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#1 TxRunner2003

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Posted 14 February 2006 - 10:57 PM

quick question, when you reinstall windows xp to the computer do you need to delete the partitions that have the memory space? If you need to what do you do if you get a message saying cannot delete partition b/c of important files or something like that?

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Posted 14 February 2006 - 11:37 PM

Re-installing XP will format the partition. It will not alter any partition but the partition you are installing to. You can use the XP installation disk to mdify, delete and format other partition and drives but it is manual not automatic. You will receive ample warning prior to any actions.

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Posted 15 February 2006 - 11:16 AM

.... If you need to what do you do if you get a message saying cannot delete partition b/c of important files or something like that?


Generally, you get this error when trying to reinstall Windows while Windows is running. Since Windows "locks" files for it's own use - the installation routine can't get at them. In this case your options are, generally, to install Windows on another drive, or to exit Windows and boot from the Windows Installation CD.

Also, there's 2 types of "re-installations". One is a "repair" of Windows - it leaves your files and programs intact. The other is a "clean" installatin - which replaces everything on your hard drive.
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Posted 15 February 2006 - 02:43 PM

yeh what i want to do is just wipe everything clean on this computer & make it like almost new again if that makes sense b/c when i reinstall it i always see the same folders in the program files of programs that i used before so how would i just wipe everything completly clean?

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Posted 15 February 2006 - 02:51 PM

You could download KillDisk and do a quick wipe prior to installing XP. This will insure no previous data will surive the formating process.
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Posted 15 February 2006 - 03:04 PM

and then after i do killdisk just pop the XP cd in the drive & do the normal installation?

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Posted 15 February 2006 - 05:07 PM

and then after i do killdisk just pop the XP cd in the drive & do the normal installation?

My experience with Killdisk is that then you must boot with a DOS boot disk afterwards, run the fdisk utility (by simply typing fdisk at the prompt and hitting 'enter' when asked any and all questions). Once fdisk is done, then just pop in your XP disk and install like normal, being sure to do a full format and not a quick format when prompted.

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Posted 15 February 2006 - 05:33 PM

You should be able to boot with the XP disk and partition/format? I have taken unformated/unpartitioned drive and XP prompted me at the start of the install.
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Posted 15 February 2006 - 07:31 PM

so after i run killerdisk i have to use the DOS boot disk before i put in the windows xp disk? sorry im pretty new at trying to wipe clean my computer

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Posted 15 February 2006 - 09:17 PM

I have not had to in the past. When you run the XP it will automaticaly want to partition and format your hard drive.
Two things. First if you do not know what your are doing with the partition manager , either stop what your are doing and ask questions till you understand, or leave the partition "as is". I will not hurt anything and you can always go back when you have aquired the knowledge to modify partition. Second. Use the NTSF file type instead of the FAT32 file type. It will use less space. If for some reason it asks you if you want to keep the current format answer no. This will force it to format the drive.
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Posted 15 February 2006 - 09:59 PM

thanks so much im looking for all i can so i do it right the first time & im happy that i have yalls help any other advice would be great but how about a step by step if thats not asking to much just to give me a better idea so i could print it out & go from there? again thanks so much

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Posted 15 February 2006 - 11:03 PM

Here are Microsoft's instructions for doing a fresh installation of Windows XP:

New Installation with Windows XP
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/s...installnew.mspx

Make sure you have your Windows XP product key number.

You can print these instructions so you have a step by step tutorial.

Choose the NTFS filing system rather than FAT32. It will give you more efficiency and better security.

Edited by Enthusiast, 15 February 2006 - 11:06 PM.


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Posted 15 February 2006 - 11:09 PM

thanks so much for all the help i have to say the other forums i been to in the past they dont give you all this help every post i needed help with i got the help & been able to fix things so thanks this is the best site.

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Posted 16 February 2006 - 03:11 AM

i just got done with wiping my computer clean & installing windows & thanks to your help i got it right the first time thanks again

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Posted 16 February 2006 - 06:46 AM

It feels go when it works out. Good job.
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