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Q: Reformatting

Hello again, Respetite.

Kindly follow my instructions and please do no fixing on your own or running of scanners unless requested by a helper.


I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but your system is infected with a polymorphic file infector called Virut. Virut is capable of infecting all the machine's executable files (.exe) and screensaver files (.scr). However, the problem is that the virus has a number of bugs in its code, and as a result, it may missinfect a proportion of executable files and therefore, the files are corrupted beyond repair. As of now, security experts suggest that a clean reformat is the only way to clean the infection and it is the only way to return the machine to its normal working state.

Read here and here

Virut is also a backdoor trojan.

This type of infection allows hackers to remotely control your computer, log keystrokes, steal critical system information, and download and execute files without your knowledge.

If you do any banking or other financial transactions on the PC or if it should contain any other sensitive information, please get to a known clean computer and change all passwords where applicable, and it would be wise to contact those same financial institutions to apprise them of your situation.


You will have to wipe all your drives and reformat.

Backup all your documents and important items (personal data, work documents, etc) only. DO NOT backup any executable files (softwares), screensavers (*.scr), .htm, .html, .iso, .asp, or .php files. It attempts to infect any accessed .exe or .scr files by appending itself to the executable.

Also, try to avoid backing up compressed files (zip/cab/rar) files that have .exe or .scr files inside them. Virut can penetrate and infect .exe files inside compressed files too.

Do not back up to another machine, as it may become compromised. Burn to DVD/CD, or to an external drive which has nothing else on it, and which you can format should it happen to become infected from the backups.

If you need help with a clean reformat and reinstall of Windows, I suggest you seek expert advice in our Windows XP Support Forum

They are more knowledgeable about this procedure and can answer your questions or help you in case something goes wrong.

Remember to immediately install an antivirus program and to then reinstall all the Windows Updates.

These infections are usually picked up from cracksites/warezsites.

This is a good time to set up protection against further attacks. In light of your recent problem, I'm sure you'd like to avoid any future infections. Please read these well written articles:
How Did I Get Infected In The First Place? by TonyKlein
How to Prevent Malware by miekiemoes

Hello, I've been redirected here from the Malware section of the forum in order to reformat my drive given the circumstances mentioned above, if anyone could help me with the correct way of doing so I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks in advance.

A: Reformatting

Have an eyeful here my friend

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Hi guys thanks for reading and helping me out. Ok so, my computer have been BSOD a lot with the "dumping physical memory" so i was wonder if i reformat my computer will it go away.
Secondly, I have a custom computer that my friend built for me it have windows vista enterprise and only have the vista disc, not a recovery disc. So i was wondering can and how do i reformat with just the vista installation disc.

A:Please help on reformatting

1. It would depend on what's causing the BSOD. I could be software, but it could also be a hardware issue. What error is it reporting? There may be some words at the top of the screen separated by an underscore, but there will certainly be some strings down towards. They will start with 0x0000000xx with the xx being numbers and/or letters. Please post what these are.

2. If he installed Enterprise on that system, I doubt that it is a legal version of Windows. If it isn't, then we can't help you. We can help you get it legal though. It will cost the price of the OS.

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my mothers computer is a mess and I am afraid I will have to reformat the hard drive for her. My brother kept the recovery cd and the windows xp, which is what she has now. I have an old copy of win 98 (she can't afford to go buy windows xp) and was going to just install it on the computer, as its an older model (a pentium 1 or 2) and figure it would work better anyway with win98....however I'm concerned that the drivers won't be on the windows cd. Will I have a problem reloading drivers...I'm most concerned about the mouse, and keyboard drivers and that kind of stuff. I'm sure I can figure out how to reformat it, but I'm concerned about messing it up after that. LOL Please, can anyone give me advice on what to do and how to do it? It's freezing up on her, and I can't get the dumb thing to recognise that there is a cable modem (oh and I am going to obviously get THAT to working again too once I reformat it!) and the virus detector won't update. I can't get anything at all to run on it anymore. Suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

A:help reformatting

the mouse and keyboard will definately be recognized, unless she has like some super duper keyboard/mouse combination with flashing lights and an auto aimer for counter strike, you'll be fine there.

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So about a year ago I bought an Acer Aspire M1100 (I think) with some money I got from my job. I didn't like Vista, and I don't know much about computers but my brother's friend said he had a copy of XP that I could have for free. Not knowing it was pirated, I let him put it on my computer. It kept saying that my copy of Windows wasn't verified or whatever, but I just dealt with it because I don't have the money to buy XP.

I've been having problems with my computer. It's been going really slow lately, so I thought I would just reformat it and be on my way. If only it were that simple.

I searched high and low for the discs that I thought had come with my computer when I originally had it, and I can't find them, if I ever had them. That makes it hard to reformat.

Is there any way I can access a hidden partition or something that would reformat my stuff to when I bought it? I'm not really sure if what I'm saying is making sense, but you might get what I need. I just need help reformatting.

