format hard drive for XP

  Dull 18:05 22 Oct 2003

please can someone tell me the best way to go about formating my computer - I have just bought XP and would like to install it (my system is compatible)
I did previously install it without formating - but there are some programs still on there I don't want

  TECHNODIMWIT 18:11 22 Oct 2003

if you set your PC to boot from CD, there is no need to format.
Place the CD in the drive and restart your computer and the installation will walk you through the steps for deleting and setting up for a clean install.

  Djohn 18:12 22 Oct 2003

Go into your BIOS and st your CD drive as first bootable drive. re-boot the PC and then insert the XP CD into your drive, it will auto run and Use the option to do a clean install, it will format the drive, then install for you. j.

  spikeychris 18:15 22 Oct 2003

Bit of extra >>>

Set the BIOS to boot from CD. When the machine kicks up and you see the "press any key to boot"...

"press any key to boot CD". Once the CD boots you have an option to Install Windows XP or repair with Recovery Console. Select the option to install and you will have a License Agreement presented. Press F8 to accept the agreement and you will be presented with the option to Repair your current install of Windows or do a clean install. Select the option for a new install and you will have the options to reformat.

It'll ask, as its copying files to use during installation to press F6 if you need to install SCSI or Raid drivers at the bottom of the screen ignore them. You'll come to a screen that'll ask you where you want to install WinXP and as you continue you'll be asked if you want to format the drive. (There's an option for Quick Format but I would do the Full Format) and I would also tell it to Format using NTFS.

Format whatever installations you have installed and install Windows back to the primary drive.

  DPD 18:22 22 Oct 2003

I'd be interested if this method also works for installing WIn XP on a Win 98SE machine?

  TECHNODIMWIT 18:25 22 Oct 2003

this is for full install and yes for 98SE if your pc wil take XP

  Djohn 18:30 22 Oct 2003

As TECHNODIMWIT says, it's the same for the upgrade version or the full version. The only difference between the two is that the upgrade CD will ask you to insert your qualifying O/S CD to verify. j.

  Dull 19:33 22 Oct 2003

excellent - thanks for all help
will try

  ollie < one> 21:41 24 Oct 2003


  zigg 16:21 15 Dec 2003

will windows xp upgrade version format my hard drive if i am upgrading from win98 or do I have to reformat my hard drive and reinstall win98 first? Also, as I have a second hard drive on my system will win xp format both hard drives or just the master one. Any help appreciated.

  Gareth2303 17:34 29 Dec 2003

I had 2os's running on my pc and i upgraded my graphics card and ram and i got a COOLERMASTER Gear fan for my CPU,
My 2 os's were 2000 AND XP and i wanted to gt rid of 2000 and start over fresh, i reinstalled windows without touching the bios now i have 2 xp pros and 2000, (doh) thanks for telling me about the bios, i forgot all about it!!!:)

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