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My friend gave me her laptop to clean of viruses. She's had it for a year and a half now, it has vista mixed with an older mobile sempron...obviously bloated with all kinds of crap.

It has a shitload of viruses too, and will not boot short of safe mode. Only antivirus I can use is USB based Clamwin.

Is it possible to just do a format? It's a Compaq F500 btw.
 
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If you can set the thing to boot from CD, absolutely.
 
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Reformats are always possible
 

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Yes u can. Sometimes when I'm lazy I reformat overnight instead of scanning.
 

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What is the laptop... it's possible... and google the drivers... you can find almost anything! :rockout:
 
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thank you all for your help and advice.

I shall give her what she needs and that's XP, equip her with the basics (firefox, adblock, Office, the free copy of AutoCAD we receive, perhaps a theme pack If I'm feeling nice).

really, it's a laptop for someone that browses the internet, how could XP not work?
 
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If your interested, I drop Ubuntu on old laptops for internet only. It runs uber light and comes installed with browser, driver, open office, and most everything else needed to survive.
 

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OP, what was the Model? was it the F500EA Model or any from this list?
 

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there is a partition for compaq recovery.

I would already have done it if it was my computer, but I really can't cock this up, and am extremely paranoid that something will go wrong and I'll be stuck.
 

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BTW-> BIOS says it's a Presario F500. that's it.
 

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pretty sure that most Compaq Persario's use the same drivers for x32 bit XP
 

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pretty sure that most Compaq Persario's use the same drivers for x32 bit XP
well, that's within the same Model # but yeah i woud Assume most would work. the only difference i would think is maybe better RAM, CPU, Onboard GPU, HDD, Etc.
 

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most of the time reinstalls from there.
 
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