and backup of the entire hardware device drivers currently on your system. Just one or two mouse button clicks, you will have all your hardware devices retracted and backed-up to any folder you want. Also a INF device script installer is included.

When you reinstall or upgrade your Windows system, you will find the backup drivers very useful.

The software is most applicable to those who has lost one or more Driver Disk or Driver CD-ROM for a certain hardware, as long as the hardware device functions correctly on your current system.

What it does is grab the as-installed .INF files and associated device drivers from your current system, and backs them up to a designated location. Later, if--- or when--- you need to reinstall your OS, you won't have to dig out the original disks or CDs when Windows says "New Device Detected." Instead, just point Windows to the backup location, and all the necessary INF and drivers files will already be there, ready to go.

 

Boot Disks

Need to reformat your HD? you need a boot-up disk


Windows 95

How to make a boot up floppy WITH CD-ROM Support:

Its pretty easy to make a boot disk ....All you have to do is open the Add/Remove Programs Control Panel. To do that, click on the Start button, go up to Settings, select Control Panel from the list of available choices and when the Control Panel window opens, just double click on Add/Remove Programs. Once that's open, click on the Startup Disk tab and click on Create Disk…

But NOT with CD-ROM Support for Windows 95 !!

The "simple" answer to this problem is to just install your CD-ROM driver onto the disk—that's the answer most magazines and books will give you. The problem is, they don't tell you how to do that.  This page shows you how to do that

http://www.everythingcomputers.com/windows_boot_disk.htm



Windows 98 Boot Disk

Click on the Start button, go up to Settings, select Control Panel from the list of available choices and when the Control Panel window opens, just double click on Add/Remove Programs. Once that's open, click on the Startup Disk tab and click on Create Disk



Win ME Boot Disk

http://www.duxcw.com/digest/Howto/software/windows/winme/startup/page1.html

Windows XP
Make a bootable FLOPPY!

If you have just reformatted your HD, you now need to:

Sometimes your system will NOT let you do that..........so you need a backup plan......you need a bootable floppy for XP!

 

Windows XP Professional Utility: Setup Disks for Floppy Boot Install
The Windows XP startup disk allows computers without a bootable CD-ROM to perform a new installation of the operating system. The Windows XP startup disk will automatically load the correct drivers to gain access to the CD-ROM drive and start a new installation of Setup. You cannot upgrade from a Windows XP startup disk.

Windows XP Professional startup disks will not work for Windows XP Home Edition installations and vice-versa.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/release.asp?releaseid=33291

 

Windows® XP Home Edition Utility: Setup Disks for floppy boot install.
The Windows XP startup disk allows computers without a bootable CD-ROM to perform a new installation of the operating system. The Windows XP startup disk will automatically load the correct drivers to gain access to the CD-ROM drive and start a new installation of Setup. You cannot upgrade from a Windows XP startup disk.

Windows XP Home Edition startup disks will not work for Windows XP Professional installations and vice-versa.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/release.asp?releaseid=33290

 

Creating a Boot Disk for an NTFS or FAT Partition

This article describes how to create a Windows boot disk to access a drive with a faulty boot sequence on an Intel x86-processor-based computer

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?ID=KB;EN-US;Q311073



How to make a CD-ROM boot disk

http://www.nu2.nu/bootcd/

This page is for you if you want to:

Create bootable CD-Rom's on a regular basis
Build and burn fully automatic (optional blank CDRW before burn)
Create a bootable CD-ROM with multiple boot images
Create a Dos bootable CD-ROM using a hardware independent CD-ROM driver (for SCSI and ATAPI)


Miscellaneous

 

Windows 98 Registry Checker

http://www.microsoft.com/windows98/usingwindows/maintaining/tips/advanced/registry.asp

 

 

Dual Boot with Win98 and 2000

http://www.techtv.com/screensavers/windowstips/story/0,24330,3338930,00.html

 

10 ways to make your WindowsME run better:

http://content.techweb.com/winmag/windows/features/merunbetter/default.htm

 

How to manually remove Windows 2000 and Restore Windows 95 or Windows 98

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;Q250456&

 

Windows 2000 Troubleshooting

http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/en/server/help/default.asp?url=/windows2000/en/server/help/troubleshooter_overview.htm

 

Windows 2000/NT Software Downloads

http://www.ntware.com/

 

A Description of the Safe Mode Boot Options in Windows XP

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;Q315222

 

Troubleshooting Windows XP

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp.htm

 

Windows XP/2000/NT Shareware Hall of Fame

http://www.wugnet.com/shareware/ntmap.asp

 

Multi-booting with Windows XP

You can install two or more operating systems on your computer, and then choose the one that you want to use each time you restart. This is known as multibooting. You can configure your computer to start Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT, and either Windows 95 or Windows 98.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/using/howto/gettingstarted/multiboot.asp

 

 

 

*Check List for Reformatting

List your Hardware Here first:
Model Type
______________ Video Card
______________ Sound Card
______________ Monitor/Display
______________ Network Card
______________ CD-ROM
______________ Webcam
BACKUP/Copy
ICQ HISTORY  
(ICQ 2001b and newer retains the contact list
but not the chat history)
So if you want to keep any of it....save it first
CONTACT List
(if you do not use version 2001 or newer then save the DB files)
.doc files (Word files)
.xlc files (Excel Files)
.txt files (Notepad files)
.crd files (if you use the cardfile program you need to backup any .crd files)
.wav's (back up any wavs you added other than windows default)
Email files Your emails as well as your address book
My Documents Backup a copy of that folder
AOL Buddy List (File/Save Buddy List)
Desktop Anything you have saved on the desktop
Pictures Don't forget all those pictures you need to save
jpgs
gifs
tifs
bmps
Bookmarks IE bookmarks (Export feature on IE)
Go to Netscape folder and save the User folder)
Network Card Take a snap of how your network card is setup
I make a capture of how my network card is setup and save for future references

 

Music Back up any music you have downloaded
  .mp3
  .cda
  .wav
Webshare If you create webpages you need to save all your .html and pictures
Winamp Skins I save and bookmark in IE what skins I have installed
Winzip windows does not come installed with winzip

 

 

 

 

 

Install/Add CHECKLIST
I install in this order...As I have found that installs go smoother installing certain software first. 
Print the checklist and tick off as you install each item.
 

DO reboot after each install. THIS is a must

.cab files I copy the .cab files from the windows install disk on c:\Win98, this way when it asks you do put in Windows98 disc you can just direct it to c:\Win98. Saves you having to look for the Windows disk.
monitor drivers
video card drivers
sound card drivers
.crd Cardfiles (I keep serial numbers on CardFile so I load it first)
Network Card .jpgs   that show how you had your network card setup previously
winzip Windows does not come installed with winzip
CuteFTP Ftp program
Zone Alarm Firewall
     Add Cu Central Refs to advanced allow list
.wavs
Office Suites Office 2000 or Office XP
     Add line in Autoexe for removing .tmp files at each reboot
     del c:\windows\ff*.tmp in Autoexe
Web Page Creator FrontPage    DreamWeaver  HotDog
Photoshop 5
Photoshop 6
Paint Shop Pro
SR Updates MS Service Release updates
     SR1    SR2    SR MS Library Updater
Netscape After installing, copy over the saved bookmarks
IE setup Upgrade to 5+ version
**VBS Registry Change to disable VBS Virus
PopUp Stopper Get rid of those nasty popups
CD-ROM Software I have bought special software for burning CD's
Winamp
ExpPrint Prints Folder Contents  (I use to print out my .mp3 lists)
Window Applets Character Map
Resource Meter
Sysmon (System Monitor)
Clipboard
Smart Media Reader  For downloading digital camera pictures
Virus Checker I install this nearly last incase there are conflicts with other programs
ICQ I usually install next to last, because the constant rebooting causes problems with ICQ and slows down the rebooting process
Webcam
CUSeeme v 3.12 Install   Last cause all other installs could change the quartz.dll (DirectX)
Registry Changes for USB Video Streaming problem
Replace Quartz.dll with v4 or lower
h263 codec
IV5 codec