Please and Thanks,

A:Help with reformatting?

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In a thread in security flrman1 11-Mar-2005, 06:03 PM #54 "If your computer is 3 yrs old and you haven't reformatted the hard drive and reinstalled XP, you're way past due."
#56 "Typically with XP, it needs to be done after about 1 1/2 to 2 yrs, but there are a lot of variables there and there are those that do manage to go longer."

Could someone please explain this. I was intending to get new computer w/XP but don't like the idea of having to reformat it besides I have never reformatted or reinstalled any of my computers. I am currently running WIN98se & WINME and have never had to reformat (knock wood).

Thanks for your response

A:XP needs reformatting after 1 1/2 yrs?

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I have a lot of junk of my HDD from testing out free spywares, firewalls, converters, games, upgrading adobe products, upgrading other products, etc. Uninstalling them helps, but it almost always leaves behind a bit of data and I would like to just start my HDD over.

I have the Windows 7 install disk, what is the best way to do this?

A:Reformatting HDD?

Try a full clean & full format in command prompt.
Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
Partition or Volume - Delete
Partition or Volume - Create New
Partition - Mark as Active
1) Boot DVD, & Press Shift+F10 (for command prompt)
DISKPART : At PC Startup
2) Boot DVD, & Command Prompt at Startup
(for command prompt)

Type in command line
If you have no partitions on your HD.
SELECT DISK # (HD to cleaned)

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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I am trying to reformat a friend's computer to put W98 on it. He bought it from his employer who sold a store and it has Windows NT on it. I can't get to an MS-DOS prompt because it says the system is "locked by the administrator". Is there a way to clean everything out and bypass this snag? It is labelled "Pro". Many thanks for any suggestions.

A:reformatting from NT to 98

Best guess unless someelse has a better idea

If you can't use a win98 boot disk to start up and run fdisk form there you may need to go to the hard drive manufacturers site and download there low leverl format utility.

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Okay, I did a search but there are just too many results to sort through. I need some help reformatting my computer. I want to start fresh with everything except for some school work, which I can save on floppys.

So I just want to know, what is everything I need to reformat a Dell computer running XP Home edition? I know I need the system disc and thats about it. What do I do with it? Thanks for any input!

A:Some Help Reformatting

Usually a System Disk comes with the Window Installation application and all the drivers it needs. If you have the disk, then you are set to go.

Here is the window installation guide page.

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I was infected a couple weeks ago and have tried numerous things to get this thing figured out. I can't get anywhere though. I really don't want to reformat, so I thought I'd try to give it one last shot. I'm running Windows 7 64 bit.

A couple weeks ago I tried opening IE and Firefox and nothing happened. I ran a virus scan with MSE and it found TROJAN:DOS/Alureon.A.

MSE told me I needed to download their system boot sweeper program. I did that, and it scanned the system and found no issues.

I went back into the regular MSE and ran it, and it still found the trojan.

I downloaded TDSSKiller and renamed it. Tried running it and I just got a windows pop up asking if I trusted the program. I click yes, and nothing happens.

I tried downloading Malware Bytes, and renamed it...same thing - pop up message and then nothing.

The same happened when I tried running rkiller, tsskiller, mgtools, otl.exe, unhide.exe

No files, whether cmd, bat, exe's, files renamed to .com will open. The only exe file I can get to open is going to Program Files and opening iexplorer.exe. I found this out because when I clicked on my IE icon on the desktop it said the path wasn't valid because the file didn't exist. I followed the path located in Program Files x86 and the file did exist. So I checked the regular Program Files, and it opened.
Items I was able to run:

1)Farbar Recovery Scan Tool. I have attached the log.

2) able to run the command sfc /scannow and recieve... Read more

A:Last try before reformatting

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Hi everyone,
I was wondering if there is any harm in reformatting the pc too many times.



In general no,

But the obvious question is why are you wishing to or needing to format a hard drive very regularly.

Do you have a full set of protection programs installed

Anti Virus

What is happening to your system to make you decide to format the hard drive?



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I just bought a computer from work and it has windows nt on it . It is for my son to play learning games on the problem is NT will not allow some of the games to play on it. So I need to reformat the hd and install 98 on it.How do I reformat the Hd. Please give detailed instructions please.

A:Help Reformatting HD

Instructions for removing nt here Remove nt or 2k

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Hello Everyone,
I need some help. I'm running windows 7 and trying to reformat my comp. I press F8 and go to repair my computer and I know it is supposed to bring up other options but it does not. When I click repair my computer just boots up windows. What can be the issue, please help.

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Need a computer genius and I am not one.
Here is story: A fellow upgraded my win 2K pro to XP. He made it dual bootable. It lost that ability after having to be reloaded for some problem. I want to re-format the hard drive (XP) and load my 2kPro on it. Cannot figure any way to reformat.
Help... Please give step by step , I am not a computer guy.
thanks, Joe

A:XP to Win 2K pro - reformatting

Boot the computer with your Win2K CD. Start a new installation of W2K. When it gets to the screen about where to install choose the format option and the installer will format (wiping out XP) and then allow you to continue the installation normally.

