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*If you have access to another computer with a cd burner*

One way is to download the universal boot cd, boot a linux rescue disk image from it and use fdisk to remove all partitions.
This way the disk will be seen by windows setup again.

This is a silly bug in windows setup i've discovered a long time ago. When it does not understand the partitions on a disc it just hangs during the setup screen.

Download the iso image from then burn the iso image to a blank cd. Put it in your dead machine's cd drive and boot from it. Then choose one of the linux boot options.

When linux is up and running type fdisk ENTER
Then press p and a list of partitions comes up

Press d (delete) and then the number you see after /dev/hda etc.

Do this for every partition you see listed or just for
the first if there is data on the second/third/etc..

Press w (write) q (quit) and reboot with the windows cd in place.

p.s. This does irreversably remove
partitions and data on the disk!

Posted on Jan 11, 2008


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