reisntalling windows xp

April 17, 2009 at 11:31:13
Specs: Windows XP, 512 mb
should i delete a partition and make a new one
is it safe
thank`s in advance

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April 17, 2009 at 13:09:36
Should I.. implies you are not sure you know what you want done. No one here can make up your mind for you.


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April 17, 2009 at 13:23:05
just am asking
is my system going to work properly
if i delete all the partitions and make new ones

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April 17, 2009 at 13:30:01
Deleting a partition and then recreating and reformating it... If all is well with the system (i.e. the drive is OK) then yes... all will be well.

You appear to say "partitions" in your last post? Do you have more than one on the drive? If more than one.. then simply reformat the system partiton (the one where the OS will go)...; and this you can do during setup... - as long as you carefully read the screen prompts and ensure you reformat the correct one (usually c: as opposed to d: etc... ).

But perhaps first post back what partitions you have; and why the decision/need to re-install etc?

This latter mainly so folks here can give you their best advice/input overall?

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April 17, 2009 at 13:35:53
i have got two pratitions(C and D)
the C one is full of viruses
if i reformat that partition
will it remove the viruses
and make my system ok

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April 17, 2009 at 16:29:41
Reformatting will wipe everything from that partition; and unless you have boootsector virus you will be clean... However if there are nasties in the d: partition they will remain...

Before you go for a rebuild (reformat/re-install OS etc...) I suggest you go to TrendMicro and run an on-line (freebie) Housecall scan. And also AVG if they still offer a similar "service" under another name... And there are I think one or two other freebie scans around too?

Disable XP system restore first though; and once you think (believe) your system is clean re-enable system restore.

What virus util are you using? I use Avast (freebie version) does all I need; but I still run a Trend Housecall from time to time - as no single util will likely catch them all first time round; although they all do usually catch up with one another overall in terms of catching the pests... And are you also using freebie M$ pest cleaner/remover (malicious software tool - as it does work...)?

What pests are you being troubled by; possibly others here can help you get rid of them - and thus avoid having to reformat etc...?

I would consider a total rebuild only after exhausting all other options first...

If you do an on-line scan - it will likely take a while for a full one...; and first I'd back up (as in copy off to optical media) all data files etc... And if (hopefully not "when"?) you do decide for a rebuild - again ensure all data is copied off the system entirely; just in-case...???

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April 18, 2009 at 09:55:20
you know...
the system is dead...
i can no longer start the windows...
so i will reformat the c partition...
it will sort up the things up...
thanks and have a nice day...

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April 19, 2009 at 06:56:19
i have got a problem
when i press enter to format c partition (via BIOS)
i receive a message
installing two operating systems in one partition
can cause the other operating system to not work properly
press c to countinue
should i ignore this and countinue the installation?
thank`s in advance

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April 19, 2009 at 23:19:44
"... i press enter to format c partition (via BIOS)..."

mmm - you've lost me there...


Presumably you are reasonably familiar with XP installation routines various...

When opting for a fresh/new installation... you are usually able to retain partitioning as is; change the size of target partition - which means you "will" usually/effectively delete "all" partitions if you decide to change the size of target partition - and thus recreate it (and logically change it all for the drive), after-which you (re)format it.

If you boot with the XP CD and follow prompts... you ought to get options to "repair an installation" and also to install a fresh one. If you opt to install afresh then a default location (typically C:\Windows) is offered? Is this when "you" get the above warning about two OS in same partition?

You could go ahead and ignore the warning re' two OS in same partition (what have you to lose at this juncture)? But again - are you absolutely sure you have everything off the drive is that is worth saving (i.e. all data/personal files etc. - before you do anything further? And have you considered/tried a repair routine; and also an on-line scan? You "may" achieve the latter (on-line scan) via a Knoppix/Ubuntu (linux variant on a CD) if system will not boot via original XP installation; likewise data save/transfer if needs-be?

Presuming you ignore the warning and go ahead with the second installation, and the second installation goes in OK - and works... - you will have a boot-menu listing both versions... Simply ensure you are set to boot by default to preferred (second) version; it usually is set that way anyway - the last OS in (XP/NT/XP) is by default set as such... Then locate and delete the original version (via XP Windows Explorer or MyComputer); empty the Recycle-bin; defrag drive to tidy up the scene... Finally you can edit out the reference to deleted version from boot.ini...

If not at all worried about retaining any of the current partitions on the drive... simply go for total fresh install - and opt to reconfigure the drive afresh? In effect you could/would resize the original C: partition (actually delete and recreate it to same size if you wish - or a little larger/smaller); format it and install OS. Balance of drive would be configured via XP Disk Management util?

