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If you are going to reformat your entire hard drive, you will need to use an OS boot/install disc from your optical drive, a windows XP setup disc is not enough to get the job done, you need Windows Vista/7 Setup DVD. How To Format From Windows Setup Disc
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This may vary depending on your laptop make and model. The standard method for reformatting any PC (Desktop or laptop) is to insert your manufacturer provided Operating System disc into the CD/DVD ROM. Your submission says this is a Dell laptop so the moment you turn on the computer begin pressing F12 to trigger the one time boot menu. Insert the Operating System disc into the computer while you are at the menu then select boot to CD/DVD ROM (the actual choice will vary depending on your hardware). Since you presumably have an Operating System installed you may need to interact with the boot to cd/dvd to make sure that you do indeed boot to the disc. Once you have booted to the disc follow the on screen instructions to format the system and re-install your Operating System
Insert your operating system disc, power off your laptop. Reboot the system and press either f12 or f10 to enter the boot selection menu, select your cd drive and follow the prompts to complete your reformat.
To reformat your computer, you would need a recovery disc or a stand alone operating system.
Here are the steps on how to install operating system.
- power on the computer and insert the disc
- once the disc is inserted, turn off the computer
- press the power button then after 2 seconds tap F12 repeatedly
- select the cd/dvd option or ODD (optical disc drive) use the up and down arrow keys
- press enter
- once you see "press any key to boot from CD" press enter right away
it will show " Loading Windows"
- then after the next phase will be set of on screen instructions, you just have to select the right option.
Hi, here are the steps in reformatting your laptop...
back up the files by connecting an external hard drive on it. If you don't have that, try flash drive...
If you have a windows CD, insert id on the disc tray.
Turn off the pc.
When turning it on, press F12 repeatedly until Boot Device Menu occurs
Then Select CD/DVD ROM drive
then Press any key to boot from CD
then wait for the prompt and select English for WIn 7
Then select partition 0 to initiate the startup in installing a fresh copy of windows Operating System
It will take 1 hour to 2 hours to finish the installation
You'll need to remove your hard drive, hook it up to another computer via a USB to Hard Drive adapter and use the operating system of the other computer to reformat the hard drive. This will only reformat the hard drive, not install a new OS. To install a new OS you'll need a DVD-ROM and OS installation disc, or a flash drive with an OS installer on it to install from the flash drive.
You need a windows Vista disc. Insert the disc and follow the prompts. I would format the hard drive instead of upgrading do a new install. The best way would be to go into your bios and make sure the boot device order has the cd-rom booting before the hard drive. Then put the disc in and start the computer, when it says press any key to boot from cd hit any key and let it load and then follow the prompts to install.
There is nothing left to do for this one here. The best thing to do is to take your computer to the manufacturer for repairs. Other than that the best thing to do is to purchase an external optical drive / cdrom or dvd drive and purchase another windows xp disc and reinstall it. or if you have the windows cd for this computer that you could use that as well. Those are your best options.