Machine running Windows Vista Basic. How do I start like I just got it out of the box? Want all gone, but I don’t think the PC came with program disk.
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I am assuming that your Windows installation directory is X, and your username is abc.
Open this directory,
Open it with Windows Explorer
and Delete all the files present and the folders too.
If you want to format the other drives, it is according to your needs. Do that first and perform that deleting action after you have completed doing what you want.
Student of Class VII, Age 13
New Delhi, India
What kind of computer is this and who is the manufacturer?
If the computer came pre-installed with an operating system, but without recovery media, chances are there is a recovery partition on your hard drive. Does a recovery option come up when you boot the computer? This could be some plain text like "Press F1 for Recovery."
Some manufacturers also require that you create your own recovery media with software that is pre-installed on the computer. HP does this on its netbooks.
Instead of re-installing Windows Vista, you can also check whether there is an early restore point that you can go back to. For instructions see this article: How To Fix Your PC Using Windows Restore in XP, Vista & 7