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Need to Reformat my Hard Drive and I'm Lost!


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moondog830

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I need to reinstall Windows XP, but when I put the CD in I get the message that the current version (on the computer) is newer than the version on the CD. I can't afford to buy another XP...so I HAVE to go with the old one.

I need to reformat the Hard Drive now to be able to put the old XP on. What do I do?

The reason I need to do all of this is that the system is starting to show signs of crashing.

PLEASE HELP!

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nickyboy1

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try the repair option first, see the topic repair windows xp at the top of the page under the heading Windows XP,2000,2003,nt. It may save you a lot of agro. ;) :tazz:
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If repair doesn't work (and I don't expect it to if it says the system is newer than your disc) then create a systems disc on a floppy and also copy format.com from windows\system32 to the disc.............Boot the computer with the floppy in and after you get command prompt type "format c:" (without quotes)....That should at least get your drive erased and formatted ready for reinstall.

Just a thought....
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Created a bootable CD with format.com on it. The Computer will not boot from the CD and I do not have floppy drive on that machine.

I have looked at the BIOS and the Drive that has the CD in it is first in line to boot from.

The computer does get to a "Dos like" screen that says at the top.

Caldera DR--DOS 7.03

There is a command prompt at the bottom that is A:\ I tried typing in format c but that says invalid command

Jeez I feel freakin' retarded

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you can't possibly be on an "A" drive (you said you got an "A" prompt) without a floppy......I've only known "A" and "B" to be assigned to floppies. Even if your only drive was a hard drive you would not be assigned "A or B".

Is your computer Bios new enough to have what is called a Legacy floppy drive?

If it is then maybe you should disable that to see if it's causing a prob.

Another thing to try is maybe load Defaults in Bios...to see if it helps.

I'm sorta lost like you...hehe
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wannabe1

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Hi moondog830...

Go to "Add or Remove Programs" in the Control Panel and remove Windows XP Service Pack 2...Put your XP cd in the drive (Holding the Shift key down when you do this will prevent autoplay)...reboot. When prompted, press any key to boot from cd.

Make sure you have your product key handy...you'll need it.

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Edited by wannabe1, 14 August 2005 - 07:11 PM.

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