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noahdabear

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hi, i am tryig to wipe my computer clean as i have a tiny 20 gig harddrive which is full
now i tried using the disc setup but it wont allow me to delete partition , it says its needed for setup, i am booting from disc.

so, is there another easy way to do this ?

thank you
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dflo404

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Are you choosing to delete the partition or to format it?
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anything to get rid of everything on there . i would like to start again with a fresh system but cant afford to buy one
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Well to my knowledge you should be able to do that by booting from the Windows XP disk, and choosing to format the partition, and then choosing to install a fresh copy of windows. Tell me if you tried this.
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yep tried that it just says it cant comply with order as it needs the c drive for setup
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noahdabear...

If this is a Retail Installation CD, put the disk in the drive and reboot. At the prompt "Press any key to boot from cd" press a key.

The next screen will prompt you "To set up Windows now, Press Enter"...Press "Enter"..Press F8 to accept the Licensing Agreement...The next screen asks you if you if you want to repair the current installation...Press "Esc"

All the existing partitions and the unpartitioned spaces are listed for each physical hard disk. Use the ARROW keys to select the partition or the unpartitioned space where you want to create a new partition. Press "D" to delete an existing partition, or press "C" to create a new partition by using unpartitioned space. If you press "D" to delete an existing partition, you must then press "L" (or press ENTER, and then press L if it is the System partition) to confirm that you want to delete the partition. Repeat this step for each of the existing partitions that you want to use for the new partition. When all the partitions are deleted, select the remaining unpartitioned space, and then press "C" to create the new partition.

Type the size in megabytes (MB) that you want to use for the new partition, and then press "ENTER", or just press "ENTER" to create the partition with the maximum size.

If you want to install Windows XP, use the ARROW keys to select the partition where you want to install Windows XP, and then press "ENTER".

Select the format option that you want to use for the partition, and then press "ENTER".

After the Windows Setup program formats the partition, follow the instructions that appear on the screen to continue. After the Windows Setup program is completed, you can use the Disk Management tools in Windows XP to create or format more partitions.

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Howdy:

You need to make sure the first boot device in BIOS (setup) is set for the cd-rom in order to do what wannabe1 stated..

It should work then as long as you are using an original XP cd.. If it is a copy you or someone made for you, then the setup is entirely different..

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i have tried all that it wont accept it
and it wont let me make a new one

i am running privacy suite at the moment see if that will give me more room

as far as i know its the original , i got it with my computer
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Does it say Microsoft XP with all the neat holographics, etc on the hdd??

If it does, then as long as the first boot device is set to the cd-rom, it should..

The only ones that I know of that won't are downloaded ones or ones that have been copied from an original..

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no it has none of the holographics on it , but i got it when i bought it the tech loaded it on for me and gave me this disk .
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Took the words right out of my fingers....Thanks Murry S... :tazz:

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no it has none of the holographics on it , but i got it when i bought it the tech loaded it on for me and gave me this disk .

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You must know the difference between a commercial cd and one that has been burnt.. From the sounds of things, you are probably running a pirated/illegal copy of XP..

This may have been done without your knowledge but that doesn't absolve us from continuing support due to the sites ToS..

Suggest you get ahold of your tech and advise them you either want a legal copy or you will be reporting him to Microsoft for providing pirated software..

When and if you get a legal copy, Wannabe1's advise will work and we can begin anew.. Just PM me and I will re-open the thread..

Until then, I am going to have to close this thread.. Sorry..

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