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Anonymous
March 13, 2005 5:31:05 PM

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hi,

Trying to reformat hard drives as there is some corrupt software that I
can't remove on the hard drive. Have done it before a few times, but have
since had the computer up-graded by a friend.

The computer doesn't appear to be booting up from the start - up disk or
from a dos disk.

Could someone talk me through getting the computer to load up from the floppy.

Thanks,

Lisa
Anonymous
March 13, 2005 8:54:43 PM

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The Windows XP CD is bootable and contains all the tools necessary
to partition and format your drive. Follow this procedure and allow
Windows XP to partition and format your drive:

NOTE: It would be best to physically disconnect all your peripheral hardware
devices, except the monitor, mouse and keyboard, before installing XP.

NOTE: If you have an internal Zip Drive installed, physically disconnect the
EIDE and power cable to it before proceeding, otherwise your main
hard drive may not be assigned the customary C: drive letter.
After installing Windows XP, you may then reconnect it.

1. Open your BIOS and set your "CD Drive as the first bootable device".

===> Accessing Motherboard BIOS
===> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm

2. Insert your Windows XP CD in the CD Drive and reboot your computer.
3. You'll see a message to boot to the CD....follow the instructions.
4. The setup menu will appear and you should elect to delete all the existing
Windows partitions, then create a new partition, then format the primary
partition (preferably NTFS) and proceed to install Windows XP.

5. Clean Install Windows XP
http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

[Courtesy of Michael Stevens, MS-MVP]

6. ==> Immediately after installing Windows XP, turn on XP's Firewall.
==> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/defaul...

7. After Windows XP is installed, visit the Windows Update website
and download the available "Critical Updates".

8. After installing the critical updates, be sure and visit the support website
of the manufacturer of the computer to download and install any
available Windows XP compatible drivers, such as video adapter
and audio drivers.

9. If you happen to run into any installation difficulties, use the following resources:

How to Troubleshoot Windows XP Problems During Installation
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;310064

Troubleshooting Windows XP Setup
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_setup.htm

[Courtesy of MS-MVP Kelly Theriot]

--
Carey Frisch
Microsoft MVP
Windows XP - Shell/User

Be Smart! Protect Your PC!
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/defaul...

----------------------------------------------------------------------------

"Lisa" wrote:

| hi,
|
| Trying to reformat hard drives as there is some corrupt software that I
| can't remove on the hard drive. Have done it before a few times, but have
| since had the computer up-graded by a friend.
|
| The computer doesn't appear to be booting up from the start - up disk or
| from a dos disk.
|
| Could someone talk me through getting the computer to load up from the floppy.
|
| Thanks,
|
| Lisa
Anonymous
March 13, 2005 9:10:25 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

Lisa

I would suggest that you approach the friend who upgraded the machine.. XP
does not essentially load from floppy, and somehow I doubt if you have any
decent installation media and/or the knowledge to continue..

This advice is given in your best interests, and is not intended to demean
you in any way..

--
Mike Hall
MVP - Windows Shell/user

http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm





"lisa 1903" <lisa 1903@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:373F691C-937A-4AD2-AB60-D27BB6C66A18@microsoft.com...
> hi,
>
> Trying to reformat hard drives as there is some corrupt software that I
> can't remove on the hard drive. Have done it before a few times, but have
> since had the computer up-graded by a friend.
>
> The computer doesn't appear to be booting up from the start - up disk or
> from a dos disk.
>
> Could someone talk me through getting the computer to load up from the
> floppy.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Lisa
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Anonymous
March 13, 2005 9:10:26 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

Hi Mike,

Thankyou for your prompt reply. I may not have the computer language, but
as I have said previously,I have done this before (at least 5 times on other
computers for friends), with my copy of Me and xp home upgrade. The problem
that I'm having is that since the computer has been upgraded, I am unable to
get the computer to acknowledge the ME start disk to commence formatting the
drives.

As it was 2130hrs when I discovered the problem, I thought that I would use
this forum to help me, instead of disturbing a friend.

