How to Clear All Files from a Computer Running Windows XP

Wiping all files from a computer's memory would effectively render it useless, but it is possible to delete most or all nonessential files.

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These instructions will tell the location of these files on the local hard drive. The location of the crucial files for every account is hidden, for example things that need to be backed up are the My Documents, Desktop, and the Favorites from your web browser. Even though there are different Windows operating systems, the steps are similar to each other. Windows XP/2000/ME/98/95 are almost the same, but Windows Vista is a little different and will give some trouble to computer users. Once these steps are mastered the dependency of the IT worker will be lessened and knowledge of how Windows works will be gained. Use the pictures as references to the written steps for a better idea of the procedure.
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