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Clean Installation of Windows 2000

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  1. locus

    locus Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I have Windows 2000 and my PC is infected with viruses. I am trying to perform a clean install of Windows 2000.

    I have loaded the installation CD and have reached to the stage when it asks me if I want to delete the partition. I have only partition c:\ which I would like to delete and format my hard disk. However, it does not not allow me to delete the partition. It asks me to press 'D' for deleting, but does nothing when I press 'D'.

    Does anyone of you know a solution for this???

    You help is much appeciated.

    Rav
     
  2. Chicon

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    Hi locus,

    You don't have to delete the only one partition you have on your computer.
    You will be able to reformat the partition - it will be needed because the virus.
     
  3. locus

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    Hi,

    Does this mean I should not choose option D. How can I format my hard disk then?
     
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    You boot your PC with your Windows 2000 installation CD,
    you select R as to make an emergency repair,
    you select C to get the recovery console,
    you will be asked which Windows 2000 you would like to log on and your answer 1,
    DOS prompt will be displayed,
    you type the command format C:

    After that, you reboot with your CD and you make a fresh install
     
  5. locus

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    Hi Chicon,

    Thanks for your reply.

    Do I need a boot floppy disk? Does the Windows 2000 CD allow me to run the setup from DOS?
     
  6. Chicon

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    If you do as I told you in my prior post, the CD will stay in its drive. You'll get the DOS prompt that will allow you to format your partition.
    If the boot on CD has been enable in the BIOS, you have just to let the CD in its drive and you reboot (the install CD of Windows 2000 is bootable)
     
  7. locus

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    Hi,

    Can anyone help?

    I am still having difficulty doing a clean install of Win2000.
    Here are the steps I am following:

    1. The set Up screen come up with

    To set up Windows 2000 now, press Enter
    To repair a Windows 2000 Install, press R
    Or Quit

    2. If I press Enter, I get the following:

    To repair the selected Win 2000 Install, press R
    To continue installing a fresh copy without repairing, press Esc.

    3. If I press Esc, I get the following:

    To set up WIn 2000 on the selected item, press Enter
    To create partition press C
    To delete the partition, press D.

    By pressing D, nothing happens. I only have the c drive partition.

    Now, If I selected Repair option R in 1.), then I press C for console in the following screen, the DOS prompt comes up. However doing format c: does not do anything.

    Basically, I have only the c drive partition. I cannot delete the partition nor format it.

    Any ideas how to proceed from here?
     
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  9. locus

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    Hi,

    I have a floopy boot disk, this consists of 4 floppies. How do I run the delpart.exe program? Is there another way of formatting my hard disk which has ntfs c: partition ?

    Any bright ideas?
     
  10. locus

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    I have copied the DelRun.exe in my fourth floppy. How do I run this utility i.e. at what stage????
    I can boot from the floppy, and Win 2000 setup is launched.
     
  11. Squashman

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    I assume you are talking about the Windows 2000 setup boot disks. You dont need those.

    Download a Windows 98 bootdisk from bootdisk.com and put the delpart utility on that.

    All you have to do to execute it is type the filename of the utility.
     
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