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Ok, here's a long story that I won't even bother to tell.


Short version - I set up XP on a partition, and wasn't happy with the install ( I won't go into that). I tried to delete the partition, but Windows wouldn't allow it because it " contains elements of Windows Setup that are needed", so I installed another version of XP on the remaining unpatitioned part of the drive.

Ideally, I'd like the drive unpartitioned ( I know, I know- but it's the wife's compy), and I still can't get Windows to delete the primary partition ( it's about 1 Gig).

Is there any way I can go back to a non-partitioned drive without having a program like Norton Ghost or some other program? Can I do it with Windows, alone. And if yes,,, then how?
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Windows Setup disk prompts you to do so

or you can use the Windows Recovery tool on the cd as well
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Yes, but it won't let me delete that partition, because it "contains elements of Windows Setup necessary for the installation of Windows".

Any suggestions?
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Complete format and reinstall. Delete the partitions within the windows setup.
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Can't you reformat?
    
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If you have a full version of windows, boot from the disc, keep going like your installing windows for the first time until it lists partitions, then you shall see the option to delete the partition, it will allow it.
    
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no.. that's just it... it won't let me delete it. I press D after highlighting the partition, and get the message that I referred to above.

BTW, it's a Dell Dimension 8300, so I'm using the OEM disc that came with the machine
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post #8 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by rottenotto View Post
no.. that's just it... it won't let me delete it. I press D after highlighting the partition, and get the message that I referred to above.

BTW, it's a Dell Dimension 8300, so I'm using the OEM disc that came with the machine
I would try getting a full version disc

Other than that all I can recommend is a partitioning program.
    
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ok- CC- thanks.... I'll giev it some thought. Probly gonna use it as an excuse to order a list of C2D parts tonight...
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rottenotto View Post
ok- CC- thanks.... I'll giev it some thought. Probly gonna use it as an excuse to order a list of C2D parts tonight...
Its always good to get c2d parts
    
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