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I just got my Eee box 1501P without OS. The Win 7 Home will not install unless I format the disk to NTFS. Apparently Win 7 doesn't do it by itself. Further I have two partitions 300GB and 20GB. Any...


The hard drive will be formatted by Win7 and should complete the instal on its own basically. I would install the OS on the 20Gb partition as that will separate your data and extra programmes but it doesn't matter. Win7 will put a crash partition on the disk automatically, usually a few Megs in size and in machine code because it is quicker and more efficient for the processor to utilize.
The drive has to be NTFS to handle file name and extensions. It will work in other formats but NTFS is easier to use.
Hope this helps.

Dec 29, 2010 | ASUS Computers & Internet

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What to do if you want to start a corrupted win 98?



If ur Win 98 system has been corrupted,means only the windows 98 screen appears and then a blue screen appears or after that the system dosnt start or restart follow the following steps:

1. at the time of POST (i.e when u hear the beep sound or when ur monitor shows the first displays) press the F8 key continuously . then select the option Start in Command prompt only
2. in command prompt type C:\>cd windows\sysbckup ( assuming c: is ur system or root directory)
3. then type c:\windows\sysbckup>dir *.cab
4. now select the file depending on the date closest to the date when ur system was operating fine( the file name will be like RB001.cab )
5. now after selecting the file type in the command prompt c:\>windows\sysbckup>copy rb001.cab ..(assuming the file name as rb001.cab)
6. then type c:\windows\sysbckup> cd\
7. then type c:\> extract rb001.cab/e
8.now restart ur pc

happy computing

on Jun 01, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Install Windows 7 or Windows Vista on a Pc Without DVD Media


For user who doesn’t want to waste a DVD disc to burn the ISO to physical media, and does not have WinPE (Windows PE) startup disc, here’s a workaround method to install Windows Vista and Windows 7 into physical computer’s hard disk drive or partition (volume) directly with ISO without writing or burning to disc. The without-disc installation method is useful especially during beta and RC period of new operating system in the making, where the new build and new versionis launching and publishing every now and then. This tutorial guide assumes that the new Windows 7 or Windows Vista will be installed and replaced the original existing operating system currently installed. The instructions can be modified slightly (mainly on hard disk partition used) to fit into need of readers who want to have a dual-boot, multi-boot, or simply just to upgrade install to new OS.

1. Install a virtual CD/DVD drive on existing Windows operating system.
2. Mount the Windows Vista or Windows 7 installation DVD ISO image using the virtual drive.
3. Copy all files inside the virtual CD/DVD drive mounted with the ISO into any folder on any partition or hard disk drive not going to be used to install the Windows OS. For example, copy into E:\Windows7.
4. Copy the bootmgr and boot folders nested inside the copied folder (i.e. \Windows7) to root directory of system boot drive, typically C:\.

Note: For Windows Vista, users may need to use this step: Copy the bootmgr folder from E:\Windows7 to C:\ root directory, copy E:\Windows7\boot\boot.sdi file to same folder in C:\boot folder, and then copy bootsect.exe from the E:\Windows7\boot\ folder to C:\ drive.

Note: boot folder in system boot drive is hidden system folder.
5. Create a new folder named sources under the C:\ root folder.
6. Copy the boot.win file inside \Windows7\sources folder to the source folder created in the system boot drive, normally C:\.
7. Open a command prompt as administrator.
8. Run the following command (change the C to your drive path letter if applicable):

C:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt60 C:

For Windows Vista users who copied bootsect.exe to C:\ root folder, use the following command instead:

C:\bootsect.exe /nt60 C:

A successful message is the command completes successfully.
9. Change the name or label of the boot system partition local disk to BDCP or any name you prefer that easier to remember and type (in DOS command promot, use label command).
10. Restart the computer.
11. After booting up, the system will start the corresponding Windows installation process. Select the applicable language to install, time and currency format (regional settings locale) and keyboard or input method in the installation wizard dialog.
12. On the next screen, user will be presented with option to Install Windows. DO NOT press on Install Windows button, instead, click on Repair My Computer link on the bottom left corner.
13. In the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) System Recovery Options dialog window, click on Command Prompt to open a DOS Prompt window.
14. Run the format command to format the primary hard disk or partition to clean state:

format c: /q

Note: /q switch, which perform quick format can be omitted to full format. And if existing hard disk partition is of FAT32 filesystem format, use format c: /q /fs:ntfs to convert the file system to NTFS while formatting. Before formatting begins, the command may prompt for hard disk drive or partition label name, if so, enter accordingly (i.e. BDCP).
15. After format completed, start the Windows Vista or Windows 7 installation process again by manually running the setup.exe located in the copied. Note that the setup.exe is not the one located on boot system drive which copied at later step, as the boot drive has been formatted. For example:

E:\Windows7\sources\setup.exe
16. Continue with installation procedures by following on-screen instructions as per normal practice.

on May 19, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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I can't get my hard drive to format; I've fdisked and installed a new partition. At a:\> I typed fortmat c: and enter and it says bad command or file name. what else can I try?


