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The Windows XP CD is bootable and contains all the tools necessary
to partition and format your drive. Follow this procedure and allow
Windows XP to partition and format your drive:

NOTE: It would be best to physically disconnect all your peripheral hardware
devices, except the monitor, mouse and keyboard, before installing XP.

NOTE: If you have an internal Zip Drive installed, physically disconnect the
EIDE and power cable to it before proceeding, otherwise your main
hard drive may not be assigned the customary C: drive letter.
After installing Windows XP, you may then reconnect it.

1. Open your BIOS and set your "CD Drive as the first bootable device".

===> Accessing Motherboard BIOS
===> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm

2. Insert your Windows XP CD in the CD Drive and reboot your computer.
3. You'll see a message to boot to the CD....follow the instructions.
4. The setup menu will appear and you should elect to delete all the existing
Windows partitions, then create a new partition, then format the primary
partition (preferably NTFS) and proceed to install Windows XP.

5. Clean Install Windows XP

[Courtesy of Michael Stevens, MS-MVP]

6. ==> Immediately after installing Windows XP, turn on XP's Firewall.
==> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/default.mspx

7. After Windows XP is installed, visit the Windows Update website
and download the available "Critical Updates".

8. After installing the critical updates, be sure and visit the support website
of the manufacturer of the computer to download and install any
available Windows XP compatible drivers, such as video adapter
and audio drivers.

9. If you happen to run into any installation difficulties, use the following resources:

How to Troubleshoot Windows XP Problems During Installation

Troubleshooting Windows XP Setup

[Courtesy of MS-MVP Kelly Theriot]

Note: If you are unable to activate Windows XP again via the internet,
then select the option to "activate by telephone".

Carey Frisch
Microsoft MVP
Windows XP - Shell/User
Microsoft Newsgroups


"Ryan" wrote:

| Anyone know the FDISK option of wiping out Windows?


Nov 15, 2003
Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

"Ryan" <Ryan@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> Anyone know the FDISK option of wiping out Windows?

If your ultimate goal is to wipe the disk and reinstall XP then just boot
from the XP cd and you can format your disk before the install. If for some
reason you just want to wipe out the disk partition of XP then go to
bootdisk.com and download a floppy image with fdisk on it. Boot from the
floppy you create and if the partition is NTFS choose the option to delete a
non-dos partition if it's formatted FAT32 the choose delete dos partition.
You cannot run fdisk from within XP because first of all the command does
not exist and secondly you cannot delete the partition your running on.


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Be aware that none of the approaches described elsewhere in this
thread will remove all traces of/files from a previous installation
potentially discoverable by software that reads the disk sector by
sector, since anything on the disk that has not actually been
overwritten will still be there. If you are trying to "clean" a disk
prior to selling it or giving it away, you should use software that
actually overwrites any existing data with junk, e.g. DBAN

On Tue, 6 Sep 2005 17:11:15 -0700, "Ryan"
<Ryan@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

>Anyone know the FDISK option of wiping out Windows?

Please respond to the Newsgroup, so that others may benefit from the exchange.
Peter R. Fletcher