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I have a computer here that I am trying to fix, it has two installs of xp. What I would like to do is format C drive and then reinstall xp there again. I can not do it from an install from the window xp cd for some reason.

I tried right clicking on my computer and selecting manage then storage and local. I could not delete the partition from there or format. I tried booting into safe mode with command prompt and running osuninst.exe, I received and error about the registry not being right.

So I'm kind of stuck as how to format my C drive, the file system is NTSF so I will assume that booting from a DOS disk and formatting is out (was told the DOS can not see NTSF files).

any help on how to format C would be great!

Thank you for helping me in this matter!
Stephen
 

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You delete partitions and format as the initial step in installing XP . . enter BIOS ( Setup ) and set the first boot device as CD/ROM. Put your XP Disc in the drive and disconnect all external peripherals except the monitor, keyboard and mouse, and be sure those are not USB, or wireless. Any internal USB card should also be removed.

Once you set your BIOS to boot first from cd . . when it restarts you will see a black screen with a prompt "Press any key to boot from CD" . . do that and you will be able to delete any or all partitions and recreate one or more, then proceed to formating and installing XP.

That message can pass quickly, so have a finger on the keyboard when you boot. This will delete all data on the drive so be sure you have your important data backed up. The prompt will appear after every reboot, but do not press any key on subsequent reboots. The setup process will continue with no action required from you.

If you do not get that message, and you have another optical drive, try the XP CD in the other drive.

If you are installing on SATA drive, there is an additional step:

http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org/how_do_i_install_windows_xp_on_a.htm

This is a site that walks you thru a simulated XP installation:
http://www.echoproject.net/en/software/catalog.html

These are good guides to reinstalling XP . . you might want to print one for reference during the install.

http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sg_clean.asp
http://www.socrtwo.info/cleanxpinstall.htm
http://www.theeldergeek.com/xp_home_install_-_graphic.htm

You will likely have to load drivers (Chipset first) and applications, If your XP installation disc does not include SP2, after the installation, you will need to download and install SP-2, while windows is clean. Prior to connecting to the internet be sure you enable the XP firewall.

If you want to save your files and settings, you can use the XP Files and Settings Transfer (FAST) wizard to create an image of them and save to cd or other removable media. These are good guides to using the FAST wizard. Just be sure you have an up-to-date antivirus before you re-instate them!

http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sg_fstw.asp
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_repair_install.htm

For help entering BIOS: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm
 

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Stephen:

The use of a startup floppy disk and the FORMAT C: command went out the window with Windows XP. Neither is needed. The Windows XP CD does all the work.

If you have a full version Windows XP, you're in business. If you have an upgrade version CD, you'll also need a CD with an older operating system, such as Windows 98SE or Windows ME, or else you won't be able to complete the install. Make sure you have the 25-digit product code for the Windows XP CD.

Simpswr gave you a lot of good information, so make use of it. Good luck.

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