Is it possible to open DOS with XP Op-system?

June 4, 2011 at 07:33:20
Specs: Windows XP home
When I was re-installing XP Home on my Compac everything crashed and the computer went locked. I can though still open BIOS, but I can't see any possibility to go over to DOS for trying to Format:C and then try re-installing the Op-system again. Is it possible to format C with a locked XP Home Op-system?

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#1
June 4, 2011 at 07:47:44
If the installation failed you boot from the Installation CD. There you will find all the necessary tools there to partition and install the Opertaing System.

Preparing a hard disk with tools from an obsolete Operating System like DOS for a installation of a modern Operating System like Windows is likely to cause you even more problems notwithstanding that there is no DOS in Windows XP. You would need a bootable DOS CD or floppy so you might just as well use the correct tools to begin with.

Stuart


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#2
June 4, 2011 at 08:20:17
Thank you for the answer!
I thought that I could clean the harddrive in DOS and then try installing again with my recovery disc but it seems not to be a good idea.
When I now start the recovery disc this message shows (translated by me):

"It wasn't possible to start Windows because of a configuration fault on the harddisk.
It wasn't possible to read from the specifyed start disk. Check the start path and the disk.
Check in the documentation for Windows about the configuration of the harddrive and the reference manual to the hardware for further information."

The only documentation I have tells me to start the recovery disc which doesn't work - the computer locks with the message above.
Perhaps the only way is to send the computer to HP-support, but that will coast me almost $300 :-(


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#3
June 4, 2011 at 08:47:08
Get yourself a third party partition application. There are some free ones around. Delete the Windows partition be be careful not to delete and recovery partitions that are on the disk. They will probably be hidden or marked as unknown partition type.

When you have done that you should be able to run the recovery disk. If the same thing happens again I would start thinking about a RAM error.

http://www.google.co.uk/#hl=en&sour...

Stuart


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#4
June 4, 2011 at 11:50:44
All you need is the recovery or xp cd. They both take care of the install without any other tasks on your part.

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#5
June 4, 2011 at 15:15:56
Thank you both!
The installation of the XP home op-system is now succeded!

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