N754AN
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Reformatting Your PC.

Fri Jan 07, 2005 10:27 am

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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joekuboj
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RE: Reformatting Your PC.

Fri Jan 07, 2005 10:35 am

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
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N754AN
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RE: Reformatting Your PC.

Fri Jan 07, 2005 10:49 am

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]
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aloges
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RE: Reformatting Your PC.

Fri Jan 07, 2005 10:55 am

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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joekuboj
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RE: Reformatting Your PC.

Fri Jan 07, 2005 11:00 am

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
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sovietjet
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RE: Reformatting Your PC.

Fri Jan 07, 2005 11:34 am

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.
 
N754AN
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RE: Reformatting Your PC.

Fri Jan 07, 2005 12:01 pm

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
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clrd2go
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RE: Reformatting Your PC.

Fri Jan 07, 2005 2:41 pm

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.


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