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need help with reformatting computer

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#1 z4955


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Posted 27 June 2005 - 11:24 AM

windows 2000 upgraded from windows ME

computer totally messed up after someone went in and deleted everything from add/remove programs, all other programs and files etc deleted also.

internet explorer still works and it will still connect to the internet but it won't install any necessesary programs such as avg antivirus or spybot

tried to reformat with win2000 cd, but it wouldn't complete the format. a message keeps popping up in a gray box: "the application must be installed to run. please set up fromt he location where you originally installed the application"

went to http://windows2000.windowsreinstall.com

should I try Windows 2000 Pro install on used Hard Drive

or Windows 2000 Pro Repair install ?

the cd is a full installation disk.

is there a way to format the hard drive to get rid of everything and then install win2000 from the cd? there is nothing to back up or save on the computer.

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#2 TEB


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Posted 27 June 2005 - 01:32 PM

Pop in the win 2000 disk.....go to the setup menu..and instead of formatting the drive, delete the partitions and remake them. Then install.

#3 Staticu


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Posted 27 June 2005 - 02:36 PM

Try booting from the CD, and you might need Win2K boot disks if you're looking to format the drive...

To boot from the CD - go into your BIOS and change the boot priority so that the CD drive is first, but don't forget to change it back after the install, and you should be able to put the installation disc in and boot to the setup menu... If that doesn't work- I think you'll need Win2K boot disks, which you can get(as well as instructions for using them) here: http://www.bootdisk.com/

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