Here's how it's done.setzer777 wrote:Heh, I actually don't know how to change oil. I guess I could easily look it up though. I think the difference there is that at least changing oil requires identifying a part of the car I don't know about yet (whatever you open to get the old oil out), whereas most people using computers know where the disk drive is, and know how to insert a disk, they just don't know that there aren't more steps than that.
To compare to a computer -
Before you begin, make sure you have your OS CD/DVD, Floppy or USB Driver for your Hard Drive (if needed), Network Card Drivers, and any licensing keys you may need.
Step 1. Turn on the computer, and enter your BIOS. Verify that your CD/DVD drive is listed before your hard drive in the boot order menu. Take this time to place the disc in the drive.
Step 2. Reboot your computer. Follow the on-screen instructions to boot from the CD. From here, we're going to be assuming an XP reinstall, but this will more or less work for any Windows system.
Step 3. If needed, press F6 when prompted to load drivers from the floppy disc. If you do not know if you need the drivers, you'll find out in a minute.
Step 4. With the drivers loaded, it should ask you a series of questions on where you want to install the operating system, how you want to configure the partition, and if you want to overwrite the pre-existing install of Windows or if you want to install alongside it. It's best at this point to just erase the partition completely, reformat it and reinstall, unless you have data that you have not backed up but desperately need.
Step 5. Wait for the OS to install. It will reboot the computer eventually. Remove the disc from the drive when prompted, or simply ignore the "Press a key to boot from CD" prompt.
Step 6. Answer the questions asked about time zones, keyboard layout and so on. You should be asked for the Key at this time. Enter it. Resume the waiting game. The system will reboot when it's ready.
Step 7. When the system starts, it will take you through the process of setting up a new user account. It may try to activate on the internet, but odds are you aren't connected yet because you don't have Network Drivers installed, so you're safe to skip that part. Create the new user and get into Windows.
Step 8. Install the Network Drivers (and any other driver you thought to get ahead of time). Reboot when asked.
Step 9. Verify that that you have internet access, verify that the drivers you have for other systems are working correctly, download new drivers where needed. If you're confident that the system is stable, installed correctly and you do not wish to make any changes, go ahead and click the keys to activate Windows. If prompted, choose to call them and go through the automated system to verify your key. You may need to speak to a human to explain what's going on (a simple reinstall).
Step 10. That should do it. Reinstall any needed software, and you're good to go.
So yeah, if you're relatively young looking, saying "$100, but it's easy to do yourself so why not give that a shot" is a perfectly fine answer. It's also perfectly fine to not be capable of doing all that. Fuck knows I've reformatted machines and only then realized I didn't get NIC drivers, so I've got to scrounge for another working machine so I can at least get those on there. And not everyone is in an environment where if the computer is down for reformatting, there's still another one (or seven) laying around that work.