Clearing XP without reinstalling an OS

By Dzargul
Dec 12, 2008
  1. I recently purchased a newer laptop that does not contain an OS. I plan to install XP on it from the full install CD I already have. All my files have been transferred from my older laptop to CD, but I need to clear the OS from it as I'll be giving it away and I don't want my current copy of XP on it.

    I have tried to create a bootable CD to create a dos shell so that I can simply format the C: drive, but the CD insists on booting, then simply loads XP from the C drive. Once this is completed I cannot format C: because it becomes the system drive.

    Is there a way to create a bootable CD that will not automatically search the C: drive for the OS? I considered using a Win98SE boot disk, but the instructions I've found always call for a floppy drive, which I do not have. Thanks in advance!
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    I'm not exactly sure what you mean

    Just boot from the Xp CD
    And when you get to the part that says press L to remove the partition(s) do that
    Once the partition(s) have been removed, remove the Windows CD, and turn off the computer
    All done. A computer that has nothing on the harddrive
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