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Can not delete partition

by rswest1023 / December 13, 2010 12:58 AM PST

I have reinstalled xp from cd three times and have three copies to choose from at start up. I have been trying to format the hard drive, however when I enter setup from cd (I am booting from CD) It states that I can not delete partition because set up files are on the partition. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Sounds like you ...
by Edward ODaniel / December 13, 2010 4:08 AM PST

are either missing a step or skipping a step in the installation as a normal Retail or OEM Installation CD allows you to eliminate partitions and create new ones very early in the process.

I would suggest that you follow this link -

The first screen shown under Part 2 is where you are not deleting the partition and another attempt will rectify the situation.

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Not working
by rswest1023 / December 14, 2010 2:06 AM PST
In reply to: Sounds like you ...

I have followed the instructions from the site your recomended, however when I get to the first screen of part 2 I get the following error: setup is unable to perform the requested poeration on the selected partition. This partition contains temporary Setup files that are required to complete the installation to continue press enter

Any Ideas?

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Then other tools worth learning.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 14, 2010 2:48 AM PST
In reply to: Not working

Look up GPARTED and use that to delete this partition.

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Yes, it sounds like you ...
by Edward ODaniel / December 14, 2010 6:11 AM PST
In reply to: Not working

are actually booting into Windows first then Autorun initiates the setup. Since you are actually in Windows the partition cannot be deleted.

Go into your BIOS and set the boot order to boot from CD first, then SAVE that change (usually by pressing F10 and respoinding Yes when asked). Now the computer will reboot and most will present a prompt to press a key to boot from the CD.

Now you can delete the partition.

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Ref:Can not delete partition
by randy1001 / December 14, 2010 2:40 PM PST

You can use some software.Windows 7 or vista CD has the GUI for partition option.

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