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How do I format a new HP laptop with Window Vista Home Premium?

4:19 am on Apr 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hi, I just bought a new HP laptop which came with Vista Home Premium and unfortunately Norton too.

I had a few issue with internet wireless connections, my wife installed a driver of the Netgear router that caused the sudden crash of Vista. After 2 crashes I removed that driver but since I`m fussy about it , would prefer to format the new laptop and install again Vista and start again with a fresh hard drive problem free.

I don`t format harddrives from years so I`d appreciate if someone could gives me advices and instructions on how to to proceed from A to Z, especially since I remember that formatting in WIN98 was easy from DOS but already with XP was harder to do it......and with Vista I don`t know where to start.

Thank you in advance

6:11 am on Apr 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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There's a formatting option available during the install. Just boot from the Vista CD and select the partition where the old installation is. Windows will do the formatting for you.

Another option would be to use a 3rd party tool like Partition Magic to format the partition prior to the install.