If you have a dual boot configuration with the two OS on different partitions, you may need to delete all partitions and recreate them again during the installation. Alternatively, you can format any drive other than the drive that W2K is on from within Windows after the install has completed.

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Okay all here i go again.. I am looking at reformating my computer that has win xp pro put on over win 98 se. Now. where is there a link or instructions on how to reformat with win xp.. do i need a start up disk? etc


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My boyfriend was trying to reformat his dad's computer, and he did just that. But, when he restarted the computer and turned it back on, the icons didn't appear nor did the taskbar, then it would abruptly log him off from windows and bring him directly to the start up menu log in screen. Before I was going to start helping him fix it over the phone, I asked what kind of installation XP disk he was using. He said the same one that he used on his own computer. I told him that I thought you could only use one XP disc/product key, per computer. I'm wondering if this is the problem or if it may be something else. I'm also wondering if there is a way to get back his old operating system or to fix whatever he did. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

A:Reformatting XP help.

Yes- it is only one Micro Soft Operating system per computer. However- that would not cause the problem you are describing.
No- if he re-formated and installed XP, he cannot simply reverse it to get the old Operating System back. He would have to format the drive and then install the operating system that was on there previously with the Disc that came with that computer or BUY a new one.


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I have the original windows CD, put it in, restart, but when I get to the "press any key to boot from CD....." any input from my keyboard does nothing, thus booting my computer and not allowing me to boot from CD. The keyboard works fine before then, because I can press Delete to enter the BIOS, and once my computer boots, the keyboard and mouse work just fine. I tried going into the BIOS and telling it to boot from CD first, yet still it doesn't work.
On previous computers, I had a handy little floppy that would delete all the partitions and then I could install Windows from a clean disk, but my current computer doesn't have a floppy drive, so that isn't an option.
Unfortunatly, all I have is a usb keyboard (recycled all my old hardware last week...not going to do that again), so I can't try it with a ps2. Does anyone know what the problem might be, or know of a way to format my hard disk without a floppy or from the windows CD?

A:Need help reformatting...

Hi Nyatar, Welcome to TSF!

This seems to be your major issue....


Unfortunately, all I have is a usb keyboard

The USB keyboard requires Drivers for it to operate, and if they are not installed, you will not be able to give the computer the necessary commands that it needs to start the instrallation.

Having said that, when you get to the black screen saying "Boot from CD....Press any Key to Boot from CD..., do you allow the command to go to the second line before you "Press any Key to Boot from CD..."?
(There is a possibility that you might be attempting to execute the command too early.)

Please reply with these answers.

Kind Regards,

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Hi everyone,

I'm having a problem I just can't seem to figure out. I've been trying to reformat my HD. Well, everytime I do a format c: it gives me a problemo! I reply "Y" and get the following message:

Format cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Format may run if this volume is dismounted first. It then goes on to ask if I want to force a dismount, which I do.

I then get the message:

Cannot lock the drive. The volume is still in use. Grrrrrrrrr!!!!!

I thought it might have been GoBack, or maybe Norton. As far as I can tell, there are no other processes running that would lock a volume.

So, being the old pre-Windows guy that I am, I thought if I could boot from a disk that would work. Well. I've tried creating W2K boot disk (4 of 'em ). Then I tried the ERD...nope. I tried booting with a Win98se floppy.....nope. Didn't work either.
I am really at the end of my rope here. I've never encountered NOT being able to reformat.

BTW, I have only one partition as far as I can tell, if it helps.

If anyone can help me, it will have to be baby steps as I've never encountered this problem before, but I sure do need the help.



A:Reformatting W2K

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i need to reformat my hard drives, the only thing im wondering about is, once im done with reformatting, will my internet settings still be available? in otherwords, will i need to reset up my router and all those things, or is it safe to just reformat w/o haveing to touch my internet settings at all?


If you reformat you won't have to worry about your router settings. As long as you're not using software like AOL to connect to the internet which requires a user and password you should be fine.

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How can I easily reformat my hard drive?


This should help you

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Okay so my computer has been lagging.
And Running Insanely slow and I just need to figure out how to reformat it.
I have already gone to F2 and F11 when the computer is first starting up there is nothing there that helps me. I've went through all of the system tools and such please some help ill copy and paste off the computer information incase it helps. :)

Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 2.93GHz
Version: x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 1
Speed: 2933 MHz

General Info;
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version: 5.1.2600
Service Pack: 3.0
Location: C:\WINDOWS
PID: 76487-OEM-0080751-82959
Hot Fix: KB970238

If anyone could help me it would be greatly apreciated.
Thank you,
Ciao <3

A:Reformatting. PLEASE HELP.

