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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by sinatra253, Dec 28, 2001.

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  1. sinatra253

    sinatra253 Thread Starter

    Dec 28, 2001
    i have a virus in a old computer i want to delete every thing in it and re install windows xp can i do this and where and how do i go about it and the give it to my friend thanks for any help i can get
  2. n2gun


    Mar 3, 2000
    I assume you have a cd drive as you want to load windows xp. Use a windows 98 or newer boot disk in the floppy drive. Start with cd drive support. Then you can format the hard drive and remove evrything from it and start over. At the dos prompt type format c: and hit enter. When it asks if you want to continue click yes and format it. Then go to the cd drive and install win xp. Note: when booting windows will move the cd rom up one letter. ex: d: becomes E: , as it loads diagnostic programs on boot.
  3. thingy


    Oct 4, 2001
    I may be mistaken in this as I don't have XP but I am under the impression from XP Forums that you can't install XP from DOS.
  4. Dan O

    Dan O

    Feb 13, 1999
    Welcome to TSG.

    Microsoft want you use Windows XP Setup Boot Disks (Q310994), see: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q310994

    But here is something else you can try:

    To install Windows XP from DOS (ie. no OS on a new hard drive):

    Boot with a Windows 98 Start Up disk

    Insert the Windows 98 CD into the CD reader

    Run smartdrv.exe from the Win98 directory on the windows 98 CD (file caching)

    Type cd.. to back up to the root directory

    Insert Windows XP CD into the CD reader

    Copy the i386 folder to C:\

    Go into C:\i386 folder on C: and type winnt32.exe to launch the setup from the hard drive.

    Let us know what you did and how you made out.
  5. Toddles18


    Jul 18, 2001
    Go to your bios settings and make your first boot device your
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