Can anyone help me. I have a laptop and have just purchased a new one, so I want to clean up the old one before I give it to my daughter to use. It has Windows XP and a 40Gb drive but when I put the CD in it only offers the option to reload or repair XP - I want to format but don't know how. Can anyone help?
1st thing i would try would be to put the XP disk in the laptop, and then 'restart' it.
If it offers the option 'boot from ATAPI CD-rom, hit any key' then hit a key. It should then boot from the CD. Then all you have to do is follow the onscreen instructions.
If it does not try and boot from the CD, stick any old floppy disk in the floppy drive (leave the CD in), and restart yet again. If the PC says 'invalid or non system disk' you will need to get a 'boot floppy', boot from this , then put the cd in.
If it boots from the floppy, and you end up at the C> prompt, try typing 'CD D:' (without quotes) where D: is the name of your CD drive. If this works then type 'setup' (ditto). This should launch the Xp setup program.
If neither work, you will need to go into the BIOS, and change the boot order. But lets hope one or the other works before we try further.
Can't go wrong with Mr. P's guides, they are excellent and well tried before being placed on his site, plus you have the comfort of knowing Powerless himself is never far away if you need any clarification, but I doubt you will.