problems formatting c drive on laptop

  makie 00:28 07 May 2003

I have a Packard Bell laptop with amd duron 700/running windows millennium. The problem is it will not boot up whatever I do. I have decided to format the hard drive but after typing at the c prompt formatc: it just comes up with the message “the following files are missing or corrupt :\windows\system\vmm32.vxd”.
There is nothing on the hard drive that I need that I haven’t got backed up so I just want to format the hard drive and install xp, that side of it I can do. Any simple ideas of how to format the hard drive would be appreciated.

  hugh-265156 00:46 07 May 2003

have you got a restore disk or full copy of xp?

  jeez 01:04 07 May 2003

do you have a bootable windows cd or floppy?

  makie 01:06 07 May 2003

I have the full copy of xp, the problem is I cannot get it to boot at all millennium. Just a dos black screen with the c promt but as i said when put in after the promt, formatc:\ it shows the message I have posted above

  hugh-265156 01:08 07 May 2003

click here only thing i could find

  jeez 01:09 07 May 2003

makie, I am a little confused are you trying to install xp or millennium? Have you tried booting using one of these disks? exactly which windows cd's do you have?

  hugh-265156 01:10 07 May 2003

oops click here

  makie 01:11 07 May 2003

if i try and boot of the cd there are messages that come up:-


saying these are missing or corrupt
so will not boot of the cd or floppy recovery disk I have

  hugh-265156 01:13 07 May 2003

sounds like its not booting from the cd. its trying to boot from c drive .put the cd in before you turn off then switch on with the xp cd in the drive.
if it still trys to boot from c drive check the boot sequence in your bios

  hugh-265156 01:16 07 May 2003

really sorry this even click here

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