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.