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reformatting and clean install of xp

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by ron24151, Feb 14, 2007.

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  1. ron24151

    ron24151 Thread Starter

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    I have a duel booy w/ xp and visya, i want to get rid of vistaand have only xp, so whats the way to do this, i tried to restart from disk and install no go

    what am i doing wrong?

    any step by step instructions any where?

    what about 2 partitions,one just for the o/s then one for the programs iinstalllater on, if this is the way to go any instructions here?

    thanks
    ron
     
  2. Old Rich

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    You should be able to boot from the Vista Install disc . . delete partitions and create new one (s) then format and install. How large is your HDD? . . Partitioning to separate the Operating System and data makes a lot of sense, but separating the Operating System from the Applications does not.
     
  3. ron24151

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    icant find my vista it was the beta, want to get rid of it and stick w/ xp it is a 160 gb hd so i just want one os thanks
     
  4. Old Rich

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    Opps I ment to say
    Full version of suggestion follows:

    Enter BIOS ( Setup ) and set the first boot device as CD/ROM. Put your XP Disc in the drive and disconnect all external peripherals except the monitor, keyboard and mouse, and be sure those are not USB, or wireless. Any internal USB card should also be removed.

    If you are using an upgrade version installation CD, you'll also need a CD with an older operating system ( Windows 98SE or Windows ME ) to complete the install. Also Make sure you have the 25-digit product code for the Windows XP CD.

    Once you set your BIOS to boot first from cd . . when it restarts you will see a black screen with a prompt "Press any key to boot from CD" . . do that and you will be able to delete any or all partitions and recreate one or more, then proceed to formating and installing XP.

    That message can pass quickly, so have a finger on the keyboard when you boot. This will delete all data on the drive so be sure you have your important data backed up. The prompt will appear after every reboot, but do not press any key on subsequent reboots. The setup process will continue with no action required from you.

    If you do not get that message, and you have another optical drive, try the XP CD in the other drive.

    If you are installing on SATA drive, there is an additional step:

    http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org/how_do_i_install_windows_xp_on_a.htm

    This is a site that walks you thru a simulated XP installation:
    http://www.echoproject.net/en/software/catalog.html

    These are good guides to reinstalling XP . . you might want to print one for reference during the install.

    http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sg_clean.asp
    http://www.socrtwo.info/cleanxpinstall.htm
    http://www.theeldergeek.com/xp_home_install_-_graphic.htm

    You will likely have to reload drivers (Chipset first) and applications, If your XP installation disc does not include SP2, after the installation, you will need to download and install SP-2, while windows is clean. Prior to connecting to the internet be sure you enable the XP firewall.

    If you want to save your files and settings, you can use the XP Files and Settings Transfer (FAST) wizard to create an image of them and save to cd or other removable media. These are good guides to using the FAST wizard. Just be sure you have an up-to-date antivirus before you re-instate them!

    http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sg_fstw.asp
    http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_repair_install.htm

    For help entering BIOS: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm
     
  5. ron24151

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    it goes from push any key to set up, i tried both drives same thing, nothing about deleting partitions, where did it go wrong?
     
  6. Old Rich

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    Did you get the "Press F8 to accept the EULA" prpmpt? . . just after that you should have a screen that shows the partitions and lets you finagle them
     
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