I cant seem to figure out how to reinstall windows XP

April 14, 2012 at 13:50:51
Specs: Windows XP
I want to reinstall windows XP on my computer because it so slow. I read on the internet that you have to put the windows disk iin, restart the computer and then select reboot from disk but that never pops up. it goes straight to the log in screen. Ive tried pressing F8 and there is no option in there either. what can i do? please help!

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April 14, 2012 at 14:23:24
You need to boot to a dos promps. Can you still get into windows, if you can, go: My Computer / right click on A drive (floppy drive) / left click on format / cheak Create an MS DOS Startup Disk / make sure Quick Format is not cheacked / left click Start. When it is done, restart the computer. The disk should boot you to a dos prompt. Format your hard drive using the format command and reboot your computer. Type in your cd drive letter e.g. D:\ then setup.exe (i think). THen install your OS. It has been a while since I did that so I am not quit sure on every thing but that is what I remember.

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April 14, 2012 at 15:18:29
when i right click on my D: drive there is no format option.

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April 14, 2012 at 15:25:19
On your floppy drive. It should be A:

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April 14, 2012 at 15:27:09
It says

There is no disk in drive A
insert a disk, and try again.

i dont use floppy

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April 14, 2012 at 15:27:55
Why don't you just clean your computer? If you do a reinstall, you will lose everything! All your pictures, videos, music, documents, etc, will be gone, not to mention all your programs & Windows updates. Backup all your important files 1st!

It will take at least a couple of hours (if not more) to get everything reinstalled & your system up to date again. And if you don't have copies of all the device drivers (chipset, video, sound, network, etc), I suggest you download them in advance.

If you insist on going thru with this, the 1st thing you need to do is enter the BIOS & change the boot order. The CD/DVD drive must be listed before the HDD. Make the change, save the settings & exit, then boot off the CD. If you have a SATA HDD, you will have to use one of the methods outlined in the following how-to:


If this is too much for you to handle, post back & we can explain how to clean your system & get it back up to speed again WITHOUT doing a complete reinstall.

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