Formatting with no floppy

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Hi, I've got a slight problem here. I bought a new Laptop from a person who didn't include a floppy drive with it. I didn't mind at first, but now I need to format the laptop and I can't make (or use) a boot disk. I read that I can make it boot from the cd-rom, but I really have no idea what to do, I've never installed winXP from the cd before. Can anybody help me out?
 
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ok, go to the bios and set it so cd rom boots first in the sequence. then make sure you save and exit. to get to the bios just keep clicking delete while booting. Good luck. Is this an xp ugrade or not. If an upgrade, you will need an older version of windows when asked during install
 
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In order for your laptop to boot from the cd you have to change your boot options in BIOS. Restart your laptop press "del" to enter setup. This has been awhile so bare with me, i think it is in the integrated peripherals menu but im not positive, that will show the boot order ie. Floppy, Hard drive, CD rom. If it isnt that menu it will be one of them but you should see what im talking about, changing the boot order wont do any harm so dont worry. What you need to do it change your primary boot device to your CD rom. After doing this exit Bios, and make sure you save this settting, you will have the option of saving and quitting and quitting without saving. Now after you have exited, put the XP disk in the cd rom and restart the laptop, this should solve your problem.

p.s. dont play around in bios unless you see exactly what i described, this is how my bios works, if you dont see what i talked about, post back here.
 
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You can just follow the instructions on the right, (using the +/- to move the order) an put the floppy (if you have it) then CD-ROM, then HDD's.
 

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Mine didn't look exactly like that, but I figured it out. I would like to erase everything though, if I format the hard-drive, will I still be able to boot from the CD, or will I need the drivers installed for it?
 
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BIOS is not on the HDD, it's built into the motherboard. It loads before anything else, which is why you have to be EXTREMELY careful when you upgrade the BIOS.

Sorry, got a bit off the tipic there... Back on topic:

When you boot to the CD, you can just delete the partition and make a new one. That'll format it.
 
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Originally posted by Bradstard:
Mine didn't look exactly like that, but I figured it out. I would like to erase everything though, if I format the hard-drive, will I still be able to boot from the CD, or will I need the drivers installed for it?
It's a virtual computer. It's easier than digging out my digital camera, rebooting my computer, and taking a picture.
 

Bradstard

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Ok, sorry to keep asking all these stupid questions, but XP is foreign to me. How can I format the drive if it won't let me into dos?
 
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When the XP CD setup asks you what partition you want to Install XP on, click whatever partition is there and delete it, then make a new partition. You can do all of this in the setup.
 

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ok, everything seems to be running smoothly, thanks a lot guys!! You saved me.....again....
 
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