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Need Quick Help for Dell WinXP looping reinstall

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by libbyinabq, Jul 18, 2004.

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  1. libbyinabq

    libbyinabq Guest Thread Starter

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    The situation: This PC was not protected from virusues, etc, etc, for 2 years.

    I wanted to delete both petitions, set up the one particition as active, format it and start clean to get everything back on in good shape..

    Problem: The Dell install disk would only let me delete a tiny FAT particition of 40 mb but not the big one where all the propblems live.

    In the next screen, Dell's CD told me I would be writing a duplicate program on top of a program and create problems. (That is a new one on me!) So I stopped the installation to think about it. Now when I turn it on, the PC starts and stops repeatedly. looping endlessly !! :eek:

    I tried to get into the bios again to guide activity to a new Cd with a Winxp pro disk in it, but the F12 key command doesn't work (logo is being skipped), and the Dell PC ignores the XP pro CD anyway--it just keeps on restarting..........

    How can I shake this Dell Dimeniosn 2350 PC out of it's daze? I can't return it to my friend this way!

    Just for curiosity-----
    Why didn't it let me delete the main partition so i could totally destroy those bad files. It's breaking all the install rules I know!

    Help would be apreciated--counting on some of you brains out there! :confused:
     
  2. Elvandil

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    Do you have a floppy drive?

    Is the BIOS set to boot from CD as a first option (probably F2 or Del to enter BIOS setup)?
     
  3. libbyinabq

    libbyinabq Guest Thread Starter

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    yes I can--now what do I need on that floppy disk?

    Thanks for reply
     
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