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Rebuilding a Computer

by jkoch1 / May 26, 2008 10:52 AM PDT

Ok so a while ago I had a perfectly good working Windows XP. Then it crash (I don't know why). My friend whp fixes computers had a copy of linux so he downloaded that onto my computer. Later he found a free version of Windows XP and put that on as well. My other friend gave me a copy of Windows XP and now what I would like to do is get rid of linux and Windows XP(the free version) and download Windows XP as my opperating system. I have a disc for Windows XP and if I put that in it says it will download XP for me, but I don't know if it will get rid of the free version and linux. I assume it won't so I need to know how to get rid of all of my opperating systems and install Windows XP. Hope that wasn't to much. If you have any suggestions let me know.

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fdisk
by Porch-a-Geese / May 26, 2008 10:56 AM PDT
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Have your friend wipe your drive clean with a live CD and the qtparted or fdisk utility on it.

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re:fdisk
by jkoch1 / May 26, 2008 11:00 AM PDT
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no they haven't done anything I still have everyting on it I just want to get rid of everything and install windows XP

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live cd
by jkoch1 / May 26, 2008 11:10 AM PDT
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whats a live cd?

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knoppix
by Porch-a-Geese / May 26, 2008 11:23 AM PDT
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Ask your friend to make you a copy of knoppix using nero or sonic and the "burn image to disk" function.
be sure the md5 sum matches. use cd-rw if you don't make a good copy the first time.
leave the disc in the tray and reboot the computer.
be sure the bios is set to boot from the cdrom first.
a good burn will have you seeing the knoppix intro screen.
hit enter and you are in a linux environment. KDE.
you can fix your system here.
control panel and adjust keyboard rate in peripherals. set at 13/sec
single click on everything
command for root access here is "sudo su"
the terminal is on the task bar
you can use "fdisk /dev/sda" and follow the directions

or you can use qtparted.
once you get online and setup the repeat rate go to net and open iceweasel. come back to cnet forums and search my posts for the partitioning tutorials.

By the way, a livecd is a complete system on a cd.

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Before you get too far along
by Jimmy Greystone / May 26, 2008 11:22 AM PDT
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Before you get too far along, are you sure that copy of XP is legal? Either copy really. That should be the first order of business, because Microsoft has been adding teeth to the Windows license lately.

Other than that, the advice given is pretty much spot on, and a LiveCD is really any bootable CD, but typically it refers to a Linux distribution that can be booted, and run, from a CD. No installation required.

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 26, 2008 9:25 PM PDT
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Sorry but I am locking this.

There is no free version of Windows XP. Microsoft doesn't do that.

Also, if your friend has given you a copy of his own XP CD then that is Piracy, and such actions cannot be discussed in these forums.

You need to sort these issues out before moving on. Find your original XP CD that came with the computer and use that. If you have mislaid it, contact the place that supplied you with the computer and ask them for duplicate CD's for that computer.

Feel free to let me know through my profile if I have misunderstood the situation.

Mark

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