Okay, so you've killed everything and gone the bootdisk way?.
1:Create DOS partition or Logical DOS drive
2:Set active partition
3:Delete partition or Logical DOS drive
4:Display partition information
5:Change current fixed disk drive
Select option 1: Create DOS partition or Logical DOS drive. By hitting the number 1 on your keyboard.
It will then give you 3 choices
1:Create Primary DOS partition
2:Create Extended DOS partition
3:Create Logical DOS drive(s) in the extended DOS partition
Select option 1: Create Primary DOS partition. By hitting the number 1 on your keyboard.
It will then ask you if you want to use all space available on the disk, select (Y) for yes and hit enter.(This will create a FAT32 partition. Which has a 4GiB single file limit.)
After it's finished, it will ask to format after restarting, just hit the reset button on the PC.
Let it load until you see a screen with 3 choices.
1:Start computer with cdrom support
2:Start computer without cdrom support
3:View help file
Select choice 1: "Start computer with cdrom support", let it load the diagnostic tools to whatever drive letter it chooses, this depends on how many HDD's you have in, if you have one, then it will load to D:, if two, then it will load to E: and so on. All cdroms will come after these drive letters.
At this prompt A:\> type in D:format C: like this
This wil delete all information on your Primary HDD set as C: drive.
After it's finished formatting, it will ask you to name the volume, name it anything you want, or just hit enter for no name.
Put your Windows CD in the cdrom drive.
To get to your cdrom drive, which has moved from D: to E:, (if you have one HDD that is), this is because the diagnostic tools have been loaded to D: remember.
From D:\> you would type this
(E: being your cdrom drive letter.)
and it will start the install process, just follow instructions from there.
If you don't have a full install disk and only an upgrade, you'll have to load Win98 or Win98se before you can upgrade.
If you have a full copy of XP, then boot into BIOS, and make your cdrom the primary boot device. restart with the cd in the drive. Follow the prompts.
You shouldve just listend to Keith.