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Failed attempt to upgrade to XP

I have a Gateway computer that runs ME. I tried to upgrade to XP and failed. I am now trying to revert back to ME and it is not working. I don't know how to remove the partition that XP put on my computer. When I tried to reinstall ME, it gave me a message that an operating system already exists on my computer. I basically can't do anything. Do I need to completely wipe out everything and start from new? How do I do that?

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  • lnelson Jun 10, 2008

    I was able to get to DOS, however I'm not very famillar with using it. Do I type each letter and bracket in the syntax? I keep getting bad command or file name. I should be at the C:/ prompt right?

  • lnelson Jun 10, 2008

    The XP partition is on my C drive so I should type format and then the rest of the syntax without the brackets right?



    I tried this and I still get "bad command or filename"



    I'm sorry, I'm really new at this sort of thing. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I just want my computer to work again.

  • lnelson Jun 11, 2008

    I typed in formatc and it worked, it told me it was deleting everything on the drive.



    Now I'm not sure how to get ME back on. I have the reinstallation disk for the operating system. I put that in and tried to do both an automatic install and a manual install, but neither worked. Do I need to do something else before I try reinstalling?

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Do you know how to get to the DOS prompt? Or do you have an ME floppy that you can boot from? If so, you can run the DOS FORMAT command to remove the partition that XP created. The syntax is here:

http://www.computerhope.com/formathl.htm#03

BTW, upgrading to XP from an ME system can be very tricky because of the incompatibilities between hardware. On the systems that I have upgraded, I've disconneced/removed all but the necessary hardware, including floppy drives, modems, sound cards, etc. And if you still have problems, consider a newer/replacement video card.

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  • Lee Eismann Jun 10, 2008

    If you booted from a floppy, then you should be at the prompt for the floppy (usually A:/). Or if you booted from the hard disk, then you will be at the C:/ prompt.



    The syntax to format the drive will be:



    "format :"



    Type everything between the " marks and replace with the drive letter of the XP-created partition.

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