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Reformat w/o Discs

I need to reformat Windows Xp but, do not have the discs. I did this once before and cannot remember, please help me.

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Format is easy. Installing an OS may be hard.

To format your drive is drop kick easy. Go get a boot disk from, and DELPART.EXE. Delpart the partitions, use FDISK to partition and format to format.

But why would you want a formatted drive? The machine won't run Windows but will be "formatted" as you asked.


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let me rephrase

what i mean is, restored to exactly the way it was when i purchased it,

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That helps

Is this a brand name machine like Dell or HP? These come with recovery disks and are different from Windows OEM disks. Is it these you do not have? If so, you can try to contact the manufacturer to see if they are available for purchase. If the machine is old, I wouldn't get too optimistic about that possiblility. You might be left with purchasing a copy of Windows. You will also need to know the hardware in the computer and download the drivers from the manufacturers site. Some PCs such as Dells will have a product # that will help identify the specific hardware configuration. You will need to know this to get the correct drivers. You need these available during and/or after the OS is installed.

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No, this is a very simple procedure, of which i have done before. like restoring to and earlier restore point but, i want to restore to the factory setting, like it was the day it came off the lot. I just did this with my computer a couple of months ago, and now i need to do it with my dads. We cannot find his system restore discs and i cannot remember how to do it. Was just hoping someone would know.

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Without the discs

You're pretty much SOL.

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Does the term "Recovery Console" sound familiar?

If so, it may be an option present when booting to Safe Mode. Some PCs had/have hidden recovery partitions on the hard drive. Try booting to safe mode and see if the option is present.

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That is kinda what it was but, it is an actual program that hp has put on the hd

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"i want to restore to the factory setting, like it was the day it came off the lot. I just did this with my computer a couple of months ago, and now i need to do it with my dads. We cannot find his system restore discs"

Without the make and model and certainly without those restore disks you are S.O.L. This is where people learn a brutal lesson about how much those CDs are worth.


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found it

nevermind I found it. got his computer recovery to the factory settings minus the dics. Thanks to HP.

Its the HP Application and Driver Recovery Program

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Be aware you never shared the make/model.

And Carnac is no longer on this Earth.

To help people help you, please obey the forum tip.


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What brand of computer?

Some computers come with a restore partition on the hard drive with the option to make restore CDs. Others come with with the operating system CD plus CDs with the drivers and factory installed software. And still others have a restore CD set that is like an all-in-one redo.

That fact you don't have any disks means you either didn't make a copy when prompted, you lost them or never had them included in the sale. If I was you, I'd be contacting the manufacturer and see if I could get a set. Because without the disks or a recovery partition you can access, you can't reinstall the operating system.

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A question or two

You say you want to reformat XP but don't have disks. Are you trying to set up the disk for a reinstallation or just erase the disk? If you plan to reinstall, this is only properly done with the XP CD. If you want to erase the disk but leave the partition and format information in place, you can try connecting the drive to another XP machine. If you want to totally remove XP and partition information, you can get the utility disk from the HD manufacturers web site to do so.

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