Hi I havew decided that the only way that I can solve the problems with my hard drive because of it being infected, is to format my C Drive and then get in better security than at present. It used to be very straightforward when I had Win98 - simply start up in DOS and then format. How do I do it in XP Home Edition? Many thanks Patrick
Even though I have the Win XP disk, it does not give me the opportunity of formatting the C Drive. It offers either an upgrade, which is not relevant, or Advanced. I have tried simply to reinstall WinXP over itself but it won't let me. Is there no DOS facility at all on WinXP so that I can do format C:/ Thanks for all the help so far offered but still haven't got tthe answer yet Patrick
Are you sure you have a full version WinXP CD and not just an upgrade from an earlier version of Windows?
You can format a second drive or partition from inside Windows XP. You cannot, however, format the boot partition as this contains files needed for Windows to boot and run. click here and look under "How do I format my hard drive under WinXP?" for various methods to accomplish this.