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How do i format the hard drive on my e machine and re install windows when i have no disc only the windows xp serial number on the back of the machine and i cant find the manual that came with it as its a few years old?. thank you.

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Hi friend

u need a pyreted copy of windows xp or u have to buy originol cd of the conpny or downlod from here & make the cd of ur xp

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What you should do before formatting the hard drive


If you are going to reinstall the OS or format the old drive, you should do the following first.
1) Back up all your important Data.

2) Download and install driver collector: http://www.drivermagician.com/download.htm save the drivers into your thumb drive for reinstallation after the hard drive is formatted, otherwise you will be doing a lot of searching for correct drivers for your PC.

3) Download and install Belarc Advisor: http://belarc.com/free_download.html
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Whem i turn my computer on its says no operating system found.


Unfortunately that means either your windows installation is corrupt and needs to be reinstalled or the hard drive has failed and needs to be replaced. If you do not have a windows xp disc you will need a technician to do this as you will not be able to without the disc. If you do have a disc however follow these steps.

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Then when the machine says press any key to boot from CD press enter
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Then highlight the windows XP partition it should be labeled windows XP
Then hit R on the keyboard
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If the windows disc cannot find the hard drive or the repair does not completely unfortunately it means that the hard drive has failed and needs to be replaced.

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Pop the disk in the drive and set off your install.
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XP from a clean install only takes 3GB of hard drive space, so unless you are trying to install XP on a drive which is only 2GB then you have no chance until you get a bigger capacity hard drive.

The information will be there at the beginning of setup telling you how many partitions you have (if any) and how big the drive is.

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If your Aspire laptop has a Microsoft sticker at the bottom with the Product Key, it is not necessary for you to re-purchase CD installer of the Operating System. You could try borrowing from friends their XP Pro CD installers or even an OEM and simply use that. When asked for the CD key, use what is printed in the aforementioned sticker.

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flashing a bios, can render your machine/motherboard useless.
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