i want to format my hard drive but i want to keep vista

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by lucky3, Jul 31, 2008.

  1. lucky3

    lucky3 Guest

    ok one day i had about 9 gigs of sapce on hard drive c then the next i
    had 233 mb.....
    so i decided to defragment but as ive done this its caused most of my
    programs to not function properly....:( not cool so ive decided to start
    fresh and delete everythingbut the problem is i dont know how to....also
    i dont want to delete vista itself....can anyone help?
    lucky3, Jul 31, 2008
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  2. Save your important stuff to CD or DVD.. then use your Vista DVD or recovery
    partition to start over..

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    Mike Hall - MVP, Jul 31, 2008
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  3. |
    | ok one day i had about 9 gigs of sapce on hard drive c then the next i
    | had 233 mb.....
    | so i decided to defragment but as ive done this its caused most of my
    | programs to not function properly....:( not cool so ive decided to start
    | fresh and delete everythingbut the problem is i dont know how to....also
    | i dont want to delete vista itself....can anyone help?
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    | lucky3

    How you do the task you want to do depends on the brand of computer you have.
    Instructions for "re-installing" vista to factory status should be in your manual.

    How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
    Richard in AZ, Jul 31, 2008
  4. lucky3

    lucky3 Guest

    kk i dont have the manual but its an acer..also i dont have the vist
    dvd sorry but am a very unorganized person..
    lucky3, Jul 31, 2008
  5. Mike Hall - MVP, Jul 31, 2008
  6. Carey Frisch [MVP], Jul 31, 2008
  7. ok one day i had about 9 gigs of sapce on hard drive c then the next i
    You've had all the advice you need from the other respondents. But just for
    your interest I would clarify a couple of points.

    1/ Defragging is NOT designed to release any disk space at all

    2/ Defragging does NOT cause any of your programs to stop working, or work

    Something else is to blame. But you are doing the right thing: vapourise
    the whole installation and start again.

    Steve Thackery, Jul 31, 2008
  8. lucky3

    Ringmaster Guest

    Formatting your drive means removing everything including Vista. If
    you only want to remove programs you are sure you're not going to want
    to use in the future you can remove those leaving Vista behind which
    in effect would leave you with a "clean" (empty) drive other than the
    operating system itself. If this is what you want:

    Click on Start, Control Panel, Programs and Features. Wait as Vista
    builds a list of icons. One by one select the programs you are sure
    you no longer want and uninstall them. This will free up a lot of
    space and virtually remove everything other than the OS itself.

    This is generally a POOR way to proceed, but you asked. Especially if
    you bought some box computer that came with pre-installed software and
    they didn't give you actual CD/s/DVD's to restore from. So proceed
    with caution.

    If you are trying to free some room, a better approach is to use the
    disk cleanup feature which can remove a lot of clutter,junk and dead
    wood without removing actual applications you may wish you didn't down
    the road.
    Ringmaster, Jul 31, 2008

  9. Why? What does defragmenting have to do with your having little hard
    drive available?

    Defragmenting rearranges the clusters on your drive to make the
    clusters that each file uses contiguous. It does nothing to get you
    any more disk space.

    Defragmenting can not do anything like this. What program did you use
    to defragment? The Windows one or a third-party one?

    Exactly what does "not function properly" mean? Which programs? What
    are they doing wrong? If you get error messages, please quote them

    That's likely way overkill, and certainly a premature decision to
    make. Start by answering the questions above, and let's see if one of
    us here can help you without your having to resort to the draconian
    solution of reinstalling Windows.

    On the one hand, you say "start fresh and delete everything," but on
    the other hand you say "i dont want to delete vista itself." Those
    statements are incompatible. "Everything" includes Vista. Exactly what
    is it that you think you want to delete?
    Ken Blake, MVP, Jul 31, 2008
  10. lucky3

    Ringmaster Guest

    Actually it is overkill. Reformatting and starting over from scratch
    is like imploding a six story building with explosives because a light
    bulb in the hallway on the 3rd floor burned out.

    I noticed a lot of "MS fanboy experts" always suggest starting over
    rather then offering advice on how to actually fix what's wrong.