Lisa

"Mike Hall (MS-MVP)" wrote:

> Lisa
>
> I would suggest that you approach the friend who upgraded the machine.. XP
> does not essentially load from floppy, and somehow I doubt if you have any
> decent installation media and/or the knowledge to continue..
>
> This advice is given in your best interests, and is not intended to demean
> you in any way..
>
> --
> Mike Hall
> MVP - Windows Shell/user
>
> http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
>
>
>
>
>
> "lisa 1903" <lisa 1903@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:373F691C-937A-4AD2-AB60-D27BB6C66A18@microsoft.com...
> > hi,
> >
> > Trying to reformat hard drives as there is some corrupt software that I
> > can't remove on the hard drive. Have done it before a few times, but have
> > since had the computer up-graded by a friend.
> >
> > The computer doesn't appear to be booting up from the start - up disk or
> > from a dos disk.
> >
> > Could someone talk me through getting the computer to load up from the
> > floppy.
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Lisa
>
>
>
Anonymous
March 13, 2005 10:02:53 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

Lisa

OK.. Here is a link to a very comprehensive website containing all of the
information that you will need.. when the page opens, select whatever option
from the menu on the left side..

http://michaelstevenstech.com/

Good luck..

--
Mike Hall
MVP - Windows Shell/user

http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm





"lisa 1903" <lisa1903@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:42B356E3-218F-4F3A-B7F9-1F7C2E34C929@microsoft.com...
> Hi Mike,
>
> Thankyou for your prompt reply. I may not have the computer language, but
> as I have said previously,I have done this before (at least 5 times on
> other
> computers for friends), with my copy of Me and xp home upgrade. The
> problem
> that I'm having is that since the computer has been upgraded, I am unable
> to
> get the computer to acknowledge the ME start disk to commence formatting
> the
> drives.
>
> As it was 2130hrs when I discovered the problem, I thought that I would
> use
> this forum to help me, instead of disturbing a friend.
>
> Lisa
>
> "Mike Hall (MS-MVP)" wrote:
>
>> Lisa
>>
>> I would suggest that you approach the friend who upgraded the machine..
>> XP
>> does not essentially load from floppy, and somehow I doubt if you have
>> any
>> decent installation media and/or the knowledge to continue..
>>
>> This advice is given in your best interests, and is not intended to
>> demean
>> you in any way..
>>
>> --
>> Mike Hall
>> MVP - Windows Shell/user
>>
>> http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> "lisa 1903" <lisa 1903@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:373F691C-937A-4AD2-AB60-D27BB6C66A18@microsoft.com...
>> > hi,
>> >
>> > Trying to reformat hard drives as there is some corrupt software that I
>> > can't remove on the hard drive. Have done it before a few times, but
>> > have
>> > since had the computer up-graded by a friend.
>> >
>> > The computer doesn't appear to be booting up from the start - up disk
>> > or
>> > from a dos disk.
>> >
>> > Could someone talk me through getting the computer to load up from the
>> > floppy.
>> >
>> > Thanks,
>> >
>> > Lisa
>>
>>
>>
Anonymous
March 14, 2005 4:47:07 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

Hi Carey,

Thankyou for your help with this problem. You'll be pleased to know that
your instructions about going into the BIOS helped, and XP loaded up first
time with no problems. We're up and running and raring to go.

Once again, thankyou for believing that I could do it, and giving me the
information that I needed.

Lisa

"Carey Frisch [MVP]" wrote:

