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Please!!! Help!!! Reformatting XP!!

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Zyros, Dec 13, 2004.

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  1. Zyros

    Zyros Thread Starter

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    Okay, i have posted thios at heaps of forums and they wont give me any useful info. So now its your turn :p

    I have windows xp cd. But it will not boot up. The bios is correct, and the cd is in there etc. It says press any key to boot, and i do. It detects some stuff then restarts and loads into my desktop! Doesnt do anything. I have tried another version of windows xp pro. Same thing.

    I want to reformat, i need to reformat. This dialer is costing me money. And its slower than a snail with a hammer tied to its leg trying to walk 100 meters

    Can someone please help? Someone mentioned www.bootdisk.com but i dont know what to do with this stuff or what to get?

    Detailed, step by step info will be very much appreciated. Remember, i cant boot with my CD so i need another way to reformat.
     
  2. MFDnNC

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    Is it a legit CD? What other version of XP

    You get the press any key normal message, then...........Please go into a little more detail
     
  3. Zyros

    Zyros Thread Starter

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    Whats legit? Legal?

    Okay, It says press any key to boot from cd-rom. I press any key. ( For example, space bar ) then a it starts detecting something stuff on my computer. This is about 2 seconds after i clicked any key to Boot. Then it restarts the computer. At this point im thinking that it would load into the Partions etc so i can delete them, and create new ones so i can completly remove everything from my computer including the OS which is currently Windows xp Pro. And re-install it again so my hard drive is clean, faster and virus/spayware free.

    So, it restarts then loads up noarmally into my login screen, as if nothing happend. It loads noarmally as if i just turned my computer on.

    Hows that for detail?
     
  4. Squashman

    Squashman Trusted Advisor

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    Is it a Legal retail copy of Windows XP or is it something you downloaded from file sharing software, etc......

    If you cant seem to boot from the Cd, you can download the boot floppies to get the Windows XP setup going.

    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=310994
     
  5. Zyros

    Zyros Thread Starter

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    It is not retail. It is burnt. But isnt there a law that your are allowed to burn cd's for backups. If you own the retail version, and its for personal use.

    My dad bought the retail one. I burnt it off him, but a few mounths ago he lent it to a friend and he lost it. So im stuck with the burnt one. But i have infact used it before to reformat and it worked fine. It booted from the cd. But now it wont, Bios is all set to work and everything. I think this computer is getting very old.

    Anywayz, can you explain there bootable flopies and how i would use them to what i need?
     
  6. MFDnNC

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    I'll ignore that comment - Is this a LEGAL copy or is it an OEM that you got from a buddy or other source.
     
  7. Zyros

    Zyros Thread Starter

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    I expalined above, And if you take that ' Hows that for detail ' Sacasticly. Im sorry, i meant it as a question. I was checking up if that was enough detail for help.
     
  8. ~Candy~

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    Closing thread. Just because daddy has/had a copy doesn't mean you get to use it illegally.
     
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