I am trying to upgrade my wifes laptop from Windows 2000 to Windows XP Home edition and have got in a bit of a muddle.
I want to do a clean install and previously had always been used to being able to format the hard drive from a dos prompt at setup.
1) Firstly I tried to format from the MS Dos command in windows programs but was told that 'format cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Format may run if this volume is dismounted first. ALL OPENED HANDLES TO THIS VOLUME WOULD THEN BE INVALID. Would you like to force dismount on this volume?'' when I click "yes" it says that it is locked and therefore I can't get any further.
2) I understand that Win 2K is different to windows 9x and I have to force a format through the startup disks. I do not have a copy of the Win2K set up disks anymore so I tried to download the 4 floppy disks from www.bootdisk.com. I downloaded them into seperate folders and when i unzipped them I tried to put each file onto a seperate 1.44 floppy but it said that the file would not fit.
3) Since I had no luck this way I then tried to run through the install of XP itself to see if there was a format option this way. It did show me which partition was in use and then asked if I wanted to delete it? Is this a viable option and could this format the C drive before an install? I have read advise not to install over an old OS as it leaves alot of rubbish in there (hence the wish to install afresh.)
4) My next endeavour was to try using an old win 98 startup disk which got me to the following dos prompt A :\
At last I thought I was getting somewhere but did not know what to type in next to get me to a prompt where I can type in format C:
Sorry if this all sounds simple but it is all fairly new to me and any advise would be greatly appreciated.
When I boot up I now have a choice of 2 operating systems at startup 1) Windows 2K, or 2) Windows XP Set up. My objective is to be able to install WinXP Home on a fresh PC.