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April 20, 2009 at 04:25:08
i am installing windows xp; the previous OS on that partition was windows xp;i think that a better alternative is to delete the c partition and create a new one, and format it.
if do it i won`t get that warning:
"installing two operating systems in one partition
can cause the other operating system to not work properly
press c to countinue"
if it is right thank you for everything
if it is not tell me where do i go wrong

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April 20, 2009 at 06:26:02
You don't need to delete the c: partition; simply reformat it during setup - a new installation. Do not accept any offer to change drive partitioning and simply accept to install to c: partition.

Is this a laptop or a desktop system; and does it have a floppy drive?

Do you have everything that is important to you (data files etc.) already saved off the system (usually to optical media - cd/dvd). If so then you could simply go thru' a fresh install and follow the prompts to effectively reconfigure the drive - both with a "new" c: partition and another d: partition, which can be the same sizes as now...

Re' the error mesage (above) is unlikely to be of any concern overall.. More than likely the second version will work just fine. And thus you can then simple delete the original version from within that new/second version...? I'd go that route first... Worst that can happen is that it doesn't work out... And if that were to be the case... then simply go for a totally fresh installation - reconfiguring/reformatting the drive in the process - as per standard XP installation routine.

But first be sure you have nothing on the drive at present that you wouldn't wish to lose...

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April 20, 2009 at 06:31:55
i am going to ignore that message
i hope i is going to work out

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April 20, 2009 at 06:33:40
but i have another problem
my other computer beeps everytime when i start it
long beep...
it has been caused by some new software
no idea how to fix it

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April 20, 2009 at 07:08:12
what is going to happen if i delete the c partition,recreate it and then format it...
i prefer that solution...
i think that there is not any difference...
and from unpartitioned space i am going to make two other partition...(2+1=3)

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April 20, 2009 at 22:27:41
These tell you all about the various "beeps" - and what they mean... (this one covers all makes of bios...)

Suggest you read all of the above...!

And have you made any changes to the system physically at all before or since you started to have problems; installed RAM, changed any hardware etc.?

I get the impression you are fairly familiar/cogent with computers... but not entirely... And I feel you need to be really aware of options various and also any risks depending on what you decide to do in the end... Which is why again I ask you the following questions - and thus far you haven't answered them...?

What make and type is this computer - laptop or desktop/tower?

Are you happy to completely wipe and reconfigure the drive afresh; as in remove all partitions and then create new ones?

Also do you have everything of value copied off the drive?

You ask - "...but... what is going to happen if i delete the c partition,recreate it and then format it..."

Deleting and recreating the current c: partition may work out OK, and not cause you problems with the d: partition/drive... Simply reformatting c: again ought not to cause you problems. But in either approach it's wise to be aware of possibe issues that "might" result... which is why one ensures all data etc. is safely copied elsewhere beforehand?

How big is the current c: partition; and also the d: partition? and what is the file format of each?

Is the XP CD you have a full version (OEM or retail) or a Recovery CD?

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April 21, 2009 at 00:55:11
don`t worry
i have copied to CD everything that i wanted to save
it is a full version of the cd
partition c is 74052 mb, and d partition is 76152 mb

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April 21, 2009 at 05:37:50
Everything I want to save already copied to Cd/DVD...

Then I'd start afresh in this case. Run standard XP setup routine; opt to accept the suggested location for XP installation - but redefine the partition size for it. This will then allow you to create the "new" c: (whatever size), and "new" d: (again whatever size); and the additional/third partition e: .

Once XP installed OK.. simply copy back all your priceless data etc. to whichever partition?

Ensure you have XP key etc. to hand. Also there is a routine you can run to avoid having to re-register the installation... Can't recall exacly what/how but it's out there and possibly others here will oblige/help with it too?
You could go your initial as per your path/idea and simply delete c: and reconfigure space into two partitions etc... But frankly I'd go for the true fresh start...

Give your self a decent space for the OS - say 30-40Gig?

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April 21, 2009 at 07:05:33
Mistakenly you people use the wrong term "reformat" The correct term is just "format"

Best of luck..Frank!

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April 21, 2009 at 07:17:40

ahh... a true observer of a typografikal and/or sintaktical error...

oh pedant, pedant... - wherefore art thou pedant...?

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April 21, 2009 at 09:40:04
about response 16
that is what i wanted to "hear"
i know a CD key which is genuine
i am going to delete the c partition and recreate it with the same size like now (70gb)
and about format instead reformat-i`ve got it
thank`s for everything
have aq nice day :D

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