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What commands are you referring to?
"digby" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> I have a new Compaq Presario SR1012NX.
> I'd like to reformat the C drive so that the only software on the
> computer is the XP System, and reinstall my own software.
> Is it possible to do this? I can find any format commands on this
> computer that don't use the Compaq software recovery stuff.
> I have a window98 disk and an XP upgrade to use, as it seems to me
> that the XP that Compaq uses on this computer has some commands
> I bought this computer because the hard drive on the old one crashed;
> just wanted the bigger hard drive and faster CPU.
> Appreciate any help. I'm a somewhat computer literate little old lady,
> but not too much so.
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Actually, I have the same problem and the proposed solution didn't work. I set the bios to boot to the CD ROM first but it still goes right on past and into the original XP install. Tried removing the hard drive as an option in the bios and all I get is a non-system disk error, even after setting the 1st boot device to CD Rom and having a valid copy of Win98 inserted.
Also, by using the System Recovery selction at boot, I could get to DOS window but I am unable to format or even delete the active partition. Any other thoughts?
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
There might be a key to press right after start-up to access boot options. Isn't there a line on your screen saying "press escape for boot options" or similar, if so, it might boot from cd this way.
If not, try another cd, maybe a linux one, just to format. Another option is downloading Hiren's boot cd, try booting from that. Loads of options there to start up with, plain DOS, Mini windows-95, and dozens more.