How to reformat

By LINZ 3
Nov 18, 2007
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  1. Hi Need Help With How To Reformmat My Computer Need To Clear
    All And Start Again.as I Attempt And Have Partitioned It. Thank You .
    I HAVE WINDOWS XP PRO. P.S MAKE IT EASY AS IM AN OLD NANNA !
  2. Fragrant Coit

    Fragrant Coit TechSpot Maniac Posts: 579

    Insert your XP CD

    Reboot the PC and enter the BIOS {generally by the DEL key at the POST Screen}.

    Look for a section that says "Boot" or similar. Set the CD as the 1st boot device, then the HDD.

    Save & exit.

    Now it ought to start Setup from the CD. After a few minutes, you'll get a few prompts, they are pretty easy to follow. It will then find the old copy of XP, and ask if you want to repair or replace it - you want to replace it. After confirming you want to do this, it will come up & ask you if you want to Format.

    It's always a good idea to do a full Format {not the Quick one} and NTFS is the preferred file system. The Format will take a while, depending on Hardware & Disk size, then Windows wil begin installing.

    It will have a few more Prompts for you - Timezone, Language etc.

    It's pretty straightforward if you follow the prompts!

    Good Luck.:wave:
  3. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +17

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    You need to do the following.

    Diconnect from the net and don`t reconnect, until you have your firewall software installed.

    1 Restart your computer and go to setup usually by pressing the F2 or delete key.

    2 Once you get into setup look for the boot menu and make sure you set it to boot from cd first followed by your hard drive.

    3 Put the Windows xp disk into your cd drive.

    4 Now save your settings and exit setup.

    5 While your computer is booting you will see a message that says "press any key to boot from cd" press any key.

    6 When the welcome to setup screen appears press enter and then press F8 to accept the Microsoft licence agreement.

    7 You will be prompted to repair an installation press the escape key.

    8 Now select the partition that you want to reformat and press the D key to delete it you will be asked to confirm that you want to delete the partition.

    9 Now press C to create a brand new partition you will be asked what size you want the partition to be in mega bytes. If you just press enter then the partition will be the maximum size that you can have. This is perfectly ok if you don`t want to create multiple partitions.

    10 You will now be asked to format the partition select the ntfs file sytem and do a full format.

    11 Once the format is complete setup will continue.

    Your computer will restart during the remaining setup again you will be asked to press any key to boot from cd DO NOT PRESS ANYTHING and setup will continue. Once the setup is complete and you are back in Windows remove the Windows cd from your cd drive.

    Install your firewall software and reconnect to the net. Install whatever drivers you need, then run Windows updates.

    Finally, install whatever programmes/software you want.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
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