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Reformatting Your PC.  
User currently offlineN754AN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 709 times:

Hi all,

I want to reformat my computer, wipe all the hard drives and completely start again as if it were a brand new, just purchased computer,
but I have no idea how to do this!
I am running on Windows XP Home Edition.

Any help would be great!

Cheers
Chris

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User currently offlineJoeKuboj From Serbia, joined Feb 2004, 164 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 698 times:

1. Backup all you want (on second partition/drive, CD, DVD, or something else)
2. Insert your WinXP CD into your CD drive  Smile
3. Restart your computer (and set CDROM for 1st boot device in BIOS)
4. Follow instructions (select format/erase/reinstall or something like that)

...and that would be all  Smile



It's not a bug, it's a feature.
User currently offlineN754AN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 689 times:

Hi Joe,

I did as you said and nothing happened!

I inserted the Windows XP disc in the CD Rom drive, and restarted.. with nothing happening.
Windows just started up as normal.

Sorry to be a pain in the ass but I am useless at this kind of thing!!

Chris

[Edited 2005-01-07 02:51:17]

User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8735 posts, RR: 42
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 681 times:

This only works in case you have a floppy drive:

BACK UP EVERYTHING YOU NEED!!!

1. Look up in the "Help and Support" section how to create a boot disk.
2. Leave the disk in your floppy drive, or put it in.
3. Restart your PC. In case it's set to boot from floppy disks, wait till it's done booting.
4. When you see "c: backslash >" on your screen, type in "format c:" and hit enter.
5. Proceed as your PC tells you.



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User currently offlineJoeKuboj From Serbia, joined Feb 2004, 164 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 676 times:

You need to set your CDROM as 1st boot device.
Restart your computer, press DEL (or DELETE) couple times to enter BIOS and go to Advanced options (like here -> http://www.marutsu.co.jp/dosv/inst/IMG_0553.jpg)

And maybe you should read this http://www.cyberwalker.net/faqs/reinstall-reformat-winxp/ or some similar FAQ/guide  Smile



It's not a bug, it's a feature.
User currently offlineSovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2643 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 663 times:
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I just reformatted a friend's computer about half an hour ago. Basically, first remember to back up everything. Then do what JoeKuboj said. If it doesn't boot from the CD...you would have to either change your BIOS or use a bootable CD. Tell us how it is going.

User currently offlineN754AN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 661 times:

Hi guys,

Just to let you know, I have just succesfully completed reformatting my PC!!!

Thanks for your help... now I have to reinstall everything, including my flight simulator!! Great fun!!!

Thanks once again!

Chris


User currently offlineClrd2go From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 632 times:

I gotta do this tomorrow night on my daughter's system..then I gotta figure out
why my other daughter's laptop doesn't seem to want to access the home
network I set up last weekend.


Jim



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