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I installed windows xp, but to do that i had to convert my partitition to a ntfs, when everything was done i restarted the computer and it will show the windows xp starting to boot up, but then it will go to a blue screen saying that the header does not match, which means that it is probably looking for something in the old partition to start the computer. So i must not have done a clean format and install. I would like to do that now but it wont even let me format from msdos with a startup disk, i have tried everything??? basically all i need to do is format my hard drive to start clean again and figure out a way to have the fat32 partition to do so. please help.
 

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Windows XP setup would have asked you if you wanted to have NTFS or leave FAT32. You do have a choice.

The boot disk (I'm assuming that you are using your Windows 98 one) from Win 98 will not work if you have NTFS. You will need to get a boot disk for XP from www.bootdisk.com It will allow you to boot to the command prompt.
 
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if you start the install over again from scratch you should get the option to formate the partition using NTFS. That will get you a clean install of XP.
You can remove the NTFS partition with the 98 boot disk, use the "delete non dos partition option". If you delete the partitions and leave the disk blank XP will format it for you. It's better to format it with NTFS than to convert from fat32. If you convert from fat32 to NTFS you are stuck with the fat32 cluster size. This is very inefficient for NTFS, and you will take a performance hit.
 

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If you have data / files you need to keep, do a repair install of xp. If you do not need anything on the drive, a clean install is the better way to go. Upgrades quite often have problems. The only upgrade that I can even recommend is from win2k>XP pro. That one seems to work reasonably well.

You are given a choice when installing as to file system if your disk / partition is <32 gig. If it is more, the only option you have is ntfs or to leave the current file system intact.
 

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You can remove the NTFS partition with the 98 boot disk, use the "delete non dos partition option
Only if the ntfs partition is a primary one. Fdisk cannot remove a logical ntfs partition that resides in an extended partition. This is one of the reasons I recommend against using win9x tools for nt based os. Note you can also delete partitions from the recovery console.
 

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You shouldn't need a boot disk, just put the XP cd in the drive and restart and do it all over again.
 
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