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Windows xp installation cannot delete C partition

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#1 sachin naik

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 09:53 AM

I have 4 drives C drive, D drive, E drive and F drive, my windows xp is loaded in my C drive and is infected by virus because of which I want to format my entire C drive only and install a new xp in C drive, by deleting the c partition

So what I did was, I inserted the installation CD when my PC was ON, autoplayed it and selected "install windows xp", later I got a prompt to choose either the "upgrade windows xp" or "new installation" so I selected "new installation" and later I got another prompt to copy all installation files from my "CD-ROM (i.e something i386)" drive to "\Windows" folder on my hard drive (if I wanted I could change the path) and then I ticked one option "copy all installation files" after copying, my PC restarted and then after several blue screens, I was taken to 1 blue screen, which displayed my 4 partitions, and I wanted to delete the first partition i.e C partition (to delete my old windows xp and format the entire C drive) so I hit the "D" key and instead of deleting, windows displayed a message "unable to delete C partition as it contains temporary installation files which are required for set up to complete"

Now how can I change the location of the installation folder? So that I can delete my c partition

very urgent the virus will kill me, so many trojans and worms

Edited by sachin naik, 17 May 2009 - 10:13 AM.
Moved from XP to a more appropriate forum. TW

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 10:22 AM

Turn the unit on and put the XP disk in the drive.
Leave the disk in the drive and restart the unit,
Watch the screen for a message that says "Press any key to boot from CD,
Press a key on the keyboard,
Wait while it goes through starting from the disk,
[You may have to press F8 during startup to accept the EULA]
When you get to the screen with the box that shows the current version of XP installed press "D" on the keyboard,
Press "Enter"
Press "L"
You now should have a screen asking what file system you want to format to, NTFS should be selected by default,
Press enter,
The disk will be formatted and the installation will automatically begin when the format is finished,
During the installation the computer will restart DO NOT press a key to boot from the CD again !
At that point the unit will boot from the hard drive and continue the installation.
After awhile you will be asked to "name" your computer,
I suggest naming it the same as the main user ID so you are the administrator by default.
[Example, I have an XP unit named "testbox" the user name is also "testbox"
You will be asked if you want to turn on automatic updates, select NO or Not now,
You will be asked if you want to setup a network connection, click on skip,
You will be asked to enter a user name and password,
Enter the same name you used for the unit ,
Only enter a password if you want to have to log on every time XP starts,
[If you have more then one user you can enter passwords later]
Follow the prompts to finish.
When you get to the desktop the only icon showing will be the recycle bin
Click on the "Tour XP balloon [or icon in the taskbar by the clock] and click "Cancel"
Go to Start>Control Panel,
Double click "Taskbar and Start Menu"
Click on the "Start Menu" tab
Put a dot in the circle by "Classic Start Menu"
[That will put the icons on the desktop]
Click OK
Double click on "Folder Options"
Click on the "View" tab
Go down the list until you find "Show hidden files and folders"
[for future use]
put a dot in the circle by it
Click OK
Close the Control Panel
Double click on "My Computer"
Right click on the "C:" drive
Left click on "Properties"
Click on the "Tools" tab
Click on "Defragment Now"
Defrag the drive
When you are done start installing your other programs and applications
[Defrag again when finished]
When they are installed if you have the "activate XP" notice do the activation,
When you have gotten this far either go to Windows Update and do the updates or go to "My Computer" and right click on it
Left click on "Properties"
When the box opens click on the "Automatic Updates" tab
Put a dot in the circle next to "Automaic [Recommended]
Click OK.
In order for the Automatic Updates to begin right away turn the unit completely off then restart it.
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Posted 18 May 2009 - 02:17 AM

well thanks a lot i have done it

actually my c dive was infected by some virut virus becoz of which i formatted only my c dive but i did not format my remaing drives which contains various installation packages, now is it possible for u to check whether i am still infected or not?
i think this can be done my generating log files am i right?

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