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format with two operating systems

by gormansl / February 5, 2006 10:00 AM PST

I was trying to format my c:. I keep getting an error not letting me format. I read somewhere to go ahead and install xp home over xp plus. problem I have now is I have two operating systems to choose from when starting. I would still like to format and start with a clean install.

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Reinstalling Windows XP...
by John.Wilkinson / February 5, 2006 10:18 AM PST

It sounds like you want to start over with a fresh installation of Windows XP, wiping out everything that's there now. If that's the case you can click here for step-by-step instructions, along with select screenshots down the left-hand side. Just make sure you have backed up all of your files as this will leave nothing behind.

Hope this helps,
John

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reinstalling windows xp
by gormansl / February 5, 2006 10:54 AM PST

yes I want to start with a clean install. I tried starting from a boot floopy but it skipped it and then I tried hitting pause/break and putting in my operating cd, but it went straight to which operating system I wanted.

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reinstalling windows xp
by gormansl / February 5, 2006 11:19 AM PST

when I try to format in dos I get the following. Format cannot run because the volume is in use by another
process. Format may run if this volume is dismounted first.
ALL OPENED HANDLES TO THIS VOLUME WOULD THEN BE INVALID.
Would you like to force a dismount on this volume? (Y/N)
I put in y and it still wont format

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