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#1 rayandmaura

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 08:48 PM

Im about to securely wipe a drive. When I do will i need a boot CD to reinstall windows xp or will the BIOS still be there so I can access it and just choose to boot from the installation CD? Im sorry if this is a real stupid question im just so confused.. I know how to access the BIOS but im not sure if itll still be there after the wipe.... Thank You
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Posted 15 November 2006 - 10:10 PM

The bios is independent of Windows and is in memory on the motherboard, not on the hard drive.

If you have a full installation Windows XP CD you should be able to format the drive (use NTFS not Fat 32) and do a fresh install of Windows XP.
Make sure you have the 25 digit Windows key handy for the computer on which you are reinstalling XP.
(this key must have never have been used on any other computer but this one or it won't activate)

How to perform a Clean Install Windows XP
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

Edited by Enthusiast, 15 November 2006 - 10:14 PM.





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