I'm assuming you have your XP install CD? Can you not boot do your install CD? If you do a fresh install of XP, it'll ask how you want the drive formatted(NTFS) before it starts to copy/install files

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just wondering if there is a way to reformat completely while only keeping certain files? i want to reformat but i have about 13 gigz of music that i dont want to have to either burn or put back on here. is there a way to save it, or could i just transfer it to a second harddrive and then transfer it back?


Yes you could put in a second hard drive as a slave and drag and drop the files from one hard drive to the other When you get to the formatting stage make sure you unplug the second hard drive to protect it in case you mess up.
You could also burn the music to disk, if it were my collection I would do both. Its a good idea to backup a backup because when you format your HDD your music will only be on the slave drive, also what if your power supply fails and takes both HDD's with it.

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Hello everyone.

I would like to reformat my laptop but I have a problem. I have three drives, a d drive, a c drive (my main drive) and an e drive "hp tools." The d drive was originally an hp drive but I cant remember the original name because my friend changed it. But it has a folder in it that says recovery. Anyway, (lol), the only way I can reformat is by "returning the computer to factory settings."

I have nothing to backup my files with... but I was wondering if I could use those extra drives? Or will they be reset also? If I cant do that... then what can I do to backup my files? Can I partition and then reset to factory settings?

Please help,



You should not touch either of those drives and in any case I would expect that they would be much too small for your purposes. An easy way to backup your files would be to an external drive, such as a flash drive connected to a USB port.

You should always have a backup of important files and a backup to the same physical drive is almost useless.

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I want to reformat my XP computer. I don't exactly know how to do this.

Also, my computer has 2 hard drives, and I only want to reformat the C: (system) drive but keep the files on my D: (storage) drive.

Is this possible?

How would I do it?

Any tips?
Thanks ahead of time.

A:Need Reformatting Help

The 100% safest way to make sure you format the right drive is to unplug the other one. Remember, when you format the drive, you lose everything on it. Do you have an XP disc? Make sure you have your XP CD key before formatting ,set your BIOS to boot to the CD Rom drive, insert the XP cd, save settings in the BIOS and exit. Then follow the instructions. Now if you have a computer that didn't come with a Windows disc you'll either have a recovery cd or a partition on your C drive. Post back with your situation

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I need to reformat the entire computer. It's an old laptop that was used for business and therefore has all of these programs on it that I do not want anymore. Things like asking for a username and password at startup. I know you guys may say "boot from the XP CD" but will this erase EVERYTHING? By the way, I do want to erase everything. Thanks.

A:Reformatting Help

If you boot from the XP CD and delete all partitions prior to installing, it will delete everything on your drive.

These are good guides to reinstalling XP . . you might want to print one for reference during the install.

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I'm having a bit of trouble trying to reformat my hard drive.
I have a custom computer that is quite old. I still have all my disks.

I know the problem im having is with the SATA thing too.
I have my floppy disk that came with the motherboard too.

When i boot from disk it will say i dont have a hard drive or its not recognized or something like that.
When i tried hitting f6 to install the stuff off my floppy it just doesnt do anything.
Ill keep trying to go on and it will in the end just tell me that no hard disk is recognized.
But it will sound like it is trying to read off of the floppy.
I also cannot find out how to change it to IDE.

I know this isnt to descriptive but any question you ask me, im sure ill be able to an swer.

Please help?

A:Reformatting Help!

Set the boot order floppy, cd, HD.

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Ive been trying to reformat my computer but everytime i try i get this message:

The type of the file system is NTFS.

Format cannot run because the volume is in use by another
process. Format may run if this volume is dismounted first.
Would you like to force a dismount on this volume? (Y/N)

anyone have any idea what it means and what i need to do so that i can reformat my computer? Im using XP Home Edition

A:Reformatting Help!

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I have been redirected from HereI have been told I have had Trojan.W32.Torpig on my system and that I should reformat.And, I have two questions for now which I am relaying from dad seeing as he is away for the week. Firstly, does reformating wipe partitions of a HD because we have our primary HD partitioned into several other sections. And will it wipe our other hard drive that is still in the computer from when we upgradedSecondly, I how do you go about re-formatting as I've never done this before. Thanks,System Detailing
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Service Pack 2


Hello Formatting and wiping of a drive are two different things. It is debatable if formatting a drive destroys malware, since it does not destroy the data. On the other hand wiping a drive is a destructive proccess. It overwrittes you data making it use, at least by most users. If you are truly concerned about the virus I would recommend using Kill Disk to destroy all data on the drive. I use a drive wiping utility everytime I do a clean install of an OS.Once your drive is wiped you will need to format the drive prior to installing your OS. If you plan on re-installing XP this will be done during the installation proccess.If you want to do a stand alone format prior to installing XP you can get a boot disk at One more thing. Format the drive for NTFS format and not FAT32. It is a much more stable and XP friendly format.

