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Format computer

By jsgfl
Feb 22, 2009
  1. i have an older model compaq aramada laptop with xp pro and all service packs
    i have drives c: and d:
    the computer has one or several virusus.

    i have tried the following methods to format but no success

    1-Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer
    Management > Disk Management].
    Right-Click the disk and select Format.

    2-disable System Restore [Start > Programs >
    Accessories > System Tools > System Restore

    3- format in safe mode

    one other method that i have not tried is to format in dos
    i do not know how to get into dos
    i do not know the commands
    i did go to a site

    bootdisk.com

    downloaded 14 programs but not sure which one to use as a "boot disk"
    i do not know what the boot disk is used for
    this may not be the way to go

    Any help would be greatly appreciated
    thanks
    jsgfl
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Do you have a Windows XP Setup CD ?

    If so, you can just boot from that and then select to remove the Partition when prompted
    [​IMG]
     
  3. jsgfl

    jsgfl TS Rookie Topic Starter

    the disk that i have is the widows xp version 2002 with service pack 2
    i do not see anything regarding set up disk
    is the one that i have the correct one to use?
    jsgfl
     
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Yes

    Best you get some help from someone who has Setup Windows before, that can come to you personally

    There's a bit involved with doing this for the first time, especially when it gets to the drivers install stage ;)

    The picture above can be clicked on to show you all the steps very simply.
    You could try following that precisely, but again best to have someone with a bit more technical knowledge (ie anyone over 13 these days ;) )

    I have nothing else to add
     
  5. jsgfl

    jsgfl TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thank you for your input
     
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