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Formating Windows XP


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M21irby

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I'm trying to format my Windows XP the computer is a Dell Dimension 3000. It won't just let me format it by going to C drive in My Computer. Last time we formated it using command prompt. If anybody knows how to format the computer using "Command Prompt" that would be great.
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The key combination is CRTL + F11 pushing the keys at the same time at the the dell screen during post. Once you push them then you want to release them.
It should go into the recovery partition so you can do a system restore.
This will return your system to factory settings like new.
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If that doesn't work, just boot from your Windows XP CD and follow the onscreen instructions. (The XP installation routine will do any needed formatting).
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Pretty sure most of the Dell 3000 were built before they had recovery partitions.
I agree booting with the XP cd should get the option to format, quick or full, then install xp. Or versa visa.

It will go much smoother if you have a Dell branded XP cd.
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One way to find out for sure if there is a Recovery partition. :D

Go to Start then to Run
Type in compmgmt.msc and click Enter
On left side click on Disk Management
On right side you will see you hard drive.
Now I need you to take a screenshot and attach it to your next reply. Do the following to take a screenshot while the above is open and showing on your desktop.

To do a screenshot please have click on your Print Screen on your keyboard. It is normally the key above your number pad between the F12 key and the Scroll Lock key
Now go to Start and then to All Programs
Scroll to Accessories and then click on Paint
In the Empty White Area click and hold the CTRL key and then click the V
Go to the File option at the top and click on Save as
Save as file type JPEG and save it to your Desktop


Attach it to your next reply
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Thanks everyone for all of your help. I really appreciate it.
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Does this mean there was a recovery partition or you used the XP disk?
Have you been able to install all the drivers and all updates?
Does your Device Manager show any yellow exclamation marks on drivers?
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Well I was able to use the XP disk. And I have successfully installed all drivers and updates. Also there is no exclamation marks next to the drivers.
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That is great to hear for sure. :D
Is there anything else we can assist with at this time or is the system now running correctly for you and are you happy with the resolution?
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