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Can't reformat????

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by njmatrix99, Jan 23, 2002.

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  1. njmatrix99

    njmatrix99 Thread Starter

    Jan 23, 2002
    I have a 400mhz amd k-6 with 6gd hd running win98se and 9x mb of ram. My problem is this. During a bootup the computer refused to boot saying that a driver wasn't installed. I wnet to format the computer and start fresh, BUT it wouldn't reformat and it kept saying I had an operating system on this computer already. Any ideas how to reformat and get win98se running right again?:confused:
  2. Rollin' Rog

    Rollin' Rog

    Dec 9, 2000
    It sounds like you tried to do a reinstall, not a "clean" install. That message can occur when you try to install a "Full" rather than "upgrade" CD over a previous, but lower version installation.

    If you have a full version installation CD and the registration (productkey), you can format the disk first. This wipes everything off it and there is nothing there to conflict.

    You need a Windows boot (startup) disk. Boot with it and at the a:\> prompt enter:

    format c:\

    When the format is complete, reboot the startup disk and select "start with cd-rom support". Watch the screen to see what drive letter gets assigned the cd-rom. It should be bumped up one, becoming 'e' if it was previously 'd'

    When you get the a:\> prompt, insert the Windows CD, have your registration key handy, and enter:


    (this assumes 'e' is the letter assigned to the cd-rom drive)

    follow the prompts from there.
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