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If you have the original CD which contains the XP OS, place it in your cd drive, and follow the instructions. It will come to a point where it will ask you if you want to reformat the C drive. Do you have it? Are you aware that Microsoft is no longer supporting XP?

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Format hard drive


Hi
To "format C" means to format the the C drive, or the primary partition that Windows or your other operating system is installed on. When you format C, you erase the operating system and other information on the C drive.
However, it's not a straightforward process to format C. You can't format the C drive like you can format another drive in Windows because you're within Windows when you perform the format. To format C from within Windows would be like lifting a chair in the air while sitting on it - you can't do it.
The solution is to format C from outside of Windows, meaning you need a way to format a drive from somewhere other than your Windows installation. The easiest way to do this is to boot to an operating system (with formatting abilities) from a CD/DVD/BD drive, flash drive, or floppy drive.
This might all sound very complicated but it's actually quite easy to format C. Below are 5 completely free ways to format your C drive:
Note: If you're trying to format your C drive because you want to replace or reinstall Windows, you do not need to format C ahead of time. Formatting is done automatically during the Windows installation. Skip this article entirely and instead see How To Clean Install Windows.
Important: Formatting your C drive does not permanently erase the data on the drive. If you want to completely erase the information on the C drive, see Option 5 below, Wipe the Drive Clean With Data Destruction Software.
1. Format C From a Windows Setup Disc
The easiest way to format C is by completing part of a Windows installation. It's not easiest as far as number of steps goes, but since most of us have a Windows Setup DVD lying around, we have easy access to a means to format drives outside of Windows.
Important: You can only format C this way using a Windows 7 Setup disc or a Windows Vista Setup disc.
However, it doesn't at all matter what Windows operating system is on your C drive, including Windows XP. The only requirement is the disc you use to format C - either a Windows 7 or a Windows Vista Setup DVD. Feel free to borrow a friend's disc if you'd like to try this method but you only have Windows XP... or some other operating system.
2. Format C From a System Repair Disc
If you don't have access to a Windows Setup DVD, but you do still have access to a working copy of Windows 7, you can create a System Repair Disc and then boot to that disc and format C from there.
You can only format C using a System Repair Disc if you have access to Windows 7 to create the System Repair Disc. If you don't have access to Windows 7, find someone who does and create the repair disc from their computer.
Note: A System Repair Disc created from Windows 7 can format a C drive that has any Windows operating system on it, including Windows XP or Windows Vista.
3. Format C From Recovery Console
If you have a Windows XP Setup CD, you can format C from the Recovery Console.
The biggest caveat here is that you must also have Windows XP installed on your C drive. However, if you don't have access to Windows 7 or Windows Vista, this option may be your best to format C.
This Recovery Console method to format C also applies to Windows 2000. Recovery Console does not exist in Windows Vista or later, nor does it exist in Windows ME, Windows 98, or earlier.

Dec 14, 2011 | Samsung R580JBB2 Notebook

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Good day. I bought this Netbook with Windows 7 installed. I need to format and reload Windows XP as I have software that I need to use that only works with XP, I have an external "USB CD Drive"...


Hi neil720...

Installing the external CD Player...
You will go and start up and install Windows XP by doing he following:
Plug in your external CD drive, and let windows install it into the system...
Once the CD is ready to go, shut down the computer.
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You will first need to format your hard drive, I will give you instructions on how to do that.

1...To format your hard drive and install XP:
To set you computer back to factory fresh settings you will need to format the hard drive and install the XP operating system and the drivers.

1.Format the hard drive:
You do this by double left clicking on "My Computer",then double left click the main drive (normally C drive).
When the window pops open, you will choose "Format"
Keep in mind that once you format your hard drive you will loose all your files,programs,pictures,etc that you installed since the computer was new.
So make your back up on a portable hard drive,thumb drive,etc.
2. Once the formatting of the hard drive is complete you will need to install the XP operating system along with the drivers.
You will now insert the CD's into your external CD player starting with #1 first and continuing until all has been installed.
After all has been installed, shut your computer off and restart.
That will bring your computer back to Windows XP factory new condition as far as operating is concerned.
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Sep 15, 2011 | Acer Aspire One D255-2670

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What Windows-compatible "backup" software can


You can format it directly from Windows XP going in My computer then right click on your drive icon and hit format. Don't change anything in the fields but put a check in quick format.

For your backup needs, Acronis are making very good data management softwares.

