Trouble formatting Windows XP pc

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Lexical

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My dad is trying to format his windows xp pc before getting rid of it. He has the XP disc and has tried the 'press any key to boot cd' during start up but nothing happens. We thought it was a problem with the wireless keyboard but have borrowed another one from elsewhere and it will still not work.

Could anyone tell me if there is another way of formatting the pc. In simple terms please, I'm not great with computers but can follow basic instructions!

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'press any key to boot cd' during start up but nothing happens.
when you nothing happens - the message stays on the screen

what is the XP disk called

Its possible he may have a recovery partition, unlikely if he has the disk as part of the original package

whats the make and exact model of the PC
 

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You may need to use a PS/2 keyboard.

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When you say your dad is getting rid of that computer, is he planning to donate it to someone or dispose of it?

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Here is a good pictorial guide for doing a clean reinstall of Windows XP.

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Lexical

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Thanks for replying.

After spending all morning looking at it, I think I've managed to get it sorted. It was to do with the USB keyboard. Changed the settings in bios (I think, really no idea, I just followed some instructions I found on Google :eek:) and everything worked fine (except for the product key was not recognised but that's another story!)
 
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