    Some experts.

    Ringmaster, Jul 31, 2008
  11. lucky3

    KDE Guest

    and your advise is.....? Nice of you to knock everyone else's suggestions
    without offering your own
    KDE, Jul 31, 2008
  12. You need to pay closer attention... the advice was given a couple posts
    earlier than the one you decided to reply to.

    Paul Montgomery, Jul 31, 2008
  13. lucky3

    Bill Yanaire Guest

    Sometimes it is best to reformat your PC. If you have issues with a number
    of programs, it could take longer to fix those issues than to backup your
    data and do a reinstall. Especially if you are the type to try lots of
    programs, install and uninstall software quite a bit.

    IN 1997, I worked for Microsoft and had a problem with my computer. I
    called the help desk, told them about the problem, and they said it would
    take longer to fix the issue so it would be better to do a complete install
    from scratch. Yes, it's a pain in the ass, but once done, and if done
    right, you know your system will perform better (Hopefully!) After all it's
    still Microsoft so your mileage may vary.
    Bill Yanaire, Jul 31, 2008
  14. lucky3

    George W. Guest

    From what I've read, "Ringmaster" aka "Adam Albright" is a drunk
    who lost his job several years ago and has nothing better to do
    than play "mind games" in this newsgroup. He is nothing but a
    pitiful excuse for a human being. At times, he may seem half-way
    intelligent, but his irrational, adolescent, and uncivilized behavior in
    this newsgroup setting suggests otherwise. A loser, for sure!
    George W., Jul 31, 2008
  15. [a lot of garbage snipped]

    From this post it's obvious that I need to find a larger boob bin.
    Paul Montgomery, Jul 31, 2008
  16. lucky3

    Ringmaster Guest

    You're dumb enough to believe the slop the idiot Frank posts?
    Look who's talking. You accept at face value the lies of the biggest
    troll here, Frank the Fuckwit. How intelligent is that?

    The truth as I've said many times is I worked hard, got paid very well
    and was able to retire in my early forties. Almost twenty years ago. A
    dream many have but don't realize. I did. Deal with it.

    I also explained why I post frequently. A usual day I spent 12-14
    hours at the computer working with video and music editing mostly.
    Since that is very intensive, highly demanding work requiring great
    concentration and creative skill at the professional level every hour
    or so I take a break and often come here to see what the idiots are up
    to. They NEVER fail to amuse in their utter lack of competence about
    anything. I see I can add you to the list of nitwits which far out
    number the other posters that know what they're talking about or come
    here for help and often get attacked by MS fanboy morons.
    Ringmaster, Jul 31, 2008
  17. lucky3

    HeyBub Guest

    Not necessarily. You can remove the programs, true, but most often the data
    associated with the programs are magnitudes larger than the programs that
    created them. Add/Remove doesn't touch the data.
    HeyBub, Jul 31, 2008
  18. lucky3

    Frank Guest

    That is 100% more intelligent than you.
    Liar! You are unemployed and unemployable.

    Almost twenty years ago.

    You've proly spent the last 20 yrs either behind bars (for embezzling
    funds) or in a mental institution.

    Hahaha...yeah, you retired in your derams!...LOL!

    Deal with it.

    It's your problem asswipe!
    Hahahaha...you're delusional at best and fukkin insane a worse!

    They NEVER fail to amuse in their utter lack of competence about
    You are the biggest fuckwit idiot moron POS big mouth pompous loser to
    ever post inn here.

    You are a fake and phony. You're insane!
    Frank, Jul 31, 2008
  19. lucky3

    Ringmaster Guest

    You keep making libelous statements about me. Well duh, you being
    nothing but a fucked up asshole do it to everybody. Thank your lucky
    stars I never post here under my real name or I would instruct by
    attorney to sue your stupid shit encrusted ass off.
    Ringmaster, Jul 31, 2008
  20. lucky3

    Bill Yanaire Guest

    So if you did post with your real name, what on earth could you sue for?
    [Remembering your posting history]
    Bill Yanaire, Jul 31, 2008
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