Originally posted by jcortes
What you need to do is put in your XP disk, reboot, and press F12 or whatever your boot menu is. then press boot from ide-cdrom or something that has to do with booting form your cd drive. then it will load a bunch of files and you will come to a blue screen. press install fresh copy of windows. then it will bring you to a menu with all your partitions. highlight the partitions and delete them all. then go and press create new partition. after you have done that press install windows onto selected partition with the new partition highlighted. It will start to format and form there its just installing windows.
please follow ALL steps.
I have done it 12 times and it has worked every time.
Everybody get confuse here, because when it say repair, they don't know that hitting Escape wil take them to the formatting, delete and create partition page, Because there is nothing there to tell them that.
I would go Blitze105 route, because you won't have to worry about this problem, plus it will clean your master boot record (MBR). it might be a virus there or Microsoft Spyware. none of windows tools are capable of messing with the boot sector (microsoft did that on purpose)
Originally posted by Blitze105
think of it like this... if im using a basketball and trying to play the game.. should i pop the ball? prolly not.. kinda like formatting something that is in use
ok now for your answer:
get powermax to format... once u make the floppy reboot hit F8 or F9 as it reboots and itll give u a boot list. pick floppy itll load... follow the directions in powermax. then after that do the same but from cd, put in ur windows cd hit clean install and there u go.
back up ur junk! and if u have an extra hard drive UNHOOK IT!