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Windows XP will not re-format

by BillR / March 28, 2004 11:31 AM PST

My Windows XP operating system is corrupted and it will not re-format. I tried System Restore to no avail. I tried System Recovery but it tells me that the user partion is gone and it can not re-create it. I tried to fake boot it and no help there either. I do not have a recovery disc. What can I do to re-install this Windows XP Home Version? Thanks, Bill

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Re:Windows XP will not re-format
by ronb / March 28, 2004 12:13 PM PST

I have a similar problem. IE shuts down with "run time error", or "encountered a problem, shutting down"
X P Home preinstalled
tried to update, still same problems.
No recovery disc came with this PC
I do have a XP home upgrade disc for my other computer, I also created rescue discs as instructed on this PC but have not used them.
Is there anyway to repair IE, without formatting and reinstall?
Sony Vaio Desk top
P-4 2.8
1024 MB PC-2700
XP Home edition.
Any suggestions please.

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Re:Re:Windows XP will not re-format
by bunnyman / March 28, 2004 1:09 PM PST

NO, you have no choice here but to restore your system. Be SURE to back-up anything you want to save! (Documents, pictures, etc.)Then, get a set of restore Cds. Sony DOES sell them.Call them. They do not cost a lot. You'll need to do a COMPLETE restore to fix your issue.

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Re:Windows XP will not re-format
by fp40ky / March 28, 2004 1:25 PM PST

I just this problem this week here the steps you can take. Shut down your computer then turn it back on press the <F12> key = boot menu provided ur computer is dell brand Or any brand just before it goes in windows xp. The you will see numbers 1.normal 2 C hard drive 3. IDE cd-rom device before you go down to the 3 insert the reinstall disk As long as you have the OEM version of xp you can reformat your hard drive w/o entering the product key.

When the windows xp setup is up and running after the agreement press <F8> to agree. Then press the <ESC> then it ask you series of questions answer them and then after windows xp is reinstalled a fresh copy of it (When reformatting your hard you will lose all your personal data stored on your so backup important files that you want on a floppy disk or use ur CD-RW to burn your data on to a cd-rom).

After OS is reinstalled you will have to reinstall all the device drivers, followed by your virus protection software and additional software you were using at that time.. Plan on spending a good 2 to 3 hrs to complete this process when all is complete your computer will be like new again..

These steps are very important to follow in the order or provided your still don't understand these simple steps. Contact your computer's Techinical Support team provided you are having any problems. They have proven to me to be an excellent resource to use in your situation

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Re:Windows XP will not re-format
by Rollo / March 30, 2004 8:07 AM PST

Hi. Beg or Borrow a Windows 98, 98SE or ME bootable floppy-disk and boot your machine from the A: drive. Run FDISK.EXE and delete all partitions on your C: drive, then insert the WinXP CD-ROM in your CD drive, remove the floppy from A: drive, THEN YOU MUST REBOOT the computer! Your computer, if it's modern enough, will then boot from the WinXP CD and commence the installation process. This assumes you have the full version of WinXP, Home or Pro. Regards

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Re:Windows XP will not re-format
by glb613 / March 30, 2004 9:50 AM PST

How old is your Sony? Most new models come with a recovery utility that allows you to restore (I'm not talking about system restore that comes with Windows) your system. You also have the option to create restore CDs to use if the hard drive option isn't available. Did you make the CDs? If not, you should be able to buy a set from the Sony web site.

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Re:Re:Windows XP will not re-format
by Basket628 / March 30, 2004 11:12 AM PST

Do not need A Windows 98 boot disk to format can do it all by the Windows Xp cd delete all Partitions an format from that CD

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Are responders reading the post?
by Tom Aikman / March 30, 2004 12:20 PM PST

The user does not have OS CD. Bummer.
As the forum God Proffitt says, "no OS CD is like getting a flat without a spare". Get a XP CD or recovery CD or re-install may not be possible.

Good Luck, Tom

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Re:Are responders reading the post?
by Rollo / March 30, 2004 3:06 PM PST

Right. And nobody's yet stated the obvious, so I will. You can't format a partition using the operating system running in the same partition. It would be like carrying out surgery on yourself ... without anaesthetic.

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Re:Windows XP will not re-format
by stu-eyris / March 30, 2004 6:56 PM PST

i know some one else said it but change the boot menu so that first is floppy second is cd-rom or dvd drive then your hard drive with xp on it

you need to get an xp cd from some where""

then put in cd-rom drive and during the boot process it should come up wiht a boot from cd-rom option at hte bottom of the screen

press enter and it will boot from the xp cd

fowolow the acepting licens pressing f8 etc

when it come to chousing partitions chouse your curent windows xp partition but chouse to install a frsh coppy of xp, this may format your drive, so i sugest that you get any files you need first!!!!!

continte with rest of instll.

alternitivley if u can get your files first format using the cd (this is one of the first 5 screens of the instilation) i strongley sugest starting afresh as this shold solve all software faults, remover vireses etc.

onece install has finished your system should work fine agian.

any proplems put another post



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