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FDISK (I think I need to start from scratch)

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by medic17506, Sep 22, 2004.

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  1. medic17506

    medic17506 Thread Starter

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    Okay here's what I have my HD is partitioned into c and d drives...I want to remove the c partition and reinstall the c partition then put xp back on. I do not have a bootable floppy (nor do I have a floppy drive...) can someone outline what I need to do and where I need to start to get me back up and going?

    I did try to put the xp disk in and just reinstall the OS...now when I boot up it sees that is has two OS and asks me if I want to boot up with WIN XP or WIN XP.

    Any help would be appreciated...

    Medic17506
     
  2. Old Rich

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    Sounds like you did not delete partitions and recreat them. To perform a clean install of XP, you need to boot to the XP CD,delete existing partitions, an recreate the ones you want.

    Prior to installing, enter BIOS ( Setup ) and make sure the CD/ROM the first boot device. Put your XP Disc in the drive and disconnect all external peripherals except the keyboard and mouse, and be sure those are not USB, or wireless.

    Once you set your BIOS to boot first from cd . . when it restarts you will see a black screen with a prompt "Press any key to boot from cd" . . do that and you will be able to delete partitions and recreate the ones you want and proceed to formating and installing XP. In your case, you can just delete the C partition, then recreate it . . leaving the D untouched.

    That message can pass quickly, so have a finger on the keyboard when you boot.

    This is a good guide to reinstalling XP . . you might want to print it for reference during the install.

    http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sg_clean.asp

    You will have to reload drivers and applications, After the installation, you will need to download and install the MicroSoft Critical Updates. Alternately, this would be a good time to install SP-2, while windows is clean. Prior to connecting to the internet be sure you enable the XP firewall.

    Good luck and have fun . . wrs
     
  3. fabulous

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    put in ur xp cd
    from there u can do everything
    format, partition and install
    u just have 2 follow instructions
     
  4. medic17506

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    Thanks guys...I don't know how I missed them last time...but it was all on the CD just as you had said...that was too simple. I now have a fresh version of WIN XP Pro and OFFICE XP Pro. This is GREAT! My e-mail works again! Thanks I appreciate your help.
     
  5. Old Rich

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    While the system is clean would be a good time to upgrade to SP2

    wrs
     
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