Dtive C in use - format aborted

  [DELETED] 14:26 16 Dec 2003


I do hope one of you geniuses can help! It's 5:45 in the morning and I've had [b]enough.[/b]

I want to uninstall Me from my laptop and install Win98. (I have the Master CD and Boot Disc from my pc.)

So, I've tried reformatting my hard drive. None of the boot discs I have made from Add/Remove or Norton will boot into DOS on startup or restart.
If I go to Run and type FORMAT C:and then Y and press enter when the prompt window comes up, I get a message saying Drive C is currently in use by another process. (The same if I go direct to MSDOSPrompt.)

So, I've closed every obvious program running (except Explorer), disabled Task Scheduler, uninstalled every application I really don't need for work (including antivirus and firewall), deleted a corrupt CRYPT32.DLL (which I think may be the hub of the problem) and reinstalled it from a download. I've then defragged (fine) and scanned (restarts).

I'm so tired I'm almost tempted to reformat from safe mode.

It's probably staring me in the face, but, what is running on C, what do I do (v. simple instructions, please) and why am I so stupid?

T so much IA.


  [DELETED] 14:30 16 Dec 2003


I meant DRIVE C, obviously - Told you I was tired!!

  johnnyrocker 14:31 16 Dec 2003

click here


  johnnyrocker 14:32 16 Dec 2003

or run msconfig for the answer.


  [DELETED] 14:51 16 Dec 2003

You must boot from the boot floppy and get an A:\prompt - you can't force Windows to commit suicide.Have you set your floppy drive as Ist boot?

  [DELETED] 15:00 16 Dec 2003


  [DELETED] 15:02 16 Dec 2003

No - it's murder or nothing!

  [DELETED] 12:50 17 Dec 2003


Thanks for your help.

I'm trying all your suggestions but I think I may have a very stylish doorstop on my hands.

This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.

Elsewhere on IDG sites

How to watch the World Cup for free on TV and online

Adobe's brand-new video editing app Project Rush works across your computer, tablet and phone

Best external graphics cards (eGPUs) for Mac

Les meilleurs jeux pour Android (2018)