|Yeah, using the dos based 9X format command with /s (sys) would only give you a hard drive that boots to a c:\> prompt with 9X system files. And again, it would only work if the partition was fat32. But regarding that particular command, that's the way it's syntaxed.|
If it was fat32 you could boot with the 9X or ME bootdisk and just type format c: and enter and it would work. Of course you'd still have to boot with an XP cd to install the OS.
Why haven't you made any progress? BECAUSE YOU NEED TO BOOT FROM A DIFFERENT DRIVE TO DO THE FORMAT as already mentioned. But then, if you boot from the XP cd you don't have to reformat--just delete the existing partition and recreate it and do the reinstall.
So again, why can't you boot from the cdrom?
How about those