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can?t delete c partition

During the installation of windows xp sp2, i?m unable to delete the c partition (the only partition) because it contains downloaded update files needed for installation.
i want to format my hdd, and the c drive is the only partition. any thoughts?

ps: i'm now trying system recovery hoping that this will remove the updated install files, so that after that i can continue removing the c partition normally

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Boot from your XP CD

In reply to: can?t delete c partition

You can't remove the C partition because it's your boot partition. If you want to completely reinstall Windows, boot from your XP CD, there is an option during setup to format your HDD. You can also check out a program called Super F Disk, which is used for formatting as well.

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how to boot from cd?

In reply to: Boot from your XP CD

i have a windows xp cd, but i think it is not actually booting from it. i don?t have a disk drive in my pc, so i can?t make a boot disk.
can i adjust my bios or something to have it boot from the cd-drive?

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In reply to: how to boot from cd?

you can set your BIOS to boot from CD. It's a different setup for each BIOS, but should be relatively straightforward. Most BIOS are already setup to boot from CD. When you have the CD in the drive, does it say "Press any key to boot from CD..." when you start the PC? If so, just press a key. If not, try to find out your Motherboard manufacturer and BIOS revision and I'll find out your configuration. You can also just IM me.

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if you are installing from windows 98 or other.....

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You can do a clean install of xp from an upgrade disk of XP. In Windows insert your cd, should open a window to start upgrade. Watch your choices in the next couple of screens, there is an option that ask where you want to install (c:\windows is default) then there is another choice to pick location during install. Then it will copy a bunch of files and then reboot and start the installation as if it where a full version. Then you will get the option during that part of installation to format c:

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No need to remove it

In reply to: can?t delete c partition

Just format it when you're given the option to during the XP installation. If memory serves, it's the screen immediately following the partition selection screen. You're given the option to leave things as-is, do a quick format, or do a full format. Pick one of the formatting options, and then proceed with the install.

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