Need help with a worst case scenario :(

By Neptuna_Fish
Feb 29, 2004
  1. How do I absolutely wipe out everything on my hard drive, and re-install WinXP Pro?

    Oh, and I'd do a System Restore to a time before the damage that I've caused was done, except it won't run.

    This all started when I used the Disk Cleanup utility, and I went to the section where you can delete components that you rarely to never use. The only boxes that I had checked were MSN Explorer, and MSN Messenger, I think, and yet when I restarted my computer, it seemed as though everything, but those two that I had checked were wiped out. The programs eliminated were Windows Media Player, and Internet Explorer...At first I thought, "Okay. No biggie. I can just download them again, and re-install them." So, I uninstalled Internet Explorer 6, and went to Microsoft to download the program install iniatializer, or whatever, and the install process will not complete itself, because it detected "a newer version of Internet Explorer", which is bullcrap, because I had removed IE6 from the Program Uninstall utility in Control Panel....So, I became a little desperate, and tried to delete the Internet Explorer folder in Program Files, but that didn't work, because, supposedly, there were other programs running in the background that were using IE components....So, I took it to the next level by deleting IE and IE4 in the registry, and ever since I've done this, I guess I have really knocked my OS upside its head really good, and it won't recover.

    So, I obviously need some expert advise on what steps I now need to take, as I've said, to begin anew by erasing everything on my hard drive; uninstalling my OS, re-installing, etc.

    First step I know I need to take is back up all my precious files to DVD blanks. My files consist of photos, video files, word and PDF documents, mp3s, programs, and zip files.

    My system:

    WinXP Pro
    Asus P4P800
    Pentium 4 2.60 GHz
    2x 512MB sticks of RAM (Kingston)
    120 GB Seagate HD
    ATI All-in-Wonder 9800 Pro
    SoundBlaster Audigy 2 ZS

    ...So...are there any experienced techies in the house that can give me a hand here?
  2. me(who else?)

    me(who else?) TS Rookie Posts: 387

    Can you boot into Windows? If you can't, you'll have to boot to a floppy disk to backup all your files. As for DVD burning software for DOS, In don't know. You might want to get the Ultimate Boot Disk (I don't know where it comes from). It goes on a CD-R and should have all the utilities you need.
  3. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

  4. cajunwolf

    cajunwolf TS Rookie

    Go into bios, set the CDROM as first boot device. Boot to the Win XP CD. Choose to delete the partition. Create a new partition. Format the partition (NTFS is the best choice). When it reboots from this (choose boot from CD option on reboot) it will start coping files and continue to install windows. Just leave the CD in the drive so it can find what it needs but don't boot from it again. Win XP will install.

    Now If you have data on the drive you want, the best way if you have a old HDD that is big enough is do this. Install it as a master, slave your original..load the OS on this can then copy all your stuff to this drive. Change the drives back to your drive as master the other as slave. Reload your drive and copy your stuff back over.
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