how do i reformat if i cant use windows

March 13, 2010 at 09:26:25
Specs: Windows xp

have a virus, need to reformat/reboot. the reboot data is on a hard drive partition, how can i reformat/reboot if windows doesn't work

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#1
March 13, 2010 at 09:51:50

You reformat with the boot disc (floppy, CD, DVD), that should have come with Windows (or you should have made when you got your machine) not inside Windows itself. It probably wouldn't let you format from inside Windows even if you tried...

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#2
March 13, 2010 at 10:11:45

Only way is to enter with a boot disk. Insert your XP Installation CD and go.

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#3
March 13, 2010 at 15:54:06

it is a mini dell laptop with no disk drive, i have managed to open with safe made but dont know what to do now. screen says, "C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>"

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#4
March 14, 2010 at 10:47:21

There should be an option in the BIOS to boot to an USB drive. You'd need to first set that and then boot to whatever disc you got (or made) with the machine from a USB CD/DVD drive. If you don't have a disc, then you'll need to find one first or use the following to (hopefully format and) install from a flash drive:

http://www.ocia.net/articles/xpflas...


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#5
March 14, 2010 at 11:05:56

That alone is a very unusual safe mode post.

Is the safe mode screen asking for a administrator password and are you actually in safe mode. Safe mode should be written in all four corners of the screen.


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#6
March 19, 2010 at 16:19:56

yes, it does say safe mode, does ask for admin password, but it is my wifes friends computer and she has never set a password

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#7
March 19, 2010 at 18:14:10

press F12 or Ctrl+F11 to boot from the hidden partition.

It is a function that is in the BIOS. You must press Ctrl+F11, when the Dell logo appears and not when the mbr is loaded.

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#8
September 8, 2010 at 04:04:07

Instructions on reformatting Windows xp home from the original cd of Dell for Inspiron mini 1010.
The following steps worked just fine, on the above pc, using a Corsair mini USB 4Gb (I believe it will be ok using a USB up to 1Gb or more.)
Notice: steps 1-7 are made on another PC with a cd-rom drive. Only step 8 is done on Dell mini.

1. You will need another PC with Cd-rom drive.

2. Install the Software WinSetupFromUSB to the other computer
(Download from here http://www.datafilehost.com/downloa...

3. Copy all the files of Dell windows xp cd in a folder with obvious name (example: WinXPcd) on disk C.

4. Plug one USB at least 1Gb in PC

5. Run the software WinSetupFromUSB.

6. For formating the usb (and of course deleting every file in usb, so, save anything you need first...)
press RMPrepUSB button, under 'Format USB disk'. Another window pop up and you make these selections:
FAT32, Boot as HDD (2PTNS), XP bootable (NTLDR), (nothing else...) and we hit button: Prepare Drive.
A little DOS commands window is running, and if you are asked for modifications, choose OK, yes, etc.
When finished, hit exit button on the 'Formatting window' and you will return to main window.

7. On Main window, we have to choose the source of files to be copied and the destination.
So, under Windows2000/XP/2003 Source hit Browse button, and select the folder that you have created with the CD files
(C:\WinXPcd if you have choose the same name). For destination you select your usb (this should be already ok).
In the BOOT.INI adjustments use 'Disk Nr.' 0 because the installation will be in the first (and only...) hard disk. (hard disks' number starts from 0,1,2,3,... in a system with multiple disks). In the 'Partition Nr' enter value 2, because there is a small partition (aproximately 32 ΜΒ), (not figure exactly why but leave it like this...), so, the installation will be in second partition of disk. And... we are ready. Press GO button and have a coffee until it finishes. !Safely remove the usb!

8. Now. On Dell....
Connect USB and turn it on. When you see the first letters on screen, hit F12 for the 'boot from' otions and select USB.
The options of installations is automatically highlited, first step 1, and then step 2... proceed as a normal installation.
There will be 3 restarts of the computer. In all of them don't remove the USB or change the 'boot from' option.
After that you will be able to boot from the hard disk. Remove the USB and there you are!

Tip1: Please, read the documentation of the software, but use the formatting settings for the USB as above. (NTFS formatting is really faster but during the installation some files are missing...)
Tip2: Save your time, save your money, save your PC. Install linux instead... ;-)


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#9
September 8, 2010 at 05:49:15

'Tip2: Save your time, save your money, save your PC. Install linux instead... ;-) '

That almost made me throw up in my mouth :(
That would be like going from a Harley to a moped...too funny!!

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