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If you're installing Windows 7, just put in the the installation disk, restart your machine and let it boot up from the DVD. Go through the installation wizard. When you get to the step where it asks you to choose the partition where to install, click the advanced button and select to reformat the partition. The rest of the process is straightforward and the setup will guide you.

If you have problems booting from the DVD, go into the BIOS settings and check the boot order to make sure the DVD drive comes before the hard-drive. Check your motherboards manual on how to do this.

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Hi, how are you? Welcome to FixYa.
I assumed you're using a PC.
DIY. first, be sure you choose the right boot component. by doing this, turn-on your computer press del to enter the CMOS setup, then, locate boot priority, then, select your CD or DVD ROM then save and exit. Insert then your Windows bootable DVD or CD, then, follow onscreen instructions. as the setup goes on, you will be guided how to format your HDD and install a fresh system. that's it! have a nice day.

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Hi I want to format my laptop pavilion dv6 just C drive without losing my data in other drives using backup drive? thank's


You cannot format c drive while windows is running. If your operating system is in c drive then you need an operating system disk to reinstall and while doing this you will be asked to format your c drive If you want to format c drive without loosing data then simply transfer your data to another drive on your computer and use operating system disk to bot your computer Wait for the setup files to load and choose fresh installation option You will be asked to choose the drive to install OS and you can select c drive Then you will be available with an option to format c drive and install OS It will not effect other drives on e computer and your data is safe After installation of OS you can browse through other drives to retrieve your data. Hope this helps or you can ask for clarification if you need Thanks

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RES.SIR, PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO ADD(INSTALL) THE MISSING FILES OF OPERATING SYSTEM TO RUN WINDOWS PROPERLY,WITHOUT FORMATTING CONCERN DRIVE.PLS PROVIDE THE PROPER PROCEDER. THANK YOU.


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Use the OPERATING SYSTEM CD/DVD to run the REPAIR MODE.

REPAIRING THE OPERATING SYSTEM just load or install corrupted or missing files from your operating system thus will not delete any of your files from your computer.

Please rate and make a comment if you find this solution very helpful and might help others as well. Post more comments if you need more help.

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Apr 23, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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If i want to instal mac should i format my computer


You should always format when loading new operating systems. It is better to install from a clean disc rather than one that is loaded with another operating system even if it is partitioned unless you have two drives on your computer. It is a good idea to format "Yes" Thanks for using FixYa! John

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I recently installed xp black on my computer n now I have two operating systems running how do I get rid of the old one


when you install a operating system and dont want both on your computer you format ur hard drive then install

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How t format a pc with centos os?


The formatting and installing the PC with the centos is similar to the other Linux operating systems .
Initially insert installation cd and boot the computer and with the help of GUI you can perform the formatting and installation .
Installing centos is similar to rest of Linux operating systems

The detailed steps can be found from tyhe following link
http://www.howtoforge.com/installation-guide-centos5.1-desktop

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How to install many oprating system in one pc.


windows.microsoft.com/.../Install-more-than-one-operating-system-multiboot - United States
technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc749051(WS.10).aspx -

www.thespinningdonut.com/how-to-run-multiple-operating-systems-on-one-computer/ -
Read above links they will teach you how to do it.
Basically, partition up hard drive, install a "Boot Manager" install Each Operating system, at boot time, PC boots to a "Menu" where you choose which one to start.
OR Use Vmware or Virtual PC, Install on Windows, and you can add as many "Virtual OS's" that you need..

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Hi guys..i got a problem with my laptop cq40.i cant install vista os.3 type os i had tried.but none of them can install.otherthing,is it my cq40 cant use windows xp sp3?


you may need to format your hard drive before installing any operating system on your laptop. also try removing the hard drive, use an ide/sata adapter and connect it via USB or install inside another computer.

use THAT computer to format your hard drive and install your operating system initially and then remove it and place it back in the laptop to finish the process.

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I have got a 2gb scan disk memory card i cant access it or format


Hello Friend,
Here is a method to try:

  1. Backup all data from your hard drive to another hard drive or CDs or DVDs.
  2. Turn off your computer.
  3. Insert the USB drive to a USB port.
  4. Turn on your computer.
  5. Hit the F8 key when prompted to get to your system bios. Some computers required the Delete key or F2 instead of F8. There should be a note on the screen that specifies the key.
  6. Navigate your bios (usually using your cursor keys) to boot from CD drive first. Save and exit.
  7. Insert your operating system disc aka Operating System Restore disc. Your computer should restart. If not, restart it yourself.
  8. Follow the instructions for installing your operating system. When the option to select which drives to format comes, you should be able to see your USB disk in the list.
  9. Format the disk with FAT32 for Win98 or previous. Format with NTFS for anything after e.g. NT, 2000, XP etc.
  10. Depending on your options, you may be able to opt out of the operating system install at this point. If it was running well beforehand and you can, leave your other drives alone and quit the re-installation.
  11. Reset the computer to boot from the disc drive the operating system is on instead of the CD drive as before. You should have your working flash drive detecting and usable now in windows.
  12. If you didn't get the option to opt out of the re-installation, continue to follow the instructions onscreen and complete the re-installation, formatting whatever drives are required. Note: Do not try to install your operating system onto your USB disk drive. Also be cautious when formatting to keep in mind all data could be lost.
Best Regards,

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the two operating systems are not compatible. I assume that you are trying to rollback to XP on the computer. The problem is to remove the Vista o/s and install XP.

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Did u format HDD in installing Vista? If not, it means the system had dual boot, and XP boot file was missed. u have to fix the boot file to support dual boot completely.

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