how to format and install xp

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    bhola123456 New Member

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    :( :( my computer has been infected so i want to format it but i could not as it is in ntfs format.when i try to format it is not possible.so plz help me with this problem.and tell how to install xp on it
     
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    Boot with the xp cd
    select format with NTFS when it shows your partition list.....
     
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    Ramakrishnan The Researcher

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    put cd in the drive
    while restaerting computer, press del key and go to bios.
    change to boot from Cdrom
    save
    xp cd will give you directions. follow them. keep the serials ready
    have a good day
     
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    The Installation

    There are two methods available for installing Windows XP, both requiring the first step of booting your machine. You’re in luck if the box is capable of booting from the CD-ROM drive since the Windows XP CD’s are bootable. No, XP isn’t available on floppies, and even if it was you’d need a two week vacation to do the installation. If the computer doesn’t support booting from the CD, you’ll need a set of Setup Startup Disks, but here is a final caution before you go this route. Most computers that will be happy running XP have the capability to boot from the CD. It’s probably a red flag if you need the startup disks, so take one more look at the minimum and recommended requirements for running Windows XP. If it’s still a go, download the file that will create the disk sets for either the Home Edition or the Professional Edition. Make the disk set, boot the computer and insert the XP CD to begin the installation.

    For boxes that support booting from the CD, the following steps will get you through the clean install of Windows XP.

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    Fire up the computer and insert the XP CD.
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    Watch the monitor for the message that the CD has been auto-detected, followed by the “Press any key to boot CD” message. Don’t fall for the old joke about looking for the “Any” key and just hit the spacebar or any other key that’s convenient within the five second time span the message will be displayed.
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    Files will start to load from the CD to begin the installation. Eventually you’ll be asked if you want to install Windows XP. No need to type an essay here on why you’ve made the decision to do the installation. Just hit Enter.
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    Next is the End User License Agreement or EULA which must be accepted to continue installation. Press F8 to accept, F3 to bail out now. You can read the EULA if you want, but it adds two days to the installation time.
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    The next screen displays the available partitions where XP can be installed. Select the one you want and tap that Enter key again to move on to the screen where you select a file system.
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    It’s time for that important decision. FAT32 versus NTFS. The preferred choice is NTFS. It allows security features and stability that aren’t possible with FAT32. Apply the knowledge you gained during the preparation phase at this point. Make your choice of formatting options and press the F key to start the process. Once the format process completes the installation will continue.
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    If you are installing from a full version Windows XP CD the installation continues without intervention. If you’re using an upgrade version CD this is where Microsoft confirms your eligibility by requesting the media that allows you to use the upgrade version. Insert your media in the drive, let the verification complete and reinsert the XP CD when prompted.
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    Setup continues and eventually the computer will reboot. Watch the onscreen prompts but do not press a key when the “Press any key to boot CD” message appears.
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    Installation will continue, prompting you from time to time to supply some additional setup information. Feed the prompts with appropriate responses and eventually another reboot will occur, this time bringing you back into Windows XP, depositing you at the Windows Activation screen.
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    You can either activate your copy of XP now or delay the activation for up to 30 days and suffer the periodic activation reminders. I suggest you activate now and register at the same time. It’s really painless. In any case, activation is required at some point or after 30 days you’ll be denied access to the desktop. Registration is entirely optional.
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    The last step is to enter a username and watch the XP desktop appear, ready for use.
    Congratulations. You’ve just completed a clean install of Windows XP. Look around, explore, play with the settings and start installing applications and transferring your data backup.
     
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    Probably your installaton cd is the old WinXP(without any Service pac).That version could not install in ntfs partitions. For installation you have to format the partition to FAT32. Boot from your WinXP cd and reach the 'Welcome to Setup' screen. Here you will see "Press R to start the Recovery Console". Go to Recovery Console. It might go directly to DOS prompt or ask for Admin's password. Enter password and you will reach the DOS prompt. Here type the command "map". This will display the drives with letter designations.Now type "x: /fs:fat32" and press "ENTER" (x is installation drive letter and make sure a space comes after it). Now your drive is FAT32 formatted and you will be able to install winXP.

    However in newer WinXP cds(with Servicepack 2) you need not have to do this. It will automatically install irrespective of Fat32/NTFS partitions. Try to collect one.
     
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    other option:
    SEAGATE DiscWizard Starter Edition (DWSE)
    will make bootable disk which will also help in harddisk format and has harddisk utilities.
    or
    Ultimate boot CD
    BOOTABLE cd with trouble shooter
     
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    use XP OS disk and boot form it to install OS. When u will b asked to install on which drive choose drive which u want to convert to NTFS and delete it by pressing "D" and then select unpartioned disk press "C" 2 create new partion then u will b asked to choose type of partition format NTFS quick or slow and here u go follow normal procedure then to install XP and ENJOY
     
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