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Cannot format or install windows

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by kangdiggity, Oct 1, 2003.

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  1. kangdiggity

    kangdiggity Thread Starter

    Oct 1, 2003
    i formated and reinstall windows 98se and then upgraded to win xp pro. After that, the system froze while windows was loading. i formated it again but dos kept telling me that my hard disk doesn't support format. i tried to install windows 98se again without formating but once again the installation had stopped during before it started. Also my hard disk was splitted into 2(c: and d:) automatically for some reasons. now i can't format, i can't install windows.
    in addition, after this problem is solved, how can i set up the network configuration in order to surf at the maximum speed? I currently have a ETHERNET servive of 1.5M and of course i do have a LAN card.
    Please help me!!! I need my PC for school work.

    Thank you very very very very much!!!
  2. Miz


    Jul 1, 2002
    You probably used the NTFS option when you installed XP the first time. In order to reformat the disk and reinstall whichever version of Windows you want to install, you must use the XP CD.

    Boot with the XP CD in the CD drive, read each screen carefully and make the appropriate choices. If you intend to reinstall Windows 98, be sure to format the disk using FAT32 and not NTFS, as Win98 won't run on NTFS.

    If your computer doesn't boot from the CD, you'll need to go into the BIOS and set the CD drive to be first in the boot order.
  3. kangdiggity

    kangdiggity Thread Starter

    Oct 1, 2003
    no no no no no...
    your information is extremely helpful and thank you very much for I am certainly a dummy in computer. Actually, ammm...... how am i supposed to change it back to FAT32???
    or can i install windows xp.
    My system: AMD 550mhz/ 10gb hard disk
    Is it too slow or too small for windows XP PRO.
    One again, Thanks a lot for your help.
  4. Squashman

    Squashman Trusted Advisor

    Apr 4, 2003
    Boot from a floppy disk and run FDISK. Delete the partitions and start from scratch.

    Your machine should be able to handle one large partition so I would just repartition it as one 10gig drive unless you want two partitions on there.

    XP Pro should run on that system. I had it running on a Pentium II 400mhz with 128mb of ram. But I recommend 256mb.
  5. twisted_mind


    Feb 24, 2003
    u havent mentioned the amount of RAM u have. I'd go with what LWDSquashman ( what?????? :) ) said. 512 MB of RAM should be best, if not 256 would suffice.
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