need to reformat my laptop

October 4, 2012 at 23:45:49
Specs: Windows 7
I'm using windows 7 on my laptop and I want to reformat it. How will I reformat my laptop using my desktop computer (windows xp)

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October 4, 2012 at 23:48:15
Why would you want to use your desktop computer to format your laptop?. Formatting is done using an installation disk if you are reinstalling, or a disk utility if you just want to erase everything from the hard drive. Which are you trying to do & why?

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October 5, 2012 at 01:10:07
it is very simple use win 7 disk nd simply format it using bios

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October 5, 2012 at 02:14:56
Hi Easy, Johnr has raised some very valid points.

Please bear in mind reformatting wipes the disk entirely.

Is this what you want, and if so why?

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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October 5, 2012 at 02:56:19
Too much casual talk of "reformatting" on these forums. Most people misuse it when they really mean "reinstall OS"; and that should be the very last step, when all else fails, not the first step in trying to solve a problem.

Before anything else, make sure that you have a working copy of your OS install disk and that you know how to use it; and if you don't have good backups you will lose your data.

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October 5, 2012 at 06:04:16

"Formating" (or reformating) will completely erase all data from the hard drive (or partition) & setup a new file system (usually NTFS). Once the drive is formated, it can be used for file storage or Windows can be installed. Formating does NOT install Windows, it is a step that is taken to prepare the drive before Windows can be installed.

Why do you want to downgrade to an OS that's over 10 yrs old anyway? Did you check to see if XP device drivers are available for your laptop? Do you know how to install XP to a SATA hard drive? There are a few different methods that can be used but the best is to create a completely new XP disc with the SATA drivers slipstreamed into it. Do you think you can handle it?

How to Slipstream Your SATA Drivers Into a Windows XP Installation CD Using nLite

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October 5, 2012 at 06:11:07
it is very simple use win 7 disk nd simply format it using bios

There are no formatting facilities in the BIOS, You need a bootable CD/DVD to format and install an OS

The only part the BIOS plays in the procedure it to set the CD/DVD as the first boot device,


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