reinstalling win xp

  Viv-208691 17:15 23 Jun 2004

Hi there, my xp home edition has gone badly wrong and the only option i have is to reinstall xp.

I have selected to reinstall xp after booting from the cd. I am then given 3 options:

*To set up Windows XP on the selected item, press ENTER
*To create a partition in the unpartitioned space, press C
*To delete the selected partition, press D

The 'selected partition' is my c: harddrive.

Which option do i select to simply replace my last xp with a fresh one?

  Virtuosity 17:17 23 Jun 2004

Go for the first option. I hope all your data was backed up!

  woodchip 17:19 23 Jun 2004

To option to repair

  woodchip 17:19 23 Jun 2004

does it give option to repair

  VoG II 17:20 23 Jun 2004

Let the Setup go through the first part of the Installation procedure.

When you come to the screen in which it says "Welcome to Setup." press Enter to Setup Windows XP.

Press F8 to agree to the End User License.

Let the Setup search your system for previous versions of Windows.

When the Setup is finished searching your system, select your Windows XP Installation and press the R key on your keyboard to start the Repair Procedure.

Setup will delete all major system files and then replace them with new copies.

You will have to download all of the updates from Microsoft Windows Update again because it replaces the files.

  Viv-208691 17:31 23 Jun 2004

'repair' wont work since i have forgotten the admin password (please read this thread, click here).

Thanks, i selected the first option, which option do i choose then?:

1. Format the partition using the NTFS file system (Quick)
2. Format the partition using the NTFS file system
3. Leave the current file system intact (no changes)

ps sorry if these questions seem obvious to you.


  Viv-208691 17:43 23 Jun 2004

please someone help, i need to do this now but dont want to make a mistake

thanks, help would be greatly appreciated.

  VoG II 17:46 23 Jun 2004

If you want to wipe everything off the drive select 1 (or 2 but that will take longer).

Select 3 if you want to repair Windows but leave your other files intact (hopefully).

  Viv-208691 17:53 23 Jun 2004

thanks VoG. is there a disadvantage in choosing option 1 rather than option 2?


  VoG II 17:56 23 Jun 2004

Not really but if you want the drive left squeaky clean go for 2.

  Viv-208691 18:21 23 Jun 2004

Ok, thankyou very much.

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