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problem with deleting partitions (xp)



Ok, I have WinXP SP1 installed. My drive is an IBM 180GXP 180 gig. It is one giant partition. I've been trying to reformat to get rid of the slowdown that has been coming over my computer but I when I boot from my XP setup disk and try to delete my one partition (so I can reformat/set up XP again), Setup denies it and says that the temporary setup files it is using are on that partition, so it cannot delete the partition. How can I get around this?

Thanks in advance.


OK, what I see during the install is this:

Option to set up WinXP - Enter - I select this
Option to repair with recovery console - R
Option to Repair current installation
Option to install fresh copy in C:\Windows - I select this
Select the only partition to install to
Setup tells me installing 2 OS on 1 HD is not reccomended
Setup tells me a Windows folder already exists, asks if it should delete the existing installation and use Windows. If I select this it reinstalls windows without formatting.

Hipster Doofus

Good grief Charlie Brown
You have to delete the drive (partition) first then install xp. If you select install fresh copy that is all it will do.......copy it over the top.

Once deleted you should be able to cut the drive into smaller partitions if you want.

Don't know why it says installing 2 OS is not recommended. I don't have any grief.


allright, I got a set of XP boot disks off of Microsoft.com and installed using them instead of the CD. For some reason the format option appeared when I selected the partition this time. Thanks for your help guys (mods feel free to lock/delete this if you wish)

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