How to wipe XP hard drive and reinstall for computer donation

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    helpme8675

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    Ok, the title says most, but I have a slight situation. The monitor we have is not the original. When we replaced it, we installed the replacement driver. Will that driver be reinstalled automatically with a restore, or will I have a blank screen when the system reboots on a wiped hard drive? So, how is this done? Thanks!
     
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    One more thing as I am thinking about it, there were some service packs and patches that were issued by Windows and installed on there. Do those become incorporated into the operating system so they wouldn't be removed with a hard drive wipe? It is a Dell 8200 from 2000...
     
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    If you create a restore point, it should preserve your Windows installation exactly as it is right now with regards to service packs and system drivers/updates. Here are a few sites which should be able to provide you with more information:

    https://www.easeus.com/partition-manager-software/wipe-a-hard-drive-in-windows-xp.html
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us...installation-of-windows-xp-if-a-later-version
    https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-clean-install-windows-xp-2624911
    https://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch001334.htm

    I apologize if this isn't the most helpful or in-depth response--I felt bad seeing that no one had replied, and wanted to give it a go (although it's outside my wheelhouse since I never use System Restore for anything; it's gotten better since the Windows ME days, but I still don't trust or personally rely on this feature).
     
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