Compaq EVO and Loading Windows XP

  Andy199 23:11 18 Feb 2007


Can you help me with this problem, I have been given a copy of Windows XP and a Compaq EVO bought from The Computer Warehouse - ex corporate and Lease stock and have been asked to install Windows XP pro. When installing XP it reports it cant find a hard drive. (It is there and working) in DOS I cant go back any further that c:(Windows) I get a message - not a valid command see HELP for valid commands. I think this is some sort of security feature so corporate users cant just overwrite the C drive?? Can you tell me how to remove this so I can install a fresh copy of Windows XP. The old version on the HD is shot to bits.



  Ex plorer 01:56 19 Feb 2007

Hi is the CD ROM working ok check the IDE cable and power connection.
Can you play any music on the CD ROM is set at master.
Do you want to completely wipe all that’s on your Hard drive? if so downloads KILLDISK from
click here
and onto a floppy disk, reboot your PC with the floppy in the drive and follow on screen instructions this will completly remove all on the hard drive.
Then reformat the drive, XP should do that for you NTFS.
You say you have been given XP is it new, if not I am not sure how you will load it onto the drive if you don’t know the history of that disk.
I have my own XP and had to load it 3 times onto the same PC for different reasons and you have to get in touch with Microsoft for a new key I also was asked how many times it had been used in the past.

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