won't reformat says something is still open
Posted 02 February 2008 - 08:04 PM
Posted 02 February 2008 - 08:06 PM
You can't format a HDD containing an OS that is running.
Posted 02 February 2008 - 08:14 PM
Posted 02 February 2008 - 08:19 PM
Posted 02 February 2008 - 08:25 PM
we are trying to install it on the second hard drive and then reformat the first.
Posted 02 February 2008 - 08:45 PM
What name brand and model computer? If it a custom build what mortherboard?
Posted 02 February 2008 - 08:46 PM
Once you have booted to your Windows XP CD you should get a screen that looks like this:
Hit the Enter key like shown in the picture.
Next you will accept a licience agreement. After you have accepted you will see a screen like this:
Instead of pressing "R" like the photos says you are going to hit Escape. If this screen does not show up disregard this.
Next you will see a screen asking you which partition you would like to install on. Press the "D" key to delete any partitions that are on the drive. Once you have deleted them you can create a new partition. When you select the drive select the formatting option NTFS quick.
Posted 02 February 2008 - 08:59 PM
Many computers are not configured to boot from the CDROM. If you cannot boot from the CDROM, this is probably due to the boot order of your devices being incorrect. You can change this in the BIOS.
You enter the BIOS from the first screen you see when you turn your computer on. To enter your BIOS, most users here will press the DEL key.
Most Dell, Toshiba, Gateway, Sony & HP systems will press F2.
Compaq users will usually have to press F10.
IBM typically uses F1 or F2.
Other brands may have different keys to press to enter setup, F1, F2, Del, Tab and CTRL+S. If possible see the manual for your computer or motherboard. Also, the BIOS will usually display which button to press to "enter setup" during POST (if it flashes by too fast, press the Pause key).
When you enter the BIOS setup, you need to change the boot order. The CDROM should be setup before the Hard Drive. Each BIOS is different, but here is an example:
Posted 02 February 2008 - 10:33 PM
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