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foramtind c drive to remove all its contents

i have p4 dualcore, Windows Media Centre installed, 160 gb hd, 1gb mem. cannot access c drive, tried to reinstall XP. on shows startup shows three lines of windows media center xp. How to correct this problem? and access c drive from My Computer.

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Can you describe your problem better?

In reply to: foramtind c drive to remove all its contents

That is, both more detail and somewhat clearer English.

"Cannot access c:-drive". How do you try? What happens? Assuming that the c:-drive is the drive where Windows is installed: can you boot from it, and how far does it come?

"Tried to reinstall XP". What kind of install (clean install, repair install) from what source? Did it work? Did it fail? On what point? What exactly happened?

"On startup it shows three lines of media center xp". What exactly does it show? What happens then?


Kees

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cannot access c drive

In reply to: Can you describe your problem better?

I can use computer fully well, it is annoying to see three lines popping up ?windows XP media center?. I choose second line to boot the computer and use it.

Tried to access c drive using my computer, message was ?access denied?. Reinstalled using CD drive, it works o.k. I cannot access ?c? drive. Now what can be done?

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Three identical lines with "windows XP media center"? Or didn't you answer my question?

Does this happen to be a multi-boot system? You didn't tell. Did you make it so yourself? What's the exact content of \boot.ini (a hidden file in the root-folder of the c:-drive (that's a difficult question if you can't access it).
Or is it quite something else?

"The message was 'access denied'. I reinstalled using CD-drive [now] it works OK." Or doesn't it work OK, if you still can't access the c:-drive? That's unclear to me. On what drive is Windows installed? Can you access folders on that drive? What should be on the c:?

The usual way to handle 'access denied' error is to take ownership. That might be the case here also. Do exactly what you find if you google XP TAKE OWNERSHIP. It can very well be that it's necessary to boot in Safe Mode; it isn't in XP Pro, and Media Center is like XP Pro, but I can't see the security tab in normal mode myself.

Hope this helps.


Kees

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And ...

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your subject line mentions "formatting the c-drive". But the remainder of your post doesn't. What's the link between the subject and the contents?

Kees

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