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i have windows xp and want to re format

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by leadbelly, Feb 16, 2003.

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  1. leadbelly

    leadbelly Thread Starter

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    i dont know how to re format my computer and would prefer it if it didnt blow up on me.would appreciate any guidance.thanks in advance
     
  2. Emtronics

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    If you have your WinXP cd, then insert it into your ROM and then reboot. The computer should boot off the CD and then from there you should be able to execute the "format" command. If your computer does not boot from the CD and instead boots back to Windows, then you must enter the BIOS and set the BOOT order so that the CD Rom is FIRST.

    I don't know your computer knowledge so the above is based on you knowing something about computers. If not, please post back and I or someone here will post the steps to format your hardrive and install XP. It is really easy. You do understand that all your data will be lost and that some hardware maynot set itself up. You may need to obtain drivers for some hardware.

    By the way. I don't think it'll blow up. :D
     
  3. Flrman1

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    Welcome to TSG leadbelly.

    Here is a link to Blackviper's Window's XP Home install guide. It is the best step by step guide I have seen on the net. I used it when I reformatted XP and all went very well. I printed it out so I could refer to it as I was doing the installation. You can click on the individual screenshots shown in the guide so you can see the dialogue. I printed these out as well and labeled them accordingly. You did not specify whether this was a Home or pro installation so the link is to the Home guide. On the same page to the left you will see the pro install guide. Don't worry it really is a lot simpler than you think.


    http://www.blackviper.com/Articles/OS/InstallXPHome/installxphome1.htm
     
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