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I can't remember but at what stage does an O/S install/restore ask for the Product Key? Is it before any partitioning/formatting or any deleting takes place? If the Product Key is incorrect will it be possible to return the O/S back to what it was? windows ask product key for windows vista home basic when started

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I want to resore to default setting but have no disk the cpu was a hand me down.


Depending on the manufacturer, the operating system (e.g. Windows XP Home Premium), and the computer model, the Operating system may be restored in one of the following ways:
1. The restore information may be stored on the Restore partition of your hard drive. This partition is usually located on the same hard drive as drive C: but has different letter assigned to it. You must Click on "Computer" or "My Computer" and look for this "Restore" or "System Restore" partition, access it and run the restore program. If your computer doesn't have the Restore partition than use the step below.

2. The operating system may be restored by using a restore CD for the operating system of your computer. You may borrow this CD from someone. After you finish reinstalling your operating system, Microsoft may ask you to enter the product key. Do not enter the product key of the CD you just used, but find Microsoft Operating System product key on the label attached somewhere to the exterior of your computer, and enter this product key exactly as it appears on that label.

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How to format windows XP from CD


Here is The Step By Step Guide to Format or install win xp from a bootable CD

(Warning: Do it at your own risk, Back up all you data before formating the drive.)


Step1-Insert the windows XP cd in your cdrom and than go to the BIOS by hitting "DEL" or "F12? when your system in powering on. Go to Boot order and make sure cdrom is on the first place.
Save settings and restart your computer.
Once you have successfully booted from the CD, you will see the Windows XP "Welcome to Setup" screen. Press ENTER to begin the setup process.
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Step 2- License Agreement
When it shows about License Agreement just press F8(function key) to accept the agreement.
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Step 3: Previous Versions of Windows XP In this step setup will search for existing Windows installations. after search complete will see two option "R for repair or Esc to install fresh copy"
Note:screen will appear only if a Windows installation is already exists on your pc. If you're installing on a brand-new hard drive,you have to skip this option and see step 5.
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Press ESC. You will be given a list of partitions available on your hard drive.
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Step 5: Partitions If there are multiple partitions on your hard drive, or you have multiple hard drives in the computer, use the UP or DOWN arrow keys to choose your install partition. Please note that your system partition needs to be a primary partition (usually the first partition that shows up in the list), not a logical partition.
The partition should be at least 10 GB in size. Make sure that all the data you need from this partition is copied elsewhere, because it will be deleted.
Once you have selected the right partition selected, press ENTER. You will see the next "you already have a system installed" screen only if you already have Windows installed on this partition. If you are installing on a brand-new hard drive, skip to Step 7.
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Step 6: Continue Installing On The Selected Drive Press C to continue. You will be given a list of install options
krbshg_5.gif Step 7: Format The Selected Partition Select the option to "Format the partition using the NTFS file system (quick) and press ENTER.You will receive a warning about formatting the drive unless the drive is brand-new.
krbshg_6.gif Step 8: Continue With The Format Press F to continue formatting selected partition. If you still haven't backed up, this is the last change to backup your important data, after this step you will not to able to go back and restore your data.
krbshg_7.gif Step 9: Copying Files After the format setup will automatically copy files and restart your computer. Go to BIOS and remove cdrom from first boot device. Start your computer.
krbshg_8.gif Step 10: Automatic Installation After RestartSetup will continue to install after the restart. it will ask you for the product key and user name etc. Fill the forms yourself.

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Jul 10, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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How to format drive c in dos? i am using xp pro...can you give me the steps? PLS HELP I AM NOT FAMILIAR IN COMPUTER BUT I WANT TO DO IT IN MYSELF


Just boot from a Windows install disk (put the cd in, press the boot selection key and select the cd unit) and allow it to run: the first step in the process is selecting the drive (select C), the second one is formatting of the drive - select the regular one, not the quick. After that just pull out the Windows disk or let it continue.

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I have a PC with C2D E7200 2.53GHz Processor, 250GB HDD & 2 GB RAM, I HAve 5 Partition on the HDD and i have partitioned it as C: 20.5GB__D: 68.3GB__E: 68.3GB__F: 38.3GB__G: 37.2 GB. On C Partition WIN...


#1 Use windows backup in Windows 7 to create a full system backup of the OS to DVD or a removable drive. (And well as any data on any other partition)
#2 Repartition drive to roughtly 50 50 split
#3 Install XP to partition 1, Install 7 to partition 2 then restore the backup of 7 to partition 2,

Nov 22, 2010 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional With...

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How to reformat..?


These steps are for formatting your primary drive (normally C:\) in Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and Windows 7 and to reinstall the operating system.

The easiest way to format your computer is by locating your operating system CD. Look for a CD or DVD that specifically says "Operating System" or "System Restore". Insert the installation disc into your CD or DVD drive.

Restart your computer.

When your computer is restarting, you will be prompted to "Press any key to boot from CD". Simply press any button on your keyboard when you see this message. If you do not see this message when you restart your computer, you may need to reset your boot disk sequence. *

*To reset the boot sequence, go into BIOS mode. To do this, restart your computer and while restarting press the F1, F2, F10, or maybe the delete key (your computer screen will say "To enter setup press xxx". You only have a few seconds to press the correct key, so if you miss it you will need to restart your computer and try again. Once you have successfully entered the BIOS mode, look for your boot sequence options. Set the CD ROM drive to be the 1st in the boot sequence. Save your changes and exit.

The CD will load a blue screen, then after a few minutes will ask you to press Enter to set up Windows.

