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Format hard Drive

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by mfrashuer, Jun 11, 2004.

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  1. mfrashuer

    mfrashuer Thread Starter

    Sep 24, 2002
    How does one force the WinXP cd to read upon booting up. I have changed in the bios, CD-ROM, Hard drive, then floppy. It bypasses the cd and goes straight for the desktop. even if I don't set it to the hard drive it still goes to the desktop. I don't get it.
  2. BTS '76

    BTS '76

    Dec 7, 2002
    is this a version of XP that you bought, or did it come with the computer your using?
  3. Old Rich

    Old Rich

    Jan 17, 2003
    If you have the BIOS set to first boot from cd, when you start up you will get a black screen with the prompt "Strike any key to boot from CD" . . it will not be there very long so have a finger on the keyboard when you turn it on.

    After that you will have the chance to delete partitions and recreate as you want. Xp will then format the partition you choose to install on and proceed to the installation.

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


    Have fun . . wrs
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