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Need help with formatting

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  1. SpecialCC

    SpecialCC Thread Starter

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    Trying to install a new hard drive, which went fine to begin with until I started installing the XP OS and found out my product key # is missing. :rolleyes: I have a Win 98 boot disk and 98 OS disk but now the computer has 'started' installing XP so now I need to format the hard drive to be able to install Win 98, until I can get the product key for XP. I need to boot from MS-DOS to format the hard drive, but when it gives me the options, it don't offer the boot in MS-DOS mode without going into safe mode, which starts the XP version. :confused: I need help getting into DOS to format the hard drive so I can install Win 98 temporarily. All suggestions appreciated!! :)
     
  2. coreyjames66

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    If it offers to go to "command prompt", choose it, then type fdisk.

    You'll get warnings that it will wipe your hdd. That's good 4u

    It's been awhile, but this should format your hdd. methinks.
     
  3. SpecialCC

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    Thanks Corey, but I can't get to the command prompt in dos. When I restart and press F5, it takes me to the following menu:

    Please select the OS to start:
    Win XP
    <this is my only option>

    Use the up and down arrow keys to move the highlight to your choice. Press enter to choose.

    For troubleshooting and advanced startup options for Windows, press F8.

    So if I press F8, the options are:

    safe mode
    safe mode with networking
    safe mode with command prompt
    <which I tried but this just goes back to the OS menu and when I press enter, it starts win XP in safe mode, but of course won't finish since it's not totally installed>

    enable boot logging <tried this one too but it still starts windows too>
    enable vga mode
    last known good configuration (most recent settings that worked)
    directory services restore mode (windows domain controllers only)
    debugging mode
    disable automatic restart on system failure

    start windows normally
    reboot
    return to OS choices menu

    use the up and down arrow keys to move the highlight to your choice


    I'm not sure which of these, if any, to try. I think I could get it formatted if I could just get to the command prompt on dos, but can't seem to get there. Do I need to press something else besides F5 on startup?
     
  4. coreyjames66

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    O.k., Sounds like you're in a real situation here.

    Do you have another computer-or friends computer that you could hook this up and f-disk it? This would solve your problem.

    I'm bored tonight, so I'm gonna look into this for a while.

    Still, I'd try ANY and ALL options to see if you can get something clicking. It can't hurt at this point (I wouldn't think)

    I'll post if I find something.

    Regards,
    Corey:eek:
     
  5. coreyjames66

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    Say.........If you did a "Upgrade" of XP, there should be a "Uninstall" file for XP that would be accessible from safe mode.

    If I remember right, it IS in add/remove.

    Try that.
     
  6. SpecialCC

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    I think I have managed to get myself into a complex situation....haha. I've tried the other options and they all still take me right back to the windows setup where I left off at (waiting for the product key #).

    I do have access to a laptop and another desktop, but I'm not sure how to do it that way.

    Thanks Corey! Your help is appreciated!
     
  7. SpecialCC

    SpecialCC Thread Starter

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    Trying the upgrade idea now! Oops, I just looked at the screen and it's doing the same as it did with the installation. It didn't offer any options, just went to the point it stopped at on the other. But it was a good idea!
     
  8. crjdriver

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    Boot with your xp cd and choose repair NOT install from the first menu. This will put you into the RC [recovery console] Now type "diskpart" without quotes. This will bring up the nt disk partitioning utility. Delete ALL partitions on the disk; exit the RC.

    Now you can boot with a win9x boot disk and run fdisk and install win9x.
     
  9. SpecialCC

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    Thanks guys! I got it going again....thanks for all your help!
     
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