Fresh Installs?

Question

I was trying to format my computer but after I get into dos and enter format c: and hit y to format the hard drive it syas its in use by another program.I have closed all programs and it still stops me i tryed to delete most of the stuff off my computer and it stops me from deleting most programs and it wont let me do system restore either that was the first thing i tried.Is their anything I can do to force it to format the hard drive and do a freash install from my windows disc???

Answer

This question was answered on January 20, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

What you may wish to do is to boot up your computer from the windows disc (the BIOS needs to be set to boot from the CD drive before it attempts to boot from the ard drive), once you have set that up and are able to boot from the CDRom using the Windows CD - Setup will begin loading files to begin setup and then ask you where you wish to install Windows? If you have a single hard drive it will display the drive and all the partitions on that drive, you may wish to delete the current partition, create a new partition, format partition, and then install Windows in the new partition.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on January 20, 2004