Reinstall of windows xp

By biozombie
Dec 25, 2005
  1. I wanna clean install windows xp again but I get the message important files need to be copied cannot complete task. How else can I blank out my hard drive and start over new?
  2. Tuntis

    Tuntis TS Rookie Posts: 21

    Erm, what is exactly your problem?
  3. biozombie

    biozombie TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It's just time for me to have a fresh start on my computer. I want to delete my partition and start over new. I got a new motherboard and processor and want a fresh start with them. Windows tells me important files need to be copied when I try to delete my partition. I've already saved all my files I wanna save onto discs but don't know what it's talking about when I can't delete the partition due to it needing to copy important files. :knock:
  4. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    Are yuo booting from the XP CD or trying to do this from within windows?
  5. Arcanum

    Arcanum TS Rookie Posts: 181

    Well, you could try to format the partition if it's FAT32.

    Just use a Win98 bootdisk with a on it, works every time, with no exceptions/errors/problems - I can send you a copy of mine if you want to...

    If it's an NTFS partition, simple deleting of everything on it should yield same results, however, that cannot done so simply as formatting FAT32 as DOS doesnt recognize NTFS by default.
    In that case, you could use FDISK...

    The message about important files shouldnt appear, unless youre trying to delete the Windows partition from Windows itself :) (not very smart). Could you explain in more detail your procedure when you try to delete everything? So we could see where you're doing it wrong...
  6. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    ok on the install dis on boot let it load
    you are booting from install
    do this if you are not
    if you have password protected any file undo this operation and recopy/save them
    so on disc boot xp loads up and after prompt to install it wil show you the disc indo high light this disc and choose delete
    after a few confirmation prompts you will be back to the install screen
    now it shows a unformatted hard drive choose this and format after that it should go smoothly
    PS if you have a sata drive read the sticky here bout loading drivers for MB
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