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Old 10-03-2005, 03:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I get this when trying to format my C drive. If theres a better way to get the job done tell me but this is wut it sais

Windows cannot format this drive. Quit any disk utilities or other programs that are using this drive, and make sure that no windows is displaying the contents of the drive. Then try reformatting again.

I understand wuts its saying but i did quit all the programs
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You cant format the C: drive inside of windows if it contains your active OS.
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www.bootdisk.com

boot to a disk with format.com. run format
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Yep........you are asking your OS to commit suicide!!! Boot from your Windows cd and do a fresh install.
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i cant i do not have to key i lost it
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Here is how you can retirve your key!
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/kf141.zip

Now you'll have your key and can reformat!
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alright thanks i got my key and when i reformat and re ininstalled windows and such can u point out some good place to get good ( free ) software i NEED like virus protection and such? And also this is my windows xp cd correct and its ALL i need?

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Here is how you can retirve your key!
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/kf141.zip

Now you'll have your key and can reformat!

This one is just a little bit better...

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ok but is that my xp cd
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Yes. It is your machine specific OEM OS. Use that CD with the serial Number your retrived and you'll be good to go!
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