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Formatting W7

by diagony / October 30, 2012 1:45 PM PDT

I want to format W7 so I can install XP any ideas?

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Clarification Request
"I want to format W7"?
by lacsr / October 30, 2012 9:39 PM PDT
In reply to: Formatting W7

Perhaps a more detailed question? I suspect the original question is not what is really wanted. Is the intent to remove Windows 7 and install XP or dual boot the two?

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Format C drive?
by diagony / October 31, 2012 3:57 AM PDT
In reply to: "I want to format W7"?

Yes I want to remove W7 and use XP only

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See Kees reply.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 31, 2012 4:09 AM PDT
In reply to: Format C drive?

I often wonder why folk ask how to remove 7 like this. Since we boot the XP CD and right there is a delete partition menu, why would we not use that?

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by diagony / October 31, 2012 10:25 AM PDT
In reply to: See Kees reply.

When I put in the XP boot disk the choice of installing XP is dark, so I can't find a place to delete anything.

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You must have skipped over a screen.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 31, 2012 10:41 AM PDT
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Re: format
by Kees_B Forum moderator / October 30, 2012 10:08 PM PDT
In reply to: Formatting W7

You can't format an OS. All you can do is format a partition on a drive.

Let"s say you format your c:-drive. Then it's empty, and you've got nothing left. You can do that from your XP setup disk during the install. The install will continue then with installing XP on this now empty disk.


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The better solution
by Jimmy Greystone / October 30, 2012 11:58 PM PDT
In reply to: Formatting W7

The better solution given the likelihood of finding XP drivers these days is to install a version of Win7 that supports XP Mode and go that route. For all intents and purposes, installing XP on a machine these days, outside of a VM, is impossible.

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3rd party partition manager boot disk
by mdreamm / November 1, 2012 3:39 PM PDT
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you can format your system partition with partition wizard boot disk, then install XP. Happy

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