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post #1 of 12
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I finally got tired of my laptop being so sluggish, so Ive decided to reformat it. But Ive never reformatted Windows XP, only Windows 98. Im not exactly sure where to go. I know I boot from the XP CD. But what would it be under? The recovery console?
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post #2 of 12
No
Just boot from the CD. And thats it. LoL
Pretty much.
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post #3 of 12
Yeah, it should give you options for how you want to reinstall. It should be just the same as 98, minus booting from the FDD.
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post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by tweako_420
No
Just boot from the CD. And thats it. LoL
Pretty much.
I did that and coulnd find it in the menu. Stupid Dell OEM version. Oh well looks like Ill have to do a little exploring.
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post #5 of 12
Well.
You have to boot from the CD.
And when it gets to the point of LOADING an OS.
It will ask ...press any buttom to Boot From CDROM
or something like that.
And so you press lets say the any key.
And thats it.
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post #6 of 12
Go into bios so it will boot from the cd drive. Then it will ask you if you would like to reformat the drive.In doing so you will lose all things saved on the drive. It's just like the old 98 but xp will do all the work for you.Thats all I did with my Compaq lappy
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post #7 of 12
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**** it doesnt even want to boot from the CD. I hit F12 and select boot from CD drive and it just boots from the hard drive. Im about ready to rip the damn thing out and run a magnet over it so it cant boot from it.
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post #8 of 12
haha...the magnet thing doesnt work, unless the hard drive cover is off .
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post #9 of 12
when u set it to boot from cd.
make sure that all other boots are set to disabled.
as well as making sure the cd rom drive ur using is the first its set to boot from
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post #10 of 12
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Ok I got it to load from the CD and I have two options. Set up Windows XP or repair using Recovery Console.
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