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I have 2 drives C:\ and D:\ Im trying to reinstall my windows but my c drive would not allow me to do so. Instead I could only do so on D:\ Now I have three options during bootup: c:\Windows, D:\Windows and Set up Windows Xp Now, I have installed windows on my D:\ drive, I would wish to format my C:\ However I am unable to do so because the system says there are setup files on C:\ so Its not possible. Please help. I want to reformat my C:\

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Assuming that XP is what you are installing first boot from the cd. You can do this by pressing F12 at boot for a one time boot option or enter setup -F2, F1, Delete, F10 (depends on which computer you have). Once you make the cd drive first boot watch the screen for the 'press any key to boot from cd'. When you have bootstrapped to the cd Windows will have several actions to choose from. Select Install.
The next question will be whether to install a fresh copy, repair or exit.
Install a fresh copy. Windows will display a list of partitions. Select C drive. Then it will tell you that you have setup files there and you should continue (the first time you did this you were still using the hard drive -not the cd). Choose the option to delete the partition. That done choose C drive to install Windows on the empty partition. Format options appear. I would choose the full NTFS format. After formatting and setup files are loaded a reboot will be performed. Do NOT boot from the cd at this point or you will be in an endless loop! Either ignore the 'boot from cd' prompt or at setup choose the hard drive for first boot -the setup files are now there so boot from c drive. Windows will now install normally with the product key thing and all setup configuration settings. Again or twice again boot from C drive. After all is done you will find D drive still there with a Windows installation. Now you can drag wharever you desire to retain into the new C drive installatio and use D drive to also provide any hardware drivers that the new Windows on C drive cannot find. Then you can delete or format D drive and keep it as a separate partition or 'grow' your C drive partition with the empty partition by going to Run>type msc>computer management and peruse the console displayed to manage your disk drive partitions.

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Actually YOUR boot.ini file is in the c drive and also its your active partition.
so for formatting the drive c, you have to boot your cd from bootable xp cd, for this go to the bios of your pc and select first booting device cd, save it and exit.
when it boots it will ask for press any key to boot from cd, press any key.
the file loading process will start
Keep your eye on the screen messages for booting to your cd Typically, it will be “Press any key to boot from cd”
Once you get in, the first screen will indicate that Setup is inspecting your system and loading files
When you get to the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER to Setup Windows now
The Licensing Agreement comes next - Press F8 to accept it.
in the next screen it will show the previous version of window installation press esc key , the in the next screen it will ask for the drive where you want to install the xp select c drive and press enter, the in the next screen select format option and press enter
please do follows the instruction that comes on screen
for formatting the other partition open the my computer after the installation select the drive rigth click on it , select format
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Hello Hugimouse

How about trying this out. When you insert your XP installation CD. Do as though your are going to install Windows again until you come to the part where you can see all your partitions. Then Just click on it and say delete. Then just before the installation begins i.e after deleting the partition force shut down your PC. Restart and Log onto D drive. From there it should be easy to do the formatting.

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Hi.

Insert the xp CD in the drive.
Where it asks you to choose a location to install xp, just delete both the partition. (default button D)
Then make two fresh partition and install xp in the first one (that is C).

This will solve your problem.

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