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How to delete all files on HDD except Windows OS?

By centurymeltdown
Sep 17, 2009
  1. Is it possible to delete all files on the HDD expect Windows OS itself? E.g. all custom files made by the user, leaving only the actual WinOS. So it would be a clean install without needing to reinstall vista?

    Thanks,
    Cameron.
     
  2. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,274

    The quickest way would be to create a new "administrator account", delete the current one and delete the files directories pertaining to it, then in the control panel, delete all the unused programs.
     
  3. centurymeltdown

    centurymeltdown TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Okay, would it help to just uninstall every program i use, and then reinstall to it to regain any bloat?

    Any other tips etc, for getting optimal cleaning preformance? Any applications i should use etc? ^^
     
  4. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,274

  5. centurymeltdown

    centurymeltdown TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Haha, i recently installed a new stick of Ram (2GB), i had a few BSoD errors a week or so after, after uninstalling a ton of unneeded stuff to try and fix it and doing a ton of graphics updates and windows updates i havent had one in the past 24hours, so i though, heck, lets whatever i can to help my PC without formatting / reinstalling windows. (Im not confortable with that, and i dont have my Vista install CD anymore, only my CD-Key on a peice of paper, and im not the kinda guy to pirate a OS - If your going to use something as much as you usually do, you should buy it, period.
     
  6. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,274

    If you played with your memory, then that's probably why the BSOD's come up.
    Try running this.
     
  7. centurymeltdown

    centurymeltdown TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    I didnt play with it haha, ill try the memory test, thanks :D
     
  8. centurymeltdown

    centurymeltdown TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Got 6 passes, 1 error.

    what does this mean?
     
  9. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,274

    If you receive errors on your memory test, you should replace the module which gave the error.
     
  10. centurymeltdown

    centurymeltdown TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Okay mate, thanks very much for your help. :)
     
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