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reformatting 2000 to XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by wearyourscar, Oct 2, 2003.

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  1. wearyourscar

    wearyourscar Thread Starter

    Sep 15, 2002
    I am contemplating updating my desktop from 2000 to XP, and have one question. When I install XP, will some of my 2000 files still remain on my drive once the installation is complete? What I mean is, when I have reinstalled 2000 in the past, some of my files (from games, programs, applications) have still had folders in the Program Files folder even after I reinstalled (and I thought reformatted too). This not that big of a deal, but when I go to XP, I want the drive to be squeaky clean, like nothing was on it previously. How can I achieve this without installing to a different (without OS already on it) drive?
  2. milomorai


    Oct 23, 2001
    make a boot floppy with the format and fdisk commands on it. then when you want to load xp just boot with that floppy and type 'format c:' at the command prompt. if you want to make more than one partition, run fdisk first. after that you set the boot sequence in the bios to cd-rom first and go from there with the xp install. have fun


    edit: if you want a super squeaky clean drive, get maxtor's power max utilitiy and run the low level format - it puts the drive back to factory original condition. depending on the size it will take from 2-6 hours.
  3. shenrick


    Sep 9, 2003
    Not to step on milomorai's toes (sorry if I am), but you can also go to www.bootdisk.com, download and run the installer for "win98" or "winME" bootdisks. Then, boot with that disk. After it boots to the DOS prompt, type fdisk and go from there. This is how I've upgraded from Win2k to WinXP several times in the past. Good luck
  4. greengeek


    Jul 5, 2003
    The easiest way is to boot from the XP CD and partition, format and install from there, you don't have to fiddle around with floppies anymore.
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