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I need to empty my computer completely. Can it be done through command prompt?

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by ShadowKirby, Feb 14, 2006.

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  1. ShadowKirby

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    My desktop freezes so is there a way to do it through command prompt?
     
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    You didn't say which version of windows you are running. You might need a bookdisk for earlier versions. Go the this site and click on your OS on the left under Site Paths and you can see a reinstall guide to reformat and reinstall.
    Windows Reinstall
     
  3. ShadowKirby

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    Not completely but so I can install windows again.If so. What is the command?
     
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    if you have a windows CD, when you boot from the CD, you should have an option to reformat the harddrive, which will clear all the old windows programs etc AND ALL YOUR DATA
     
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    Why not? :confused:
     
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    Since the merge, my question is out of order, so I'll ask this one again.......

    Why not?
     
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    You must not be too sorry, I closed ANOTHER THREAD you started after this post :mad:

    If you aren't going to answer our questions, we can't help you.

    I've asked the same question twice!
     
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    This thread is now a little confusing :confused:

    ShadowKirby is the following correct?

    You have Win98 and it will boot up so far - then freeze.

    It does the same in Safe Mode.

    You have tried Scanreg /restore; Scanreg /fix; scandisk/autofix - no joy :(

    You do not have the installation CD or product code.
     
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    yes all of the above is true
     
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    If you do not have the installation cd there is one more thing we can try:

    Switch on and constantly tap f8 ( or hold down CTRL).

    At the Startup Options select Safe Mode Command Prompt Only.

    At the prompt type in (exactly as shown) cd\windows\options\cabs .......hit [RETURN KEY]

    Then type in ...setup

    This should reinstall Windows over the top from the Cab files (if it is there). You may or may not be asked for the product key - if you are ....we have a problem!

    If you do manage to reinstall this way you should still have your data on the system.
     
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    it says invalid directory.
     
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