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Windows xp/vista issues

I formatted my hard drive before I changed from xp to vista, I saved a bunch of stuff on the previous operating sys. to cd's, now that I have vista installed I try and reinstall the info from the file cd's that I made and vista says that there is nothing on the cd, when I know that there is.
How can I get vista to extract the info that it claims isnt there

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You probably didn't finalize CD you burned from XP. Insert the CD into an XP computer and see if you can file the files.

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How to format your computer


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Unfortunately, you have provided no information on your operating system. The information set forth below is for Windows XP.

When formatting a hard drive you will need certain things to perform this task correctly. Here is a list of things you will need when you want to format your computer.

  1. You will need a Windows operating system CD. Hopefully you will have the original CD hanging around somewhere. it is also okay to use a copy of your exact disk that you had as long as you have your Windows COA sticker attached to your computer. This is also known as the COA sticker and holds the serial number for your copy of Windows.
  2. You will definitely need to have your files backed up to either an external hard drive or maybe even an online backup service.
  3. When formatting a hard drive you will obviously need a computer that needs a format. This might be a computer with so many errors that it is not worth fixing. It may also be a computer that just hasn't had a good format in a long time.
  4. If you are formatting using Windows XP or even Windows Vista you will need to have either a backup of your device drivers or a system disk that holds your drivers. If you do not have a disk that hold your device drivers then you might have to search for them on the Internet. before formatting a hard drive I seriously recommend making sure that you have a driver for your network adapter so you can connect to the Internet. This will allow you to download the other drivers if needed.*

Backing up your files before formatting a hard drive

*This is one of the most important things that you can do. People do not understand that when you are formatting a hard drive, this means that you will wipe every piece of darter from that hard drive. If you had saved photos and files or even e-mail addresses, they will all be gone after formatting the hard drive. I hope you understand what I am saying here. Absolutely everything will be gone from your computer and you will only have a fresh new copy of Windows is installed on your computer. This also means that any programs that you have installed, such as photo editing programs, games, and so on, will be absolutely gone. When you have finished formatting your computer, the usual procedure is to reinstall all of your necessary programs and drivers to enable you to start using your computer again.

indows operating system

  • When formatting a hard drive with any version of Windows you must insert the operating system CD and boot from it. This means that you will see a message on the screen saying "press any key to boot from CD or DVD..". If you do not see this message when you start your computer with the Windows operating system CD in the CD drive, then you must enter your computer BIOS and change the boot settings. Here is a brief tutorial on how to change settings in your BIOS.
  • It is always recommended that you delete the previous partition that Windows was installed on an create a new partition for the new installation.
  • In all versions of Windows you will have the chance to divide or partition your hard drive into any size you require.
  • All of the recent versions of Windows use the NTFS file system. It is not recommended that you use the old FAT32 file system.
  • When formatting a hard drive in any version of Windows you will see an option to choose a quick format or a slow format. A slow format is always better when you have had major errors on your computer. This can also be known as a low level format.

Common problems people have when formatting a hard drive with Windows

  1. The first step is probably the hardest. As previously mentioned above, you will need to insert the original Windows operating system disk and then start your computer so it boots to that CD. People do not realize that you need to enter the BIOS to change the settings to make the computer boot to the CD first. Some people think there is a problem when the CD does not start.
  2. People often get confused when deleting the partition and creating a new one. Please pay particular attention to this area as it is not as hard as you think.
  3. When you have had your Windows disc for a long time it can become worn. Often I will make a copy of my original disks to use as the original would not transfer the system files to my computer correctly. If you find that when formatting a hard drive, the process stalls a number of times, then it could be your CD is worn out.
  4. One of the common problems that people have when formatting a hard drive is that they accidentally interrupted the process. It is not okay to stop the process of formatting a hard drive half way through. This is a definite way to cause major errors or even the dreaded black screen on your computer.

Formatting your hard drive with Windows

Below I am going to list step-by-step instructions to follow when formatting a hard drive in various versions of Windows. They are all very similar with only a few minor differences. Therefore if you are experienced in formatting a hard drive using Windows XP, you will definitely have no problem formatting with Windows Vista or Windows 7.

The following steps below presume that you have entered your BIOS and change the settings for your computer to boot to your CD or DVD drive. Therefore you will see the message on the screen saying "press any key to boot from CD or DVD..." If you have not this far and press a key on your keyboard, this means that you are booting into the CD to start formatting your hard drive.
Formatting a hard drive using Windows XP

1. The first screen you will see will be blue and it will look like files are being loaded onto your computer. You will be prompted to press the F8 key to agree to the Windows terms and conditions.

2. The next screen you will see after booting from the CD will be a blue screen. On the screen you will need to read it carefully and then press enter. If you press enter on your keyboard, this means that you want to install Windows XP. See the screen shot below:

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3. Now you will see a screen showing the previous installation of Windows.

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4. Select that version of Windows so we know which partition we are going to delete. If you have not got a previous version of Windows on your computer you will see an un-partitioned space.

5. As you can see in the screenshot above I have selected the previous version of Windows.

6. Now I will press the escape key to install a fresh copy of Windows XP.

7. On the next screen I will select the partition with Windows on it and press D on the keyboard to delete it.

8. Then I will press the letter L to confirm that I want to delete that partition.

9. To recreate a petition we will need to press the C on the keyboard. Your computer will estimate the size for the partition and all you have to do is press enter.



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I want to reformat my aver aspire 4520 laptop, which runs on vista, to run on windows xp. none of the ways i found on the internet helped me as i either couldn't find the function required or it wasn't...


During the boot process you will see on the screen to press delete to enter setup

Press and hold delete during the boot up process to enter BIOS the scroll down to advanced bios features press enter change your first boot device to cd,press escape then press f10 to save to cmos to restart

this will erase you operating system you have to have a operating system disk to load it onto you hard drive or create a partition to load another operating system

(note after you have loaded the operating system you must go back and change the first boot device to your hard drive)

hope this helps


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foer that you should have a bootable windows xp cd and boot it from it and then reformate the hdd with quick formate. but before doing that make sure that the dat is backed up and you have all the drivers for windows XP. But instead of that I would suggest you to upgrade your sys. to windows 7.

best of luck.

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This should fix the problem, if you have any new info or need further help with any of that post back. Thank you for choosing Fixya!

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after starting computer and boot it with this cd when u start ur computer u will get a massage "press any key to boot from cd"
and install xp from cd also format ur hdd with xp op sys
it will solve ur problum

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I would take it back to them and demand that WINXP Pro is put back in there and it boot correctly
They saved about 50 bucks putting in WINXP Home.

Sounds like a bunch of rookies trying to pull a fast one.

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