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Xp Home Install Problems

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#1 pitrevie


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Posted 22 February 2007 - 08:53 PM

My brother who lives several thousand miles away from me is re-installing Windows XP Home on his desktop. I have been trying to advise him how to do this with with little success so far. I use XP Professional so I assumed that it would be much the same. He gets to the point where having deleted the old partition and created a new one the only option he gets is a quick format which lasts a couple of seconds. The disk he is using is the recovery disk that came with his machine. I have tried to get him to run the recovery console from the CD and then format but it appears that even that isnt available. I have several questions, is there something about XP Home that doesnt allow you to do a full format when you are using the recovery disk to reinstall? Is the recovery console not available to be run from an XP Home CD and lastly will he be able to use the old serial number for XP Home which he has been taped to the top of his computer.

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 10:58 PM

I'm not entirely sure about this, but I think the problem is that he is using a recovery disk. What he would need for a full reinstallation is an installation disk. The two are different, though I don't know in what ways.

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Posted 23 February 2007 - 01:52 AM

The only difference between a full format and a quick format is that the partition is scanned for bad sectors using the chkdsk command. Both methods remove all the files from the partition.
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Posted 23 February 2007 - 07:32 PM

What is the make and model of the system. This will help us to figure out the easiest way for you to coach him through this.
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