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    Default How Do You Format Windows XP

    My whole systems has gone mad so I would simply like to format and re-install everything.

    Q) How do I format my C:/ drive while using windows xp.

    Windows 98 was so simple!

    Thank you!!!
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    Q) How do I format my C:/ drive while using windows xp.
    You can't. It won't allow you to format the drive it's being run from. You need to get a bootable disk (WinXP install disk will do fine; go into recovery mode and just "format c:").
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    I know this is going to sound stupid but how to I get into recovery mode?
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    Boot up the installation disk, then at a point in the loading it'll say "Press R to enter recovery mode" or words to that effect.

    Press R.
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    I still need help with this guys… I’m using Windows XP professional.
    I’ve been trying all kinds of things but to no avail. I reboot and hold the f8 key and so on but it doesn’t want to format.

    If you know how to format drive c: while using Win XP Pro please help me out.
    A step by step for dummies would be good!

    Thank you…
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    Did you use the CD?
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    1) Make sure you can boot from CD.
    2) Insert CD.
    3) Reboot.
    4) Wait for the prompt.
    5) Press R.
    6) Wait for the prompt.
    7) Type "format C:"
    8) Press enter.

    Tada
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    Hey thanks guys... As it turned out I got the guy who sold me the computer to format it for us. I had tried everthing but I didn't have a boot disk so I couldn't do it.

    Just wanted to let you know that I appreciated your help!
    Sure is nice to have this computer working again.
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