|Clean Operating System Install(All)|
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|What||Reinstall your operating system and applications from scratch.|
|Why||You insure that your system will not contain dlls, registry entries and other files from old applications.|
|Pre-requisite||Flash Video BIOS(All) Flash Mainboard BIOS(All)|
|Complementary||Optimizing BIOS Settings(All) Motherboard Chipset Drivers(All) Set Temp Dir(All)|
|Related Tweaks||Upgrade Browser(All) Registry Cleaning(All) Flash Video BIOS(All) Flash Mainboard BIOS(All) Optimizing BIOS Settings(All) Motherboard Chipset Drivers(All) Uninstall Unused Applications(All) Browse in a New Process(All) Clean Startup Group(All) Clean the Software Registry Key(All) Install Litestep(All) Set Temp Dir(All) HTTP Server Request(All) Disable IE5 Web Check(All) Modify Contiguous File Size(All) Internet Explorer Caching Options(All)|
|Difficulty/Time||Extreme / 3 Hour(s)|
|How||Note: For the best performance and stability it is not recommended to upgrade operating systems.
1. Backup all data. For example, My Documents, Internet Favorites, Desktop Wallpaper, special configuration information, etc. Make a list of serial numbers and passwords to reinstall your applications. Verify your backups are good.
2. Make a list of applications to re-install and locate the CD-ROMs. Remember do not install unnecessary applications. For details view the following tip: Uninstall Unused Applications(All).
3. Download patches and upgrades to your applications.
4. Download updated drivers. Sound Drivers, Update Video Driver(2000/XP), Direct X Drivers(2000/XP).
5. Installing a new operating system may include new features that are not supported by your current BIOS version. Flashing the BIOS directly before a new operating system installation insures that all new features are implemented and cleanly installed during the operating system installation. Including updated or new revisions to Plug and Play, USB support, chipset support, newer CPU support and support for larger hard disks. Flashing Mainboard BIOS(All) is highly recommended.
6. Boot from the Operating System CD.
7. Use the Operating System CD to create and format partitions. If only Windows 2000/XP are going to be used NTFS is preferred.
8. Copy the original operating system files to your hard disk. See Original Cab Files. This procedure is not necessary with Windows 2000/XP.
9. Install the operating system.
10. Install updated drivers one at a time and reboot the system if necessary.
11. Perform performance tweaks to speed installation. For example, Virtual Memory tip.
12. Install the latest version of your anti virus software and update your definitions. Installing anti virus first insures that all software packages installed are virus free.
13. Install and configure access to the internet.
14. Install any applicable Service Packs.
15. Install the latest patches from Windows Update.