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#1 rexbenefit

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Posted 11 October 2008 - 10:58 PM

Hi All,

Was diagnosed with an issue that requires a format/clean install. Got everything together and having issues with disc. It does not give me the option to format, just re-install?

I have never done a format on an XP machine. I thought the disc had all I need. Am I missing something?

(EDIT) I am running XP Pro, Service Pack 2, Netframework 2.0. This machine was a custom build from ABS

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Posted 12 October 2008 - 04:30 AM

When the XP Disk starts up it will take you to where XP is installed? Usually C: Drive?

Follow the instructions to Delete that Partition where XP is installed, then set a new Partition in place then Format, usually under NTFS. Once Formated Install Windows XP.

That will fix it for you.

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Posted 12 October 2008 - 07:38 AM

Hi Abacus,

It would not let me delete the partition as it had files for the re-install loaded there. Then it gave me the BSOD citing the setup.exe had an issue.

I must need to do something else.... I am no expert at this for sure.

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Posted 12 October 2008 - 08:12 AM

I would wipe the drive with a application like KillDisk and then make a fresh installation. You will want to download the KillDisk Suite v.50, in the column to the left choose user guide and you can download the instructions for the Windows version. On the page of the user guide option 4.1 provides you with the instructions for prepare the bootable disk.

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Posted 12 October 2008 - 09:07 AM

I don't have an empty CD can I use the DOS version to use a floppy?

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Posted 12 October 2008 - 09:16 AM

There is that option on the first page of the site that I provided. Booting KillDisk for DOS from Floppy for Free version

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Posted 12 October 2008 - 09:18 AM

Great! I have made the disk and am moving forward. Thanks for the help!
I will post back after the new install and I have all my security in place.

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Posted 12 October 2008 - 09:24 AM

Glad to be able to help, best of luck. :thumbsup:

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Posted 12 October 2008 - 10:07 AM

Once KillDisk is complete is there anything else I need to do before installing the OS?

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Posted 12 October 2008 - 10:16 AM

I am confused here?

Why should XP need a Floppy? It does not Compute~!

XP actually eliminated the need of Floppy Disks, most Machines now do not have Floppy Disk Drives installed?

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Posted 12 October 2008 - 10:17 AM

Nope, you will be ready to install the disk and start the installation.

I don't know how big your hdd is, but you might want to consider making two partitions, one about twenty or thirty GB exclusively for the operating system, and the second for all of your files and application. The advantage of this is that if you ever have to reinstall the OS you can just reformat the partition that the OS is on, this means that all of the information on the other partition will not be effected.

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Posted 12 October 2008 - 10:23 AM

The floppy was for the KillDisk. :thumbsup:

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Posted 12 October 2008 - 10:30 AM

If the XP Disk is doing what you say, there is an Upper Memory Virus Present, Mate!

Just Drain your CSMOS by either changing the Jumpers near your Battery, looks like a Coin? From 1 &2 to 2 &3 just for a couple of minutes? or remove the Battery? Then Replace? BTW, just make sure Power is off to the Computer and Mother Board!

Then reconnect and boot into XP Disk!

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Posted 12 October 2008 - 10:37 AM

If there is a virus, wiping the drive will take care of it.

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Posted 12 October 2008 - 10:40 AM

Not from Upper Memory, Mate!

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