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Old 11-11-2005, 08:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question How do I do a complete format and OS reinstall?

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My HP laptop has been experiencing a few OS and related software glitches lately, and I thought it was time for a fresh start. But rather than use OS recovery software that is available I would prefer to do a complete format and reinstall Windows XP as if I am starting right back from the beginning again.

My laptop came with a Windows XP installation CD as well as a driver CD. The only thing is, I am not sure how to sucessfully format my computer. In the past I have done so, but the result has been less than desired and I ended up with remants of my old system all over the place. Any help or pointers would be much appreciated!
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Use a windows 98 bootdisk from www.bootdisk.com 98 oem version

fdisk it and format it and you wont have anything left on it
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And then I will be able to install Windows XP (from CD) as if it were the very first time?
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Old 11-11-2005, 10:05 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You can just pop in your XP CD and choose to reformate from there.
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You can just pop in your XP CD and choose to reformate from there.
Thats not a full format, though. He wants everything gone
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what is fdisking? cause this may help me solve my problem...

Wait, dose that just mean booting up into ms dos, and fomating c? with commands like c:\>format c:

and get the warning message?

Cause if so, then im going HD shopping.
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what warning message?
you use fdisk first to delete and make a new partition and then use fdisk once you reboot
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http://www.windowsreinstall.com/winx...exfullpage.htm
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You should try Nlite.
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