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I have a notebook which is running very slowly. I would like to reformat the disc but I don't know how to. After loading the disc which is Windows XP professional what do I do. I need a step by step process to do so, so if somebody has the time to set this out for me I would really appreciate it. The last time I got this reformatted and reloaded with XP it cost me $250. Thanks in advance.


Reformatting is actually pretty easy - but it is time consuming. First tho, what is the exact make and model of the laptop? This will give us the information needed to find the software and drivers that you need to set it up.

Also, do you have the restore/repair disks that should have come with the laptop? Or, does it have a separate partition with the restore information on it (we can figure this out from the make and model information if necessary).

Once we've got that info, we'll get you going on installing XP, updating XP, installing your hardware drivers, and some free security applications that will keep you safe on the web.

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yesterday my friend tried reformatted his computer, when we tried to boot up windows xp it doesnt run?

we put the disc in the E: drive the d: drive doesnt work so we are using the other one E:

we went into BIOS change teh boot sequence to the E: drive but for some reason the disc doesnt boot, when we type E: dir
the content on the disk appears so we tried "E:setup" but still nothing happens it says unable to run this in Dos mode or something can any one help me figure out how we can install it is teh another way



You have several issues going on there that need answers or fixed.


yesterday my friend tried reformatted his computer, when we tried to boot up windows xp it doesnt run?

Well, did he get it formatted? If so, how did he get it done? Did he try to format to Fat32 or NTFS? Was the drive already partitioned, or did he repartition it? If so, how many partitions? If he formatted it with Fdisk, did he make the partition active? Please give any other details that are appropriate.


drive doesnt work so we are using the other one E:

Why does it not work? Do you have all the ribbon cables and jumpers hooked up correctly? Check with this schematic to see it is properly set up:

The master and slave jumpers must be set up correctly on your drives as displayed on the top of each drive.

DO NOT mix master and slave with CS (cable select) on the same ribbon cable. If one is Master the other MUST be slave. If one is Cable Select the other one on the same ribbon cable must be Cable Select. (Please note that the majority of hard drives are factory default as Cable Select)

Make sure the drive is placed correctly on the ribbon cable as shown below:

H ==Ribbon Cable=== Slave ===Master (end of cable)
R ..................................?? OR ??
O == Ribbon Cable==Cable Select==Cable Select (end of cable)
A ..............................( as... Read more

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I need to reformat my laptop. Any help would be very helpful. Yes I have the Dell CD's that came with my laptop and the WinXP cd. But I just can't remember how to do this w/o calling Tech support. Frankly, I'd like to not go that route, and spend useless time on "HOLD".

Also does anyone know a good program that I can retrieve lost files off an old hard drive that was reformatted by mistake. I have heard of some software out there, but I was wondering what anyone of you recommend.

Thanks in advance.

Peace, Rose

A:Reformatting XP Plus Help

You just need to set your laptop to boot from CD (might already be set up to do this, press a certain key - sometimes it's 'C'- while booting with XP CD in the drive). When XP setup starts, be sure to choose the option to do a fresh or 'new' installation on C partition. Setup should format it for you before proceeding.

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I have a hp compaq dx6100.I tried reformating it with an xp bt after being forced 2 skip files during setup it hangs or even suddenly pops up the blue screen of death.with a cdfs.sys file error message.plz help me

A:Reformatting help

and welcome to the Forum

I moved your post to a separate thread.

Failure to copy files during installation is often a sign of failing memory. click on the link to Memtest in my signature . . let it run on one stick at a time overnite or until it starts reporting errors

How to burn an ISO file:

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I want to reformat my computer because I'm having so many problems right now. The only important files I have on their are my Microsoft Office and Lotus programs. I don't remember where the disks to those programs are. I do have my Windows XP disk though. Can someone please help tell me how to back up my Microsoft and Lotus programs? Should I burn them to a CD-RW? If I do that, how do I put them back on to the hard drive from the CD-RW after I'm done? Thanks in advance.


You won't be able to back up a installed program. Part of the installation was converting the source code to machine language. That and many elements of the source was stored in different folders and in the registry.

Keeping looking for those original CD's along with the product codes each has.

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hmm.. im planning on reformatting my computer and im not sure on something

i have a windows xp s1 cd is that basically all i need for the re-formating process?


Do you have SP2 installed on your computer?

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hi...I have an emachine with an intel celeron processorwhich was originally loaded with windows me. I loaded winxp a couple of moths back and evrything was fine..but now all of a sudden it wont load the says loading your personal settings and goes to the blank screen as if to load and then it comes back saying logging off and stays at the welcome screen....I tried going into set up but cant seem to find anything to reformat hdd...also tried loading in the bootable winme cdand also the winxp cd but it just wont boot from there...I chkd set up and its setup to boot from the cdrom drive first and then the hdd...pls can you help me...thanks


Did your emachine come with a special cd containing setup files? If not, good. Just boot from the CD and you'll be able to reformat during the install.