To format your hard disk reboot your computer and at the first logo hit f8. When you come to the advanced troubleshooting menu arrow up to safe mode with command prompt and hit enter. It will then take you to the C:... with a blinking cursor. If you don't have the C: , if you have an A: or something similar type in there C: and hit enter. It should then bring you to the C: After that you will need to type in the following: vol and hit enter. This will display your volume label which you will need to format your hard drive. Once this is displayed it will then take you back to the C: then type format /C: and hit enter. It will then ask you for the volume label, type in what you see just above on the screen for your volume label and hit enter. It will then ask you if you are sure you want to format, type Y and hit enter. Youre computer will then go through the format process and your hard drive will then be WIPED. Make sure that you have all of your important files backed up as you will not have them any longer once this process is complete. You will then be able to exit out and if you have a partition with your backup on it you should be able to just reboot and Windows will begin to load. Otherwise you will need to install Windows with your CD. Hope this was of some help. Any questions, let me know!

Oct 23, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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I have a windows 98 system bios and i wish to Put a differnt Hard drive in that has windows xp on it . Is there a way to do this


Hi
It probably won't work. Win 98 machines not only had older BIOS but also the processor was older and most importantly the video was older. XP may just not be able to recognize these parts. In my lab I use an old Dell laptop that was made specifically for Win 98. I was able to install XP but the graphics stay in four color mode as there were no drivers ever written for XP. Also the hard drive with XP was probably formated using NTFS while Windows 98 (unless modified) only recognizes FAT. Good luck and sorry

Mar 05, 2010 | Gateway Essential 400 PC Desktop

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I have /had Windows 98 on my computer and a friend installed windows xp. I tried to get rid of Xp but lost Win 98, I have the original RestoreDisk for my compaq but it will not let me install to get back...


Have you tried booting the system with the restore disk, well it should reformat the system before it installs a fresh copy of windows 98 so you should back-up data before proceeding and check the boot sequence in your bios, set the first boot device to CD/DVD.

I hope this helps:)

Oct 20, 2008 | Compaq Computers & Internet

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if D drive was a partition on your hard drive it was very likely formatted ....


Robert

Sep 11, 2008 | Compaq Deskpro EN PC Desktop

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How do I re-format a 2x serial SATA drive to reinstall XP?


How to Format a Hard Disk

After you create the partitions, you must format the partitions:

Restart your computer with the Startup disk in the floppy disk drive.

NOTE: If you are using a Windows 95 Startup disk, a command prompt is displayed and you can skip to step 2. If you are using a Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, or Windows Me Startup disk, select the Start computer without CD-ROM support menu option when the Windows 98 Startup menu is displayed.



2. When a command prompt is displayed, type format c: /s and then press ENTER. This command transfers the system files and should only be used when you format drive C (or your "active" drive). For all other partitions, type format drive: (where drive is the letter of the partition that you want to format).

NOTE: If you receive a "Bad command" or "Bad file name" error message, you may need to extract the Format.com tool to your boot disk. To do this, type the following command at a command prompt, and then press ENTER:


Extract ebd.cab format.com

After the Format.com tool is extracted to your boot disk, type format c: /s t a command prompt to format your active partition, or type format drive: if you want to format a partition that is not your active partition.

3. When you successfully run the Format.com tool, you receive the following message:
WARNING, ALL DATA ON NON-REMOVABLE DISK DRIVE C: WILL BE LOST!
Proceed with Format?


4. Press Y, and then press ENTER to format drive C.

5. After the format procedure is finished, you receive the following message:
Volume label (11 characters, ENTER for none)?

NOTE: This is an optional feature that you can use to type a name for the drive. You can either type an 11-character name for the drive, or you can leave it blank by pressing ENTER.

Jul 25, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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Cant perform a quick restore.


what size is yous hard drive and is the windows installing it'self properly and the other problem is have you got all the motherboard drivers if not then the system will become unstable and the hard drive will need to be format back to manufactures default as the files thet were on drive are burrired deep and the only way to get rid of problems is using a program called kill disk then using your win 98 start-up floppy and fdisk the hard drive then partition then format the hard drive then install windows on then all other files for motherboard and graphics and other devices. it should take you about 1 day to get back on line with pc up and running. hope this helps

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