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formating/windows install issue?

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first of sorry if this is a dumb thread...

well finally got my new pc working,i installed xp about 2 days ago worked a treat,went away to to my brother and his girlfriend up north for a couple of days.
Got back and turned the pc on to install the modem drivers (which my brother had) and it came up with a windows could not load bla bla bla...windows/system32/config error....thats not exact but i know what the problem is its a registry error.

Now i've tried to recovery it,but it hangs there when i select the windows to be recovered,and i've tried to just install windows a fresh but it hangs while it searchs for pervious microsoft os installs,i left it for around 20minutes while trying each option,i'm at a lose as to what to do/try,so any help would be greatly appreciated...

only idea i ahd was just to clear the drive of the pervious windows install but have no idea how to without hooking it up to a pc, and my current pc im on as i type this is only ide

(if this is the wrong section,sorry but was ensure as i really want to just wipe the drive,thanks)
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Try just using the basics when reformatting. Use one stick of ram and only connect the hardware essentials. Otherwise make sure you have all power cables secure and if using a IDE HDD check the jumper settings.
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don't mean to sound an idiot (well i am one but..) how would taking it down to just bearly minium hardware affect xp install?

and is it possible to format the drive with an os? as i haven't a clue how
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post #4 of 4
Minumum hardware setups means that Windows spends less time letting you know it found another device which means more time to set up your WXP programs and other needed programs like Anti-Virus etc. It will make your job easier especially considering you stated you are somewhat less experienced with such tasks.

Get your Windows manual out and read some concerning installations of OS's it will help you to insure that you make a clean install and give you confidence.

The biggest thing you could do is go to Western Digital .com and download there software for your 250gig HDD. They have several formats to obtain such as (Data Lifguard) for XP and DOS because you may need the dos version during the installation process and the other that comes to minfd is (Smart Drive WD) which will let you check your drives specifications and help troubleshoot GET THESE 2 WD PROGRAMS

Let me know how your doing and if there is another PC in your house get it and set it up so you can get help if you need it

Good Luck Oknilp.
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