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How do I format C drive with windows 7 on it I want to put windows XP on

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If it came with win 7 then you may have a varry hard time finding XP drivers for that system, It will most likly not work with win xp,

If you reformat to XP you may loss your HP restore!!

If it dont work and you cant restore it.. then you will have to pay for a HP restore disk or new windows 7 disk.

That said to do it you will need a windows XP CD..

Put win XP cd into your cd/dvd, and boot to cd,
This will start the windows XP instal and give you the option to reformat c drive and instal win XP

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Hi

thank you for using Fixya

to formate C drive and re install windows XP

1 put widows XP CD in to your CD drive
2 restart your PC
3 it will boot your CD just put Enter
4 if not then selact boot option by presing F12 0r F2
5 it will start reding your CD

then just folow the instruction

it will ask you foue setps


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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.
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If you have a Windows XP Setup CD, you can format C from the Recovery Console.
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