Feb 10, 2011 | Verbatim 160GB USB FireLite: The "drive...

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I needed to format my harddisk. How do I get my windows XP reinstalled. I have windows product key number. I also have Compaq (pressario) product and serial numbers. Any hints?


Hi there,
Reinstall Windows XP loadTOCNode(2, 'moreinformation'); To reinstall Windows XP, try either of the following methods. If the first method does not work, try the second.

Note You may want to disconnect from the Internet during the installation. This helps protect you from malicious users. Start the reinstallation from Windows XP loadTOCNode(3, 'moreinformation'); To reinstall Windows XP by using Windows XP CD, follow these steps:
  1. Start your computer.
  2. Insert the Windows XP CD in your computer's CD drive or DVD drive.
  3. On the Welcome to Windows XP page, click Install Windows XP.
  4. On the Welcome to Windows Setup page, click Upgrade (Recommended) in the Installation Type box (if it is not already selected), and then click Next.
  5. On the License Agreement page, click I accept this agreement, and then click Next.
  6. On the Your Product Key page, type the 25-character product key in the Product key boxes, and then click Next.
  7. On the Get Updated Setup Files page, select the option that you want, and then click Next.
  8. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to reinstall Windows XP.
If you successfully completed the reinstallation, congratulations. You are almost done. Please continue to the "After you reinstall Windows XP" section to finish.
Method 2: Repair install of Windows XP by starting your computer from the Windows XP CD loadTOCNode(3, 'moreinformation'); Note If Windows XP was preinstalled on your computer, you may need the installation CD to reinstall. Contact your computer manufacturer to make sure that you have the installation CD for a repair installation.

To reinstall Windows XP by starting your computer from the Windows XP CD, follow these steps:
  1. Insert the Windows XP CD into your computer's CD drive or DVD drive, and then restart your computer.
  2. When you receive the "Press any key to boot from CD" message on the screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.
  3. The following message on the Welcome to Setup screen will appear: This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer: To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER. To repair a Windows XP installation by using Recovery Console, press R. To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
  4. Press ENTER to set up Windows XP.
  5. On the Windows XP Licensing Agreement screen, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.
  6. Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP.
  7. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to reinstall Windows XP. After you repair Windows XP, you may have to reactivate your copy of Windows XP. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 310064 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310064/ ) How to troubleshoot Windows XP Setup problems when you upgrade from Windows 98 or Windows Millennium Edition.
Hope this helps.

Dec 28, 2010 | HP Computers & Internet

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I have window xp professional on two drives ie C and E, Now I would like to delete the xp professional from Drive E. How to do that


Hi,
This will erase everything on the E Drive
1. Go To my computer
2. Locate E drive
3. Put the mouse over E drive
4. Right click
5.Choose Format
6.Check Quick Format
7.Now you have a empty Drive

Thanks
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Nov 14, 2010 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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Hi have no idea what the password is for my computer and have no idea what the admin password is either . is there any way i can get into my pc without formatting as i really need info that is on the pc...


Hi,

There are free tools available on the internet that you can dowload onto a different pc and create a bootable disk which will then allow you to reset the password. Suggest you have a look at http://www.wikihow.com/Recover-a-Forgotten-XP-Password

Suggest you try method 5. Other than that, if you need to get info off the hard drive, choose method 6 to get the info off the hard drive before formatting.

Hope that helps

Nov 11, 2010 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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My hitachi hard drive dosent show up in my computer


The reason it's not showing up in XP is because microsoft made updates to drive handling in Windows 7.

The disk is in essence too "advanced for XP"

Your best solution is to copy the data off the drive onto the windows 7 machine, then format the drive using windows XP. Once formatted, copy your files back onto the drive from the windows 7 computer and both will be able to share the drive.

Hope this helps FixYa,

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Feb 22, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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How can I load windows xp onto my aser aspire one


Print out this wikihow document and follow the steps
http://www.wikihow.com/Install-Windows-XP

After you're done. Download the latest drivers for your hardware from Aser's website and install them. Or use the drivers CDs that came bundled with the notebook.

Oct 27, 2008 | Acer Aspire 5100 Notebook

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How to format laptop: step by step please!


1. configure cmos bios... first boot cd rom drive...
2. insert your xp starup/intallation disk to the cd rom drive
3. then follow the instruction appear on the monitor....

after the formating/installation of window xp.. it is the time for conversion..its need a application software..

Apr 04, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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