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post #11 of 20
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I can't just boot from the older disc because it pops up with an error saying that the version of XP I have installed is newer than the one on the disc.

I am confused as to what you meant above.
Me? You can download a Linux LiveCD or the Ultimate Boot CD I posted a link to and use the tools there to reformat your hard drive.
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Yea, I have the Ubuntu Live CD, I got confused. I will try to fool around as my computer is pretty much beasted OS-wise at the moment.

But if I chose to set the entire drive for Ubuntu, will that automatically get rid of XP?

And I can always add XP later using that partition business, right?
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Yea, I have the Ubuntu Live CD, I got confused. I will try to fool around as my computer is pretty much beasted OS-wise at the moment.

But if I chose to set the entire drive for Ubuntu, will that automatically get rid of XP?

And I can always add XP later using that partition business, right?
Yes. The Ubuntu LiveCD includes an installer, if I recall correctly. Use that to get rid of your current partition and then boot with your Windows SP1 CD
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post #14 of 20
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He just said it isn't letting him boot with the older windows disK.
nowhere in his first post did he say that he could not boot from that disc.

if you turn off the computer with the disc in the drive and turn it back on, before windows [or whatever you have on that thing] loads, it should say "press any key to boot from CD..."

that is booting from the CD

installing windows while in another windows instance is NOT booting from the CD
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post #15 of 20
Darik's Boot and Nuke will OBLITERATE your drive. What it does is basikly re-write the data with 1's and 0's. If you really want to kill your data then do the 7 pass method, it will take about 24 hours.


But if you have got the NSA on your a$$ then do the Peter Gutman Wipe.

it's 35 freaken times. That i bet will take a couple of days. There is nothing better short of torching it then putting a few nails threw the platters.

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post #16 of 20
Put the hdd in a separate pc and reformat it.
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post #17 of 20
I wouldn't suggest installing just Sp1 unless your going to leave it disconnected from the internet until you get Sp2. I don't care how good your firewall is, if your only running SP1, you will get owned by viruses. I can say it without a doubt.
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post #18 of 20
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I wouldn't suggest installing just Sp1 unless your going to leave it disconnected from the internet until you get Sp2. I don't care how good your firewall is, if your only running SP1, you will get owned by viruses. I can say it without a doubt.
He just needs to run a Windows update and it will download SP2, but the problem is that it take a hell of a long time....
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post #19 of 20
It depends on your internet. If you are on anything other than dialup, just go download it and leave it downloading for however long it takes.

If you have dialup, try and download it somewhere else, or have Microsoft ship it to you.

You could also have someone send it to you on a cd in the mail. That would be a little faster than ordering the disc.
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post #20 of 20
Download Ultimateboot CD and download an ISO burner trial and burn it to a disc, configure your BIOS to boot up CD-ROM first and disable the other 2 boot up things (removable and hard drive). Click hard disk tools and theres one on there called "kill" something or other I can't remember but it starts with kill. Just let it run and it wipes your entire hard drive. Reboot go into BIOS enable hard drive and removable booting again and then put what ever disc you need in there.
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