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Format I don't remember my user password. Running on XP. I need to format the hard drive. Tried with a bootable Xp Cd. it does not respond

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Re: Format

Go to bios and put the cdrom as 1st boot device, after restart watch screen to hit a key to boot from cd.

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The volume is busy...

Hello sparkling202,

• Goto
• Select Windows XP Fresh Install Bootdisk And Bootable CD
(You should be able to format the hd from the bootable cd)

*As a reminder, The format command will ERASE ALL YOUR DATA on the hard drive !

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Hard drive full running xp ,drive is paritionedc,d


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I installed Window XP over my existing XP.

just take win98 bootable CD. Thats the best OS. format whatever partitions you wan't after setup starts through 98.

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by this time reformat you hard disk...

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To format the pc you have to use the Bootable OS cd ( 98 0r Xp )
If you are using 98 then you have to insert the 98 bootable cd into the CD drive set the boot sequence in the BIOS to boot from CD optionand restart the pc after restarting you have to identify the cd-drive letter which also appears at the command prompt here you have to browse the cd using dir/p command and then change to win98 directory using cd win98 here at the prompt(>) type format C: if C is the drive letter of the Harddisk
(2)If you want to format Using XP which is much easier than the previou procedure insert the XP cd and restart the system continue with the installation procedure of xp at one stage it will ask for to select the drive where you want install the xp select the drive and that particular drive will be automatically formated after format it will restart at that time you can remove the cd and exit the installation
If you want to completly delete all the harddisk partition and create new partitions you can do that using the Disk manager cd( PC can be formated and create new partition using Bootable XP also)
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I downloaded a copy of windows vista and it expired,im trying to reinstall my hp windows xp recovery cd and its asking me for a password,cant remember if i ever did set up a password for this can...


At what point is it asking for a password? Has the computer formatted the hard drive yet? It sounds like you might be going in to Recovery Console instead of installing a fresh copy of Windows.

What you want to do is press Enter at the first screen, agree to the license, and then format your hard drive. After that, it will go through the installation without asking for a password. Remember - you'll lose all your data when you format.

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Best solution is that try windows xp or windows vista bootable cd ,it will format your hardd drive and also will install the operating system....
Good Luck.
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