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I'm going to be selling my current computer to my dad when I get my new one in a couple of weeks. The problem is, he wants me to reformat my computer first. The problem is that I dont recall Dell ever sending me a Window CD despite the fact that he says they always send one. Does anyone know of a way that I can do this, even if it means not having to reinstall windows?


I think your best (easiest) bet here would be to just create a boot disk
(Be it a MS-DOS / Microsoft Boot disk)

You could boot from one of these which then you could run a command such as FORMAT c:

Try and search for "Boot Disk"

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I am having a problem reformatting with XP on one of my computers. I started reformatting fine but 8% into the reformat I get a blue screen saying Windows has stopped the operation to keep from damaging the comp. It says DRIVER_UNLOADED_WITHOUT_CANCELLING_PENDING_OPERATIONS (stop code 0X000000CE). So it makes me restart and I try again. This time after hanging at 8% for awhile it jumps to 50% then finishes then says "Setup was unabel to format the partition. the disk may be damaged." How could this happen? How can I fix this? Do I need a new HD?

This sucks. Someone help please.


Download and burn an image to CD of Digtal Dolly. It does not need and OS to function since it boots to a RedHat Linux GUI. Select the S.MA.R.T. Drive test. This will anylis the hard drive for errors. If you do not find errors I would recommend you do a Quick Drive wipe. This will destroy any malious software that may be left on the drive. MicroSoft Recommendations. While the wipe they are referring to is a format, I believe a true "Wipe" only adds to the security and effectiveness of the installation on a older computer. I have "Quick Wipe" every fresh install since 2002.Just my thoghts.

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I have an HP laptop that I am reformatting, I have done this in the past, but i forget how to get the reformat started. If i remember correctly, there's a disk i have to put in the C: drive and then restart my computer with the disk inserted. Is this correct? And if so, does anyone know what disk it is?


Boot from the Floppy Resue disk. You can download one from . Type in format C:\ /u at the A:\ prompt.When it finishes you are ready to install.

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I'm wanting to Reformat My Hard Drive..and start New..but am not sure on how to do so. I'm using Windows 98 SE..Any info would be great...thanks

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Alright I know how to reformat with the bootup disk...but right now I have no access to a floppy drive so im unable to create a boot up running windows xp home edition and I need to know if its possible how to reformat without a bootup disk..and if so how would I be able to do it..thanks

A:Need Help Reformatting

I'm almost sure this will work for you.
I've got a triple boot system (win98se and winxp on one hd and winxp from my 2nd hd. I've been able to format and install windowsXP on either hd this way.

Insert your WinXP cdrom and when it starts-up, select install WinXp. Then select new installation.

The system will then reboot after loading installation files. You'll then be given an option of either a fresh copy or repairing an existing installation. Select "fresh copy" and you'll then be able to select the drive/partition that you want to reformat and load windows on.

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is it true that when you reformat and reinstall the operating system in a computer, that each time you reformat the computer that you actually clean the hard drive even more, so therefor when you reformat a computer it is better to do it several times in a row to clean the hard drive more?


No, not really. Formatting does not "clean" the computer. All the files can still be retrieved with recovery software. Formatting just prepares the drive for the file system so that the files can be found on the drive. It sort of "draws the invisible lines" that separate the drive into sections. Formatting it once does exactly the same thing as formatting it 100 times.

Formatting is not the same as erasing.

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I'm building a new computer and I gonna use my old hard drive. I have two partitions on that hard drive: one for the OS, and one for my backup stuff. i was wondering if i can only reformat the partition with the OS and not reformat my backup. Any help is appreciated, thx!!


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This will be the first time we have reformatted in about 5 years or longer.

What are some of the best free down-loadable security programs.
Or must have maintenance programs.

I also want a program that keeps my homepage on either my Mozilla Firefox and or Internet Explorer from being altered from what I want it.

And anything else you could suggest that I might have not thought about

I use:
AVG (I have the paid version AVG internet securities),
I learned about SuperAntiSpyware today so I will download that once we reformat
Thanks so much for your time.

A:We are reformatting I need help.

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I am a new member and not very good with computers, my question is can i reformat my computer without using the F10 key, i have an Iqon computer and when i press F10 on restart, it says LDR is missing, use cont alt del to restart. i hope someone can help me as it needs to be reformatted.



it actually says NTLDR is missing, Doh, can someone help please!!

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I need to reformat my laptop. I have some internal error that keeps causing my laptop to mess up. I kept reformatting using the quick process because I dont have time to wait. I was talking to aa friend and he said I have to use the long process, it will erase all internal errors were as the quick way sometimes doesnt. But the problem is that it takes 12 hours just to get 20% reformatted using the long way...I cant wait 2 and a half days to reformat. Is there a quicker way to reformat? Some free program that will erase everything from my computer, bring it down to its basic form, erase all erros and all I have to do is put in the XP install CD and it will work again? I cant wait 2 and a half days to reformat lol so I need to find some way to fix this POS lol.



