help with reformating pc...

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by the_music_man, May 13, 2003.

  1. the_music_man

    the_music_man aka prodj88 =P

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    ok i want to erase my hd and install a fresh copy of xp. but when i did and then i clicked like erase partion hd or soemthign it said i couldn't erase because it has required setup files on the hd??? can someone help me b/c im confused...
     
  2. Un4gIvEn1

    Un4gIvEn1 Moderator

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    You can not delete an active partition from Windows if the OS that you are using is on it. You will need to use a command prompt utility. Easiest way would be to just throw in the XP disk and when it asks about partitions do whatever you want.
     
  3. SkazzyUK

    SkazzyUK XP-erience Oldie

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    MOD PLEASE MOVE TO APPLICATIONS or HARDWARE

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  4. the_music_man

    the_music_man aka prodj88 =P

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    i did put in the disk and it still said cannot delete partion or whatever. im confused even more now:huh:
     
  5. Bootsy

    Bootsy Huh?

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    you need to boot the computer with the xp cd in the drive (also make sure that in the BIOS you have the cd booting before the hard drive). Then when the blue setup screen comes up, just pick from the menu whatever you want to do.
     
  6. yoyo

    yoyo _________________

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  7. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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  8. Bootsy

    Bootsy Huh?

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    I would as well, good and thorough explanation...with pretty pictures too :happy: