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We purchased a computer from an auction yesterday and it had both linux and win xp systems. We removed the linux as per instructions but when we tried to use the disks we though came with the computer we found they were incorrect. The computer still has win xp but keeps booting in the now empty linux drive not allowing us to get into windows. Can you help?

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Try this: Restart the computer. When it starts to come up you will most likely see a screen that tells you how to get to the Bios setup. Go there and see if there is a way to change the boot order to boot from the drive that has Windows on it.

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  • By a linux installation CD and here too, format the drive in FAT32 or NTFS and here, ONLY CREATE ONE FULL PARTITION COVERING ENTIRE SIZE OF DISK.
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