You will then be prompted to select where to install Windows. There will be a box on the lower half of your screen that will either show "Unpartitioned space xxxMB" or will have "Partitioned space xxxMB". Highlight which partition you wish to format (typically it will be the unpartitioned space or the space with the largest partition by most megabytes). Hit Enter after selecting the space to partition.

The next step is to choose which file system to format the drive with. The NTFS option will be the fastest option. For most formatting purposes, choose the option that ends in "Quick". Press Enter when done.

The computer will then begin the formatting process. This process may take a while depending on the size of the hard drive you are formatting and the speed of hard drive.

As soon as the drive has been formatted, the operating system files will be copied to the hard drive and the operating system will start installing.

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How can i install my new window


Hi Ajit,
So you want to install Windows Vista?
Please follow these steps carefully. (I am assuming that you are not asking assistance for upgrading your product). (I also assume that you do not want to keep your current OS on your system as well). (If you want to do either one, please let me know)
Performing a Clean Installation of Windows Vista.
  1. You have to have the Genuine copy of Windows Vista with its Key (Its printed on the CD/DVD Cover). You have to use 32 bit or 64 bit version depending on your System's Architecture and Processor.
  2. You have to Backup your Volume (Partition). Since it requires a Format, the Data will be wiped and will not be recoverable. If you want to do a Dual or Multi boot (Having Several Operating Systems on a Single Machine. If you want to keep your old OS installation, you can do so by selecting a Separate Partition), you have to ready a Volume for your New Installation. It can be Formatted during the Installation or you can format it while you are in the Previous version of Windows. Just Right Click and select "Format" and do a Normal Format instead of a Quick Format.
  3. You must Format the Volume as NTFS File Format which is a MUST. Again make sure to back up all the data of your Volume.
  4. The important thing of doing a Backup is that you can Restore the Files and Folders easily as they were in the Old OS (You cannot Restore Windows Settings from Previous Windows OS).
  5. If you want to Install your new OS over the previous OS, you have to Delete your Previous OS during the Installation. Its better to do a format if necessary. Because the older settings if you have kept them, may make conflicts with the new Directory Structure and the Security Structure.
  6. Now Turn on you machine and Insert the Windows CD/DVD in to CD/DVD ROM.
  7. If it doesn't boot by itself and doesn't ask to Press a Key to Boot from the CD or DVD, you have to check your BIOS to ensure whether the Boot priority has been set properly.
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  9. Go to Boot and set the Boot Priority (Boot Order). The top priority should be given to the CD/DVD ROM. Then hit F10. Save and Exit.
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    Hello, how to install windows xp?


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    • Before installing Windows XP or any other operating system, you should backup all your data. Data can be backed up on a separate partition, if the hard disk is partitioned or you can back it up on external storage devices like CDs or on a network.
    • Restart the computer and go to the Setup menu by pressing F2 and change the first boot device to CD, press Esc and save settings.
    • Insert the CD labeled Microsoft Windows XP into the computer and restart the computer.
    • When the pc restarts, a message will appear telling you to press any key to boot from CD, press a key immediately the message appears and the setup process will begin.
    • After the files have been loaded, Windows will start and it will give you an option of repairing using Recovery Console by pressing “R” or continue with setup by pressing “ENTER”; press enter to continue with setup.
    • Setup will list all your disk partitions, highlight the partition where you want to install Windows, this is mainly partition “C”, press “D” to delete the partition, then press “L” to confirm.
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    • Press “ENTER” again to install Windows on the New (Raw) Partition you have created.
    • Format the partition using NTFS file system.
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    • After setup has finished, Windows will restart and will welcome you for the first time; Microsoft Windows XP will have successfully been installed on your computer.

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    I am trying to restore the original software on my computer and I have the discs. When I put the first disc in ''Symantec Ghost'' error comes up and it won't do anything. Any help what to do?


    You need to format your drive first. Back up all your documents and then follow the instructions belowl.
    nsert the bootable Windows XP installation disc and restart your computer. When you see the message “Press any key to boot from the CD,” press a key to do so.
    A blue screen will show up, and the setup program will now load all the required files. This can take a while, so don’t panic; be patient. Press the enter key when you see a message “Press Enter to set up Windows XP.
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    Now you’ll see “Un-partitioned Space” in place of the list of the partitions. Select this box, and press C key to create a new partition. Now, select the size for the new partition. You’ll now go to the screen that will read something like this: “C: Partition 1.” Select the partition and press the enter key; on the next screen, select the file system to be used to format the drive. You may choose either NTFS or FAT32 file system. Formatting will now begin.
    You may need to wait for some minutes as it takes time to format the hard drive. The time required to format the hard drive depends on the processor speed and the size of the hard drive. Once the format procedure is complete, a new screen will show up that will guide you through the installation of Windows XP.
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    I formatted my TCL K 40 Laptop and I lost my sound, please help,


    firts thing that you need to do is set your BIOS to boot from cd or dvd drive then once you inserted the windows cd and restarted after saving you need to let it boot up from the cd. It will load a cople of files and ask you for a new installation press enter at this stage. After this aggree to the terms and conditions and then if there is no previouse versions of XP it will come up to the part where you need to create a partition for the operating system to install to. once this is done just select the partition and hit enter if it has not been formated do the NTFS and not the Quick one. After you selected this the PX should do the rest all by it self until you need to enter you Product key.

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    You need to partition your hard drive before you install an operating system on it. If you boot off your windows CD and your hard drive has a partition already you will get a screen that prompts you to format it. You can also dellete the partition and make a new partition. AT that time you can select the size of the partition you want to make and creat multiple partitions. If you choose you can creat one smaller partition from the space available for you to format and install windows on and format the rest of the available space later on after windows is installed from the Administration Tools in control panel.

    Jun 02, 2009 | Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

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