Posted 24 February 2009 - 11:00 AM
Well, heres the deal with that.
The computer in question, I dont have any idea what it is. The monitor has the name Princeton on it, but I swear, there is no name on the tower, anywhere.
This is a computer that my wife was given from her work. The buisness is moving to a new location, remodeling and such, and this small computer was gonna get thrown out, so boss said to take it home and give it to one of our kids.
It was not used, or even networked to the rest of the buisness computers...it was more of a side computer, used for browsing the internet and such.
It only has about 30 gigs of hard drive space, and most of that is used up by the xp pro operating system.
The oem disk was given to her along with the computer so I assume it came with the computer or was ordered for the computer from the tech guys that service the workplace.
The recovery disk says WINDOWS XP PROFESSIONAL CORPORATE EDITION OPERATING SYSTEM.
Its got the microsoft log on one side, the Windows logo on the other, and the oem numbers on the case.
Oh, and it says SERVICE PACK 2 INCLUDED, on it also.
The computer has one operating drive..the C:drive. The D: drive is just the cd player, so there is no partition other than the free space seperate from the operating system files.
I was told to start the computer, put the disk in, and restart the computer and let it read the disk, and a new install would begin, but that did not happen.
It accepted the oem numbers of course, but it seemed to want to install the OS files from the disk, to the hard drive, but not after a format.
In other words, it wanted to write the OS files AGAIN, so that there would have been two seperate OS, xp pro, if there would have been enough hard drive space to carry it, but there wasnt anyway.
Most of the stuff that was on the computer had been removed from add/remove by the tech guys before they gave it to my wife.
The left some games, some personal pictures and picture files that my two of my daughters (who both worked there with my wife at one time or another) uploaded to the computer with their digi cams.
Ok, aside from all of that minor stuff, there is nothing on the hard drive that could not be re-installed with this OS disk, or from the internet..(like flash, or the adobe reader, or the java files or whatever else gets installed when you need to view something or do something,,,,etc.)
What would happen if I double clicked on MY COMPUTER, went to the C: drive, and clicked on FORMAT.
Would that format and erase everything on the hard drive?
And if so, would the cd drive work after that, to allow me to use the disk to re-install the operating system from the oem disk?
Maybe Im doing something wrong when im trying to follow the instructions on the disk, I dont know.
And, the computer is not connected to the internet while I am trying to do this. Does that matter?
Thanks for reading all of this and thanks to anyone who helps me.
"GAT DANG-ED (BLEEPING) COMPUTER. ARGHHHHHHHHH!!!"