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Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by annafromoz, Oct 2, 2003.

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  1. annafromoz

    annafromoz Thread Starter

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    First i want to say hi to all, its my first time here
    i am wondering if you have very simple instructions on how to reformat ones computer -------> anna is quite the computer dummy
    I want to clean up and start again?
    would appreciate some help...ta
     
  2. Krall

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    Hi anna,

    First of all, Are you SURE this is what you want to do and do you feel comfortable removing EVERYTHING and re-installing your operating system and all the other hardware in your pc? Removing everything is easy. It's getting your PC back to working condition that can be tricky if you dont know your way around pc's.

    Second,
    make sure you back up all your data that you want to keep (Documents,music, pictures, downloaded files, ect..)

    Third,
    I would make sure I knew the make and model of all hardware in my system (sound card, video adapter, modem , ect..)and if I have the install disks that come with the hardware.

    fourth,
    Go to http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm
    Click the link that says "DOS 6.22" and download the file
    after download is complete put a floppy in your A:\ drive, then find the file you downloaded and double click on it. This wil begin writing to the floppy and will make it a bootdisk.
    Leave the floppy in the drive and reboot.

    fifth,
    The computer wil restart and instead of going into windows, it will stop at the DOS propmt (will have A:\ with a flashing cursor) when it is at this point, (ARE YOU REALLY SURE YOU WANT TO DO THIS?) type the following without qoutes "format c: /s" and press enter. this will begin the format. when it is done it will ask you for a volume label. you can enter one or just press enter.

    Your computer will now have no Operating System or Data on it.
     
  3. annafromoz

    annafromoz Thread Starter

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    Thank you so much for ur reply Krall,
    The information you have sent me is great am understanding everything you have written.....Its a deffinate i really do want to start over...i will follow ur instructions down to a fine T.....but not tonight, its after 1.30 early morning here and i need some shut eye...so will sleep on it..........
    Thanx again
     
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  5. annafromoz

    annafromoz Thread Starter

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    RSM123 Hi,
    Thankyou wow this is great, muchly appreciated :))
     
  6. RSM123

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    Hi,

    Just quickly :

    Use http://www.google.com

    Ans search for any other sites related to what you are going to do so you can read up first.

    Also use the TSG Search feature as many people have asked abour Reinstalling Windows before - so if you find those results you will get better advice and more links.

    Good Luck.


    Have a good weekend.

    Richard.
     
  7. annafromoz

    annafromoz Thread Starter

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    Thanx Richard
     
  8. Cowboy622

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    For another link to reformatting instructions see:
    Murph's link
    http://members.cox.net/joemurphy/Startover.htm

    Murf has a good tutorial on his site
    PC911 has one

    murf: http://personal.picusnet.com/jtmurphy/format.htm
    PC911: http://www.pcnineoneone.com/howto/clean1.html

    And see:
    Boot Disk Creation Revealed
    with Proper Fdisk and Format Methods
    Based on tips by, and in collaboration with Jaak T. Doom at
    http://www.lurkhere.com/boot600.html

    Boot disk site2
    http://freepctech.com/pc/002/files010.shtml
     
  9. annafromoz

    annafromoz Thread Starter

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    hi guys just want to let you know how helpful you`ve all been
    :)) have done everything you require before formatting butttttt i think i will sit on it for awhile, Krall your statement "Are you sure" pretty much sums up my lack of confidence so i will wait till i get some.....thanx again guys
     
  10. annafromoz

    annafromoz Thread Starter

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    Im back....ok have followed instructions used boot disc but when i got to the A prompt and typed in "format c: /s" the response was "bad file command" tried several times but still same.....
     
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