Now, now, self depreciating humor is always good in small doses, but no need to go overboard.
I won't give you a complete step by step because that site I linked you to does that already, but this should help explain what Black Viper is trying to tell you. To format your disk all you have to do is insert your XP disk and reboot your computer (do not choose to do anything from the splash screen which comes up when you insert the disk, just put it in and reboot the computer). As the computer first reboots, you will have a few seconds to hit any key to boot from the disk, please do so.
Now follow the prompts from the install program and the instructions on the site I linked you to. You do not need to install 98 first, you just need to have the disk at hand because the XP set up will ask for it to confirm that you are upgrading from a previous version of Windows.
After it asks you to insert your 98 disk for conformation (step 4), you will come to a screen about hard drive partition information. Since you want to do a reformat and clean install you have to delete the old partition first. Select your old operating system (OS) partition and press D to delete it (steps 5, 6, and 7). I don't know how many partitions you currently have but you want to put XP on the same partition your old OS was on, usually the C drive.
After you delete the partition, it will be undefined space and it will give you the opportunity to create a new partition(s), this is where you are actually reformatting your disk Choose the NTFS file system for your partitions, do not use the quick format option because you want to be sure that there are no bad sectors on the disk before you install (steps 8, 9, 10 and 11).
Once this is done it will walk you hand in hand through the rest of the set up.
It seems like a complicated procedure to do the first time you try this, but it is really pretty simple. There really is no need to enrich the swiss bank account of the local computer geek. Once you have a basic understanding of what is happening, the prompts the set up program give you are pretty straight forward. Basically you delete the old partition and then recreate it. Now try going back and rereading that site I posted, take notes if you have to and hopefully this explanation I gave you will help you to make sense of what that site is trying to tell you to do.
May the fickle finger of fate never poke you in the eye.
Edited by Ronbo, 22 January 2005 - 12:11 PM.
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