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Format error Hi guys...i formated a pc with xp pro cd but after formatting i realised that i cannot connect to the internet becauuse it doesnt even show network coonections and says the device is missing also it doesnt show any icons on desktop like it usually does after only shows recycle bin and no icons on toolbar except is really weird so plz help

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  • salman800 Feb 14, 2008

    well guys seems like you gus think i formatted first time in my life...its not like that i know exactly what format means i had a xp home edition on the pc before and what i needed to do was an upgrade and make it xp pro but instead of choosing the option to upgrade i chose new installation of xp pro now the thing is that xp pro is on the pc but has the icon missing which usually comes on toolbar which shows two computers for a wired network or a single one for wireless...when i go to network places it shows msn icon but says device missing...when the computer boots it shows both xp pro and home edition and asks for which one i wanna run but apparently i cant run xp home edition because it says configuration error and on the xp pro it has the device missing ...also i formatted three times and tried to delete the partition which has the most memory but it says that it cannot be now there is one unpartioned space for 31 mb one for 3081 mb and rest is a large number which has both operating systems so this is the actual problem

  • salman800 Feb 14, 2008

    well i did the repair but nothing problem is that in the network places it doesnt show any network like it usually does when you format thats my actual the thing is that thats a built in thing and not a driver and it should show after you install i need that icon with two monitors attached in the network places in order to connect to internet

  • kdtrue504 Apr 14, 2009

    cannot find the icon for wireless configuration so I cannot connect through a wireless router system. I am stuck to a wire!


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Use Right click on the desktop, then click on "properties", and on the tab "desktop" click in the button "customize desktop", activate what you need to be shown on your desktop.

Any other data in your PC does not exist forever

I suggest you read your user manual and identify all of the components or accessoiries connected to your PC, then download the appropiate drivers from their respective home sites

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Do you realize that formatting your hard drive DELETES ALL of the data on that drive?

As in, gone forever...

So if you have a desktop, then you likely didn't do a "format", so WHAT did you do?

Was the PC you "formatted" an XP Pro machine, or just XP Home?

I'm not sure, but using an XP Pro disc on an XP Home machine may break things.

If it's an XP Pro machine then just put the disk back into the drive and follow the path to perform a windows repair installation.

See here:

And here:

And here as well:

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    Mister X Feb 14, 2008

    We don't know what to think, since you didn't give us all the information we needed to look for solutions to help you.

    You now say: "what i needed to do was an upgrade and make it xp pro but instead of
    choosing the option to upgrade i chose new installation of xp pro"

    And without being there to work on your box, I'd say you may have hosed your windows installation, seeing that you installed XP Pro on top of XP Home.

    How did you manage that without a boot loader?

    From the info I have now, you might try "System Restore" and go BACK to a date BEFORE you installed XP Pro.

    After it reboots, then do an upgrade to XP Pro, otherwise you'll be back here for the same problem again.

    If that fails I'd recommend attempting a windows repair installation, like I mentioned previously.

    Other than that, or another fix from somebody else, I'd say you're likely looking at a complete reinstall.

    Of course, then you CAN install XP Pro all by itself then, rather than doing an upgrade (if that somehow matters).


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