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Need remove mac os x operating system; reload xp

I have been given a dell computer which I want to delete the BS operating system, format/wipe clean the drive and re-load xp. How do i do this?

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Probably the easiest way

Probably the easiest way, is to get a Linux LiveCD. Boot from that, then use the disk partitioner to remove the Mac OS X partitions and create new NTFS partitions. Then you reboot with the XP CD and install from there.

The Linux LiveCD is necessary because in my experience the Windows installer gets confused when it encounters partition types other than FAT12/16/32 and NTFS, and it will stall before you're able to even get started installing the OS. It's also good to have something like a Linux LiveCD around in case your system becomes overrun with malware and won't boot, but you want to try and salvage some data.

Probably any Linux LiveCD will do, but Knoppix and Ubuntu are the ones that kind of come to mind. Knoppix is designed primarily as a LiveCD, while Ubuntu is primarily a HDD based distribution, but it also lets you sort of try before you buy with a LiveCD option. Or at least it did, it's been a long time since I've looked at Ubuntu, but I doubt they'd remove that, since their install program was basically to clone the LiveCD and lay it down on the HDD.

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OVER MY HEAD

Who in the world puts MAC operating system on a PC?? I think I'd rather take a sledge hammer to the machine. Thx for your input but it's beyond my ability.

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Something that may be within your realm is

to physically replace the hard drive.
You can get reasonably priced ones at places like New Egg

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(NT) Live in Cabo, Mexico. Buy hard drive where?
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Did you miss the line that said,
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Quite a few actually

Quite a few actually. It's a violation of the Mac OS X EULA, but that doesn't stop a lot of people. Of course unless some of the major technical shortcomings of the whole Hackintosh thing have been overcome, I'd rather just pay the little bit extra for an Apple branded system.

In any case, what I suggested isn't as difficult as it sounds. There should be loads of documentation on installing Linux, including partitioning, so all you have to do is swap NTFS in where they say Ext3 or something similar, and then reboot and install Windows instead of following the rest of the instructions.

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