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Correct way to Reformat hard drive with xp

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May 1, 2005 2:51:02 PM

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Hi, my girlfriend is thinking of reformatting her hard drive to clean up a
lot of things she has going on with it. What is the correct way to reformat
it and is there anything special she needs to do to reinstall xp on it ? She
has the cd and product code to it.

thanks
Ed
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May 1, 2005 5:09:08 PM

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

Ed wrote:
> Hi, my girlfriend is thinking of reformatting her hard drive to clean
> up a lot of things she has going on with it. What is the correct way
> to reformat it and is there anything special she needs to do to
> reinstall xp on it ? She has the cd and product code to it.
>
> thanks
> Ed

Here is one resource
See Paul Thurrott's website on guide for XP clean install
http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sg_clean...

But then there is a caveat, make sure your XP CD is at Service Pack 2. Otherwise, make a slipstream CD of XP with SP2.
http://www.helpwithwindows.com/WindowsXP/winxp-sp2-boot...

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Maurice N
MVP Windows - Shell / User
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Anonymous
May 1, 2005 5:12:53 PM

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

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]

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

Get Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies:
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/window...

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"Ed" wrote:

| Hi, my girlfriend is thinking of reformatting her hard drive to clean up a
| lot of things she has going on with it. What is the correct way to reformat
| it and is there anything special she needs to do to reinstall xp on it ? She
| has the cd and product code to it.
|
| thanks
| Ed
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