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PC rebuild for a novice


FPCH New Member
Apr 3, 2008
PC Experience
PC Illiterate
Operating System
Windows Vista - Ultimate
HI everyone- first post, so hope I've put this in the right section!

I have a Dell dimension 2300, bought in 2002. It is running a little slowly and I've been told that it requires a rebuild which has never been done. I would be quite interested in learning how to do this but my knowledge is limited- novice level really.

I've ordered a couple the 'dummies' series books as a start but just wondering if anyone could direct me to other sources of information which would help me.



Tony D

Free PC Help Long Term Member
Dec 30, 2007
Malvern, PA (USA)
PC Experience
Some Experience
Operating System
Hi Chris and welcome,

When you mention that your computer is running slowly, is it all the time or only when you're on the Internet?

I suggest that you go to START > ALL PROGRAMS > ACCESSORIES > SYSTEM TOOLS > DISK CLEANUP and let it delete all the tempory files. Then get back to us as there are others here that can pitch in with more help.


FPCH Long Term Member
Jan 9, 2008
34° 12' 35" N, 118° 29' 21" W
Hi Chris,

What operating system is it currently running?
Do you have the installation CD?
Do you have the installation KEY?

If you don't have either the CD or the KEY then you won't be able to do a full rebuild/re-install.

If you have both then we can ***ist you in doing the rebuild. It can and probably will take quite a bit of time to do, but in the long run it will no doubt run faster.

What CPU do you have and how much RAM ?