I would like to reformat my windows xp os

May 21, 2011 at 17:45:07
Specs: Windows xp
i would like to reformat my xp os, I already have the window xp boot disk and now I would like to know the step by step process starting from the first thing i have to do.

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May 21, 2011 at 18:08:43
KEEP NOTE:When you reformat the hard drive, ALL of your data will be lost forever, which includes any updates you have downloaded, programs, and documents, and will also require reinstalling Windows, making your personalized settings lost, multimedia, EVERYTHING!

Follow the steps below:
1. Insert the Windows Boot Disk.
2. Shut down your computer.
3. Turn it on.
4. On the VERY FIRST screen you see, press F12 until the screen disappears.
5. A list will appear, choose your installed CD drive.
6. "Press any key to boot from CD" press a key!
7. Windows setup will load. Wait while it loads the drivers.
8. A screen with options should appear. Choose "Set up Windows now".
9. Choose the main hard drive.
10. Choose format the hard drive using the "NTFS, FAT, or FAT32" your choice.
11. The drive will be formatted.
12. Windows setup files will be copied to your hard disk.
13. Your computer will restart.
14. After your computer boots up Windows Setup will continue.
15. After setup is complete, your computer will be restarted.
16. Your hard drive will be reformatted and have Windows on it!

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May 21, 2011 at 21:32:57
Reformatting means to wipe the drive (or partition) & set up a file system. Once it's formatted, then it can be used for storage or for the installation of the OS. NTFS is generally the file system used for XP.

The instructions above are pretty weak & don't take into consideration that you may have a SATA drive. If that's the case, there are several steps that will need to be taken to get XP to install. There's also no mention of what has to be done AFTER the fresh install of XP such as installing all the device drivers, service packs, Windows updates, etc.

And I'm not sure what a "window xp boot disk" is? Does that mean the full installation CD? Do you have the product key? Below is a page of XP install guides, I'm not sure which to recommend because I don't know what you have:


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May 22, 2011 at 06:54:34
Yes to the above messages.
I would also get and use a free program to back up all your drivers as well.

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