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#1 mikelivia

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 12:12 AM

Hey guys, Well I havent used my computer in a while letting other people borrow it and use it while i didn't need it. Now comes the time and I get back onto it and its running real slow and sluggish and im sure there is some spyware on it and some other junk programs. Instead of spending all that time removing that stuff I would rather just reformat and start over from a fresh start. Well the problem is I insert my Windows Xp Home cd and I go to install the cd and it says the version I have is newer than the cds and i cant instal. I try rebooting with the cd in the drive and nothign happens. Any Advice on how to get around this ? Ps I new to computers so if you could explain some of the steps it be a big help. Thanks

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 12:32 AM

This will work...

DELETE the C:/Windows/ directory.

Reboot the computer... then hold the DEL key to go into the BIOS
Set to load from CDROM.... load the OS cd...
Reboot.... and you're good to go.

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 01:49 AM

The better way would be to create a slipstreamed cd that included SP2.

Slipstreaming Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2)
http://winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp..._slipstream.asp


Use Autostreamer to create slipstreamed Windows XP CD
How to slipstream AutoStreamer slipstreaming ap

Autostreamer for creating slipstreamed cds
http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4444.html

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 05:39 PM

ok thanks for the help. im going to try that now

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 06:11 PM

ok I tried downloading that streamer but the prob is my computer runs slow so I cant do much on the internet. ( on a dif computer now). I tried erasing the Windows file but it said it couldent because it is needed to run windows. is there a certain way you have to do this? If you could give me some simple steps on how to get to the file and erase it that would be great. thanks

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 06:18 PM

If you are reformatting the hd, then all you would need to do is delete the Windows directory. If it doesn't let you delete it fully, delete the contents inside of it, then put your os cd inside the drive. Then power down.

When you power down and then power up, hold the DEL key while it's doing a P.O.S.T., and it'll take you into the B.I.O.S... from there, you'll need to change your 1st boot device to DCROM. Your 1st boot device right now is probably set to IDE-0.

After setting the device, save it and reboot...... it should now boot from the cd, and you should be able to install the os.

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 06:20 PM

oh ok that makes sense ill try again thanks

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 06:30 PM

sorry to bother you again. but after looking at the files i saw there was only a Windows file and not a directory. so i went ahead and erased everything that was inside the windows file. Is that what you meant?

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 09:28 AM

It probably is - but the test is to try and install XP. If it installs, you did it right!
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 07:17 PM

ok thanks i got it to work and my computer is running much better

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 08:00 PM

Glad to hear it! Thanks for letting us know!
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