Hello and welcome to TSF

Something is seriously wrong , it should never take 12 hours or more to format a drive. Maybe the reason your having issues is that your hard drive is bad.
Before doing anything else, Find the manufacturer of your hard drive and run their Hard Drive Diagnostics Utility.

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I'm having software issues and I want to reformat my PC. It's a HP Pavilion DV7 Laptop
that I bought from Best Buy. I need the product key and I'm not 100% that the key under the laptop is the correct key I need to use. Can anyone confirm for me?
If not can someone tell me how to get the key.
Thanks! - Josh.


Welcome to the Forum

I think jelly bean is the best
Key Finder Programs - Top 13 Free Product Key Finder Programs - Keyfinder Software

Try others if Jelly Bean does not work.

When you reactivate one of the keys will work.

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Hello, I recently reformatted my computer! Finally things are pulling through...

but now how would I install my drivers? Would I just update them through the internet? I have a disk of all of them from a previous formatting when I first got the computer...but i dont know if i should have put that in during the reformatting, would i just put the disk in now?

and also, Im having troubles connecting to the internet, it says I can run internet explorer but when i plug in my ethernet cord it still says no connection, what do i do?

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Hi Jupps,

you could reinstall all your drivers by using your original discs but it's very likely that quite a few have new versions available which address various issues and enhance the stability of your hardware, so it may be worth checking for new versions.

As for your network problem...that may well be driver related. Is your LAN connection present in your Network Connections folder?

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My 2nd computer cannot log online right now, even though the DSL is showing connection. I need to reformat.. but am having trouble doing so. I have an XP cd, when i put it in, it doesnt load when im in windows. Is there any other way to format?

A:Help Reformatting

This is a good guide for installing XP . . you might want to print it for reference during the install. You will loose all data on the drive, so be sure you have data backed up. ( The files and settings Transfer wizard is good at this)

The key is to have a finger on the keyboard when you boot with the XP disc in the CD . . you will briefly get a black screen with the prompt :Strike any key to boot from CD.

It can go by pretty quickly

Have fun . . wrs

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i wish to reformat/reinstall windows, so i change by primary boot device to CD-ROM in bios and start up the computer. I place my windows xp CD in the compueter and boot from the CD-ROM, but then it says it couldnt boot from CD-ROM because of a "memory overflow error." is there any other way i can reformat? any help is appreciated.



Heres an article by Microsoft, this should help you solve the problem.;en-us;145799

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I have a PC that I do not know the login or password. I need to reformat and start from scratch. How do I go about doing this?

I have a windows xp bootable cd.

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Anybody have any ideas?

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I have 2 PCs which currently run XP Pro Sp3 and I am about really to reformat them and do a few hardware swaps (from PC to PC, sadly no upgrades).

Before I get started pulling things apart and hanging out in front of the computer for hours while I install and update, I would like to get some info on configuration, setup, etc.

My main question: When setting up Drives, is it better to have your most used programs on the C: drive, or elsewhere?

Both PCs, have 2 HDD, 120g 7200rpm models. I usually set up the PC w/ a 20g C: drive on the 1st HDD, then put a 5-10g SWAP partition on the 2nd drive. I then partition the remaining 100g of the 1st drive as my Documents drive. I usually end up leaving the remaining space on the 2nd drive unformatted or partitioned, but empty. I could of course make a programs partition and put it on the 2nd drive.

Both of these PCs are 4+ years old, 1.6-2.6ghz AMD area and I'm trying to stretch their lives out until more favorable financial times permit their replacement. Please give me any suggestions, criticisms, crazy ideas, or whatever.

P.S. I often configure the faster of the 2 PCs using BlackViper's website, trying to get as much performance as I can, as I use it for Gaming, Music, and watch Movies.

Thank you very much, look forward to your replies and posting more :)

A:Reformatting an old PC w/ XP Pro

Hello - Your question can only be answered by people's opinions.

My opinion, is to partition the C: drive with as much space as needed for the progs/apps/games. Some games, especially online multiplayer, will save huge maps within the Program Files\Gamename\... folder. Counter strike source used to take up about 15Gb just in that one folder.

So, if your into playing games, then you'll need a half decent amount on the C drive. So I'd suggest 50Gb-60Gb. Leaving at least 60Gb + the other 120Gb drive for saving stuff like documents or whatever.

You may already know, that it is beneficial to save your important documents on a different drive than C: just in case Windows needs to be reinstalled. That way, the Windows reinstallation won't touch your second partition and just reinstall over C: leaving your saved documents alone.

Don't forget to look into how you can optimize the old machines in XP. With some simple optimizations you can increase the speed significantly without upgrading any parts.

