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Old 02-06-2007, 12:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Im trying to format my pc, just the normal format through my recovery cd. Its an emachines cd that i got.
whenever i do the regular format, it says its unable to do so, since i hav a service pack installed. I looked in add\remove and couldnt find SP2 to remove.

SO any suggestions,
needed asap.
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Old 02-06-2007, 01:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Use the Add or Remove Programs tool in Control Panel
1. Click Start, click Run, type appwiz.cpl in the Open box, and then click OK.
2. Click to select the Show Updates check box.
3. Click Windows XP Service Pack 2, and then click Remove.
4. Follow the instructions on the screen to remove Windows XP SP2.


Use the hidden $NtServicePackUninstall$ folder
1. Click Start, click Run, type c:\windows\$NtServicePackUninstall$\spuninst\spuni nst.exe in the Open box, and then click OK.
2. When the Windows XP Service Pack 2 Removal Wizard starts, click Next.
3. Follow the instructions on the screen to remove Windows XP SP2.


Use the System Restore process
1. Click Start, click Run, type %SystemRoot%\System32\restore\rstrui.exe in the Open box, and then click OK.
2. Click Restore my computer to an earlier time, and then click Next.
3. Click the date that you installed Windows XP SP2, and then click Installed Window XP Service Pack 2 in the Restore Point box.
4. Click Next, and then follow the instructions on the screen to remove Windows XP SP2.


Use Recovery Console
Warning The following steps contain information about modifying the registry. Before you modify the registry, make sure to back it up, and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up, restore, and modify the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
256986 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/256986/) Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require that you reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

If you cannot successfully remove Windows XP SP2 by using one of the previous methods, follow these steps: 1. Insert the Windows XP startup disk in your floppy disk drive or insert the Windows XP CD in the CD drive or in the DVD drive, and then restart your computer.

Note When you receive the following message, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD:
Press any key to boot from CD

Note Your computer must be configured to start from the CD drive or the DVD drive. For more information about how to configure your computer to start from the CD drive or the DVD drive, see the documentation that came with your computer or contact the computer manufacturer.
2. When you receive the Welcome to Setup message, press R to start the Recovery Console.

Note Multiple options will appear on the screen.
3. Select the Windows XP installation in question.

Note You must select a number before you press ENTER, or the computer will restart. Typically, only the 1: C:\Windows selection is available.
4. If you are prompted to type an administrator password, do so. If you do not know the administrator password, press ENTER. (Typically, the password is blank.)

Note You will not be able to continue if you do not have the administrator password.
5. At the command prompt, type cd $ntservicepackuninstall$\spuninst, and then press ENTER.

Note After you complete this step, you cannot stop the removal process.
6. At the command prompt, type batch spuninst.txt, and then press ENTER.

Note The Spuninstal.txt file appears. As the file scrolls down, you will see errors and files being copied. This is normal behavior.
7. After Windows XP SP2 is removed, type exit, and then press ENTER.
8. Restart your computer in Safe Mode. To do this, press F8 as the computer restarts.
Note After you restart, the system may lock up with a black screen. (Your mouse will work.) In this case, restart again by turning the computer off and then back on. The second restart will let you to log on.
9. When your computer restarts, Windows Explorer (Explorer.exe) does not run, and the Windows icons and the Start button are unavailable. To resolve this problem, follow these steps: a. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to start Task Manager.
b. Click File, and then click New Task (Run...).
c. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
d. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Servic es\RpcSs
e. On the right side of the viewing pane, right-click ObjectName, click Modify, type LocalSystem in the Value data box, and then click OK.
f. Restart your computer

10. Use one of the previous methods to remove Windows XP SP2 from your computer.
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Old 02-06-2007, 03:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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in the add\remove area, i cannot find Win SP2.
The recovery cd that emachines gave me, doesnt have the options you mentioned.
ALl it has is System recovery option 1, and the 2nd option is a destructive. and the 3rd is that it will back it up and then format.
thats it. only 3 options.
So am I out of luck?
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Old 02-06-2007, 05:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You should pay just a little bit more attention. There's the hidden folder you can use to uninstall it.

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Use the hidden $NtServicePackUninstall$ folder
1. Click Start, click Run, type c:\windows\$NtServicePackUninstall$\spuninst\spuni nst.exe in the Open box, and then click OK.
2. When the Windows XP Service Pack 2 Removal Wizard starts, click Next.
3. Follow the instructions on the screen to remove Windows XP SP2.
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Hey man, i tired all the steps.
I ran the run command and this is what came up
It isaid that the location is unavailable.
I even tried looking in the windows folder and showed the hidden files...nothing was found.
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Old 02-07-2007, 12:50 PM   #6 (permalink)
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there's also a check box (in add/remove) that hides/shows windows updates
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i've done all the following, this problem really bugs me.
I do know a little more than avg about computers.
I had done the following before, but I was hoping fo new solutions.
Thanks though, appreciate the help
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Sorry for the confusion, I didn't know you tried it. Does a friend have a copy of a Windows XP CD? If so, you can reformat with that., or you can download MaxBlast (Maxtor, and Seagate if I'm not mistaken), LifeGuard (WesternDigital), or the equivivalent for the HDD brand you have. Just got to your HDD Manufacturers webpage, and go to downloads and it should be located there, it will completely format the drive, without having to uninstall Service Pack 2. Good luck, Jeremiah.
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Its an emachines recovery disk. Would there be a legal way to dl another windows cd, but use my own cd key?

If thats ok, thats what ill try doing next?
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Old 02-08-2007, 07:55 PM   #10 (permalink)
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it's simple just use powermax in my signature to wipe the hard drive clean. then use the windows cd to install windows. powermax will destroy that bootsector info that stopping you from installing windows.

while you are at it, I would slipstream so2 into my xp disc using autostreamer
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