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So my friend asked me to help format his computer. But I did not know that he did not have any of the disks that the manufactuerer sent with his computer. He has a Windows XP disk, and i think we can download his drivers off the HP driver support site. Is there any way that I can format the whole computer completely? The computer is a HP computer with Windows XP.
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I would look on HP site and order the recovery disks. They are only about $20.

HP has several things on their computers that are not on a commerical Windows XP disk. Such as Record Now, Update at HP and etc.
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Lol that's what I told him, but he says he doesn't care for that stuff. He said he uninstalled it after he got his computer. He's also sort of cheap. So could you still tell me how to format?
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If you really want to do it, change the BIOS to load from CD and put the XP disk in and it will give you options.

You can format the hard drive and fully install a clean install of XP.

CAUTION!!!!!

The number that is on the side of his case for XP cannot be used. The number with the disk has to be used.

Another way, take the hard drive out of his computer, but it into your comuter as a slave and format it.
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aight. so in the BIOS, change the order of the bootup sequence right? cause i've done that before.
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then put the XP disk in and let her go.

Good luck
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aight format went well. he had 2 operating systems on his computer for some reason. but i removed both and he has one now. i just have to install all his drivers and im done.
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