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I just reformatted my pc and that went without a problem, i am running on xp and the package installed is service package 2, i am unable to connect to the internet on it. I have a wireless dongle which works fine as i was using it before i formated yet i lost the disk for it so i am unable to install the software. I dl the software onto another pc and transferred it to a memory stick in an attempt to get it to work, the wizard could not find the software on my memory stick yet it was compressed i then decompressed it and put it into my documents yet it still could not find it. Because of this i ran hte setup through the folder of the software. This all appears and works yet i still cant get the dongle working. Help would be greatly appreciated

A:Need help after reformatting pc

You should've saved and burned all the device drivers for that computer to a CD-R before you did a hard drive format and clean reinstall of Windows XP SP2.

You also should've saved and burned the full 316 MB SP3 upgrade to a CD-R so you could install it afterwards.


What's the brand name and model name and model number of that computer?

What's the names of the entries in the Device Manager that have a yellow ? or ! next to them?


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I NEED TO REFORMAT (sorry) my ispiron 1505. running vp media edition. no matter what f key i tap i cant find the blue window setup screene. please help before it flies out the door

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To reformat a drive that has no operating system you could in Windows explorer right click on the drive and then select Format. If the drive has an operating system it is recommended to use the operating system install disk instead. Only an install disk can be used to do that no restore disks. You will be able to install a new copy of an os from the install disk after the reformat of a drive with an operating system.

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I need to know how to reformat a laptop computer. I have the restore disks that came with computer but I do not know how to use them. Please help steve


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Was wondering on how to do it, like how to bring up the ms-dos prompt and what to type in. I am on windows xp (updated from windoes 98se) and have the windows 98 SE for PC's without windows cd to install after i refomat


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im in need of instructions on how to reformat a HD without a cd. im running a hp pavilion from 2001 and my comp came with XP preinstalled when i got it so if you can tell me how to do this it would be greatly appericated

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Anyone have any tips for reformatting my laptop? I've got a legit copy of XP Pro SP1 so that shouldn't be a problem. Lately things have just been running slow on the computer and IEXPLORER.exe has been crashing at restart/shutdown. I've had some nasty spyware problems etc etc, I just think its that time. I'll be able to back up my mp3's, videos, favorites, and pictures as I am on a network and I can have my friend put them on his computer until I get them back. Is there anyhting else I should have backed up? Also, I am running Norton Sys Works 04 and I'd like for my password manager to be backed up. Is that possible? Will I be able to reinstall Sys Works with the same disc that I used the first time I installed it?

Overall, any thoughts before I do this?


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I have a question. Will reformatting remove all viruses, spyware and popups? My laptop is so infested that I can't download anything, I would rather just reformat if that will get rid of everything.




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I have a DELL Dimension E310, and it is just full of junk.
I would like to know how to reformat my PC, so that i can start over from scratch.
The problem is that when i bought it online, it came with no CDs, so i have no idea how to do it. I looked over at the "system tools", but the only option that was even remotely close to reformatting was the "System restore" option.

So can anyone tell me how to reformat my PC, w/out CDs?
Thank you.

A:I really need help reformatting my PC

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I hope someone can help.
My machine was crashing a lot and the internet would not work at all. it seems the virus/trojan/spyware was not detcted by Kaspersky Internet security 2009.
I therefore decided to reformat the hard drive (500 Gb, partitioned into 150gb and 315gb) and the re-install XP pro.
I carried out a format as per Western digital instructions and then when I booted from the XP CD-Rom I got the message:-

Boot Sector Write ! Virus: continue y/n ?

I diasbled the BIOS virus detection and rebooted same message again
I then carried on by choosing "y".
I did a fix MBR
and then proceeded to install XP.
I re-enabled the BIOS virus detection.

If I try to clean boot the PC, I now get the following message:-
System Configuration
An access Denied error was returned while attempting to change a service. You may need to log on using an Administrator account to make the specified changes.

There is only one User account - Anyone
However, the following show up during Belarc Advisor Current Profile

local user accounts

local system accounts

Operating System: Windows XP Pro SP3
Anti-Virus: Kaspersky Internet Security 2009
Ad-Aware SE Plus


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Alright so my Dell computer completely crashed, too many viruses and not enough space. I got frustrated and removed my old, 30gb hard drive and purchased an 80gb one from Best Buy. I brought the old hard drive along and asked for assistance on which hard drive would work fine with my computer and the guy showed me. Now, I cleaned out my computer box and put in the new hard drive and popped in a windows xp installation cd. problem is, it either freezes during installation or keeps restarting the computer. what do i do? any help is greatly appreciated,


Is the new drive recognized in the BIOS, after restarting press either the F2 or the Delete key to get to system settings. Also while in the BIOS check to make sure your computer is set to boot from the cd drive, it will be under something like Boot or Boot Options.

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Okay, i have posted thios at heaps of forums and they wont give me any useful info. So now its your turn

I have windows xp cd. But it will not boot up. The bios is correct, and the cd is in there etc. It says press any key to boot, and i do. It detects some stuff then restarts and loads into my desktop! Doesnt do anything. I have tried another version of windows