> The Windows XP CD is bootable and contains all the tools necessary
> to partition and format your drive. Follow this procedure and allow
> Windows XP to partition and format your drive:
>
> NOTE: It would be best to physically disconnect all your peripheral hardware
> devices, except the monitor, mouse and keyboard, before installing XP.
>
> NOTE: If you have an internal Zip Drive installed, physically disconnect the
> EIDE and power cable to it before proceeding, otherwise your main
> hard drive may not be assigned the customary C: drive letter.
> After installing Windows XP, you may then reconnect it.
>
> 1. Open your BIOS and set your "CD Drive as the first bootable device".
>
> ===> Accessing Motherboard BIOS
> ===> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm
>
> 2. Insert your Windows XP CD in the CD Drive and reboot your computer.
> 3. You'll see a message to boot to the CD....follow the instructions.
> 4. The setup menu will appear and you should elect to delete all the existing
> Windows partitions, then create a new partition, then format the primary
> partition (preferably NTFS) and proceed to install Windows XP.
>
> 5. Clean Install Windows XP
> http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html
>
> [Courtesy of Michael Stevens, MS-MVP]
>
> 6. ==> Immediately after installing Windows XP, turn on XP's Firewall.
> ==> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/defaul...
>
> 7. After Windows XP is installed, visit the Windows Update website
> and download the available "Critical Updates".
>
> 8. After installing the critical updates, be sure and visit the support website
> of the manufacturer of the computer to download and install any
> available Windows XP compatible drivers, such as video adapter
> and audio drivers.
>
> 9. If you happen to run into any installation difficulties, use the following resources:
>
> How to Troubleshoot Windows XP Problems During Installation
> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;310064
>
> Troubleshooting Windows XP Setup
> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_setup.htm
>
> [Courtesy of MS-MVP Kelly Theriot]
>
> --
> Carey Frisch
> Microsoft MVP
> Windows XP - Shell/User
>
> Be Smart! Protect Your PC!
> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/defaul...
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> "Lisa" wrote:
>
> | hi,
> |
> | Trying to reformat hard drives as there is some corrupt software that I
> | can't remove on the hard drive. Have done it before a few times, but have
> | since had the computer up-graded by a friend.
> |
> | The computer doesn't appear to be booting up from the start - up disk or
> | from a dos disk.
> |
> | Could someone talk me through getting the computer to load up from the floppy.
> |
> | Thanks,
> |
> | Lisa
>
Anonymous
March 14, 2005 4:53:05 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

Hi Mike,

Just to let you know, that I have just re-installed XP without any problems.
A bit of feedback for you, just because someone doesn't have the computer
jargon language doesn't mean that they don't know what they are doing. If I
was ever unsure of doing it, I ask for help and advice, and I thought that
this site was for that purpose whether I be an IT person or not. Please can
you take that into account and don't assume that we're all blonde (no offence
to blondes meant)!!!

Thanks,
Lisa

"Mike Hall (MS-MVP)" wrote:

> Lisa
>
> OK.. Here is a link to a very comprehensive website containing all of the
> information that you will need.. when the page opens, select whatever option
> from the menu on the left side..
>
> http://michaelstevenstech.com/
>
> Good luck..
>
> --
> Mike Hall
> MVP - Windows Shell/user
>
> http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
>
>
>
>
>
> "lisa 1903" <lisa1903@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:42B356E3-218F-4F3A-B7F9-1F7C2E34C929@microsoft.com...
> > Hi Mike,
> >
> > Thankyou for your prompt reply. I may not have the computer language, but
> > as I have said previously,I have done this before (at least 5 times on
> > other
> > computers for friends), with my copy of Me and xp home upgrade. The
> > problem
> > that I'm having is that since the computer has been upgraded, I am unable
> > to
> > get the computer to acknowledge the ME start disk to commence formatting
> > the
> > drives.
> >
> > As it was 2130hrs when I discovered the problem, I thought that I would
> > use
> > this forum to help me, instead of disturbing a friend.
> >
> > Lisa
> >
> > "Mike Hall (MS-MVP)" wrote:
> >
> >> Lisa
> >>
> >> I would suggest that you approach the friend who upgraded the machine..
> >> XP
> >> does not essentially load from floppy, and somehow I doubt if you have
> >> any
> >> decent installation media and/or the knowledge to continue..
> >>
> >> This advice is given in your best interests, and is not intended to
> >> demean
> >> you in any way..
> >>
> >> --
> >> Mike Hall
> >> MVP - Windows Shell/user
> >>
> >> http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> "lisa 1903" <lisa 1903@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> >> news:373F691C-937A-4AD2-AB60-D27BB6C66A18@microsoft.com...
> >> > hi,
> >> >
> >> > Trying to reformat hard drives as there is some corrupt software that I
> >> > can't remove on the hard drive. Have done it before a few times, but
> >> > have
> >> > since had the computer up-graded by a friend.
> >> >
> >> > The computer doesn't appear to be booting up from the start - up disk
> >> > or
> >> > from a dos disk.
> >> >
> >> > Could someone talk me through getting the computer to load up from the
> >> > floppy.
> >> >
> >> > Thanks,
> >> >
> >> > Lisa
> >>
> >>
> >>
>
>
>
Anonymous
March 14, 2005 8:37:47 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

Lisa

You can quit it right now with the 'blonde' jive.. I have been blonde all of
my life, and I have blue eyes too.. not 6'2" though.. :) 

Re. your feedback, I accept what you say, but 99% of people who misuse terms
or don't know them anyway, are also not able to recover their computers too
well.. you should stick around in these newsgroups.. you would see for
yourself..

Your initial post did tell me that you had installed OSes before, but the
part "Have done it before a few times, but have since had the computer
up-graded by a friend." suggested to me that your experience didn't extend
to XP..

Add to that "The computer doesn't appear to be booting up from the start -
up disk or from a dos disk.", and my first thought was that yet another
computer user had been left high and dry by a local computer 'expert'..

I actually felt sympathy for you, but the subsequent slight on blondes has
lost you more than a few 'brownie' points.. :) 

I am really pleased that you did OK.. way to go..


--
Mike Hall
MVP - Windows Shell/user

http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm





"lisa 1903" <lisa1903@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:00C78751-3962-4768-9E6B-04BC88CE61B8@microsoft.com...
> Hi Mike,
>
> Just to let you know, that I have just re-installed XP without any
> problems.
> A bit of feedback for you, just because someone doesn't have the computer
> jargon language doesn't mean that they don't know what they are doing. If
> I
> was ever unsure of doing it, I ask for help and advice, and I thought that
> this site was for that purpose whether I be an IT person or not. Please
> can
> you take that into account and don't assume that we're all blonde (no
> offence
> to blondes meant)!!!
>
> Thanks,
> Lisa
>
> "Mike Hall (MS-MVP)" wrote:
>
>> Lisa
>>
>> OK.. Here is a link to a very comprehensive website containing all of the
>> information that you will need.. when the page opens, select whatever
>> option
>> from the menu on the left side..
>>
>> http://michaelstevenstech.com/
>>
>> Good luck..
>>
>> --
>> Mike Hall
>> MVP - Windows Shell/user
>>
>> http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> "lisa 1903" <lisa1903@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:42B356E3-218F-4F3A-B7F9-1F7C2E34C929@microsoft.com...
>> > Hi Mike,
>> >
>> > Thankyou for your prompt reply. I may not have the computer language,
>> > but
>> > as I have said previously,I have done this before (at least 5 times on
>> > other
>> > computers for friends), with my copy of Me and xp home upgrade. The
>> > problem
>> > that I'm having is that since the computer has been upgraded, I am
>> > unable
>> > to
>> > get the computer to acknowledge the ME start disk to commence
>> > formatting
>> > the
>> > drives.
>> >
>> > As it was 2130hrs when I discovered the problem, I thought that I would
>> > use
>> > this forum to help me, instead of disturbing a friend.
>> >
>> > Lisa
>> >
>> > "Mike Hall (MS-MVP)" wrote:
>> >
>> >> Lisa
>> >>
>> >> I would suggest that you approach the friend who upgraded the
>> >> machine..
>> >> XP
>> >> does not essentially load from floppy, and somehow I doubt if you have
>> >> any
>> >> decent installation media and/or the knowledge to continue..
>> >>
>> >> This advice is given in your best interests, and is not intended to
>> >> demean
>> >> you in any way..
>> >>
>> >> --
>> >> Mike Hall
>> >> MVP - Windows Shell/user
>> >>
>> >> http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> "lisa 1903" <lisa 1903@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> >> news:373F691C-937A-4AD2-AB60-D27BB6C66A18@microsoft.com...
>> >> > hi,
>> >> >
>> >> > Trying to reformat hard drives as there is some corrupt software
>> >> > that I
>> >> > can't remove on the hard drive. Have done it before a few times,
>> >> > but
>> >> > have
>> >> > since had the computer up-graded by a friend.
>> >> >
>> >> > The computer doesn't appear to be booting up from the start - up
>> >> > disk
>> >> > or
>> >> > from a dos disk.
>> >> >
>> >> > Could someone talk me through getting the computer to load up from
>> >> > the
>> >> > floppy.
>> >> >
>> >> > Thanks,
>> >> >
>> >> > Lisa
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>
>>
>>
>>
!