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by Graeowl / January 22, 2005 6:03 AM PST

I am sorry for posting what must be an often asked question, but I have run out of places to turn to for help.

Firstly how do you force windows to boot from a cd? Can this be done without changing the bios?

Secondly, how do you format a drive in XP? I have been told any number of times that it can be done while installing XP from the cd. I have never found an option allowing me to format the entire drive, just to overwrite the current windows system (if any).

I am really missing the days of the start up disk here....

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by sp_100 / January 22, 2005 6:25 AM PST
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1. No floppy needed - Change boot sequence (to CD) in BIOS. (Set it back when you are done).

2. Format is one of the questions/options during the initial "text-mode" phase. You also can delete, and recreate all existing partitions.

Hope this helps!

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Well now...
by Graeowl / January 22, 2005 6:32 AM PST
In reply to: how

I was worried I had to go through the bios... bah.

In the inital text mode i see the material regarding partitions, but nothing allowing a format. It asks if I wish to change, add or delete a partition. I know deleting the partition will format the disc, but since the temporary setup files are on that drive it will not let me.

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Read...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 22, 2005 6:37 AM PST
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The Best and way to Install Xp without problems
by jackfrost64 / January 22, 2005 6:43 AM PST
In reply to: Well now...

Use the below link and follow the the steps listed for your version of XP. Please NOTE that it does require changing the boot order in the bios. No big deal follow step and you should have no problem.
http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm

Richard

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