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Our latest Q & A comes from Sahrah via the PCstats feedback page . If you have a question you need answered right away, try our friendly forums for help too.

Q: My Windows XP Home computer has become hopelessly buggy and slow due I think to spyware and viruses downloaded by someone in my household. I've managed to back up my essential data and I want to reinstall Windows XP. I want to make sure that the drive is wiped clean first though. I can't use the format command within Windows to wipe the drive, so what can I do?

A: Fortunately, The Windows XP install process includes a utility which can delete, create and format hard drive partitions. Follow our guide to the subject and when you get to the screen showing your existing disk partition (as detailed in the guide) delete it and create a new one. This ensures that your previous data (and the problems that came with it) will no longer be an issue.

As a side note, it would be a good idea to get the files you saved from your system checked out for viruses and spyware before you return them to your newly formatted PC. If you do not have the necessary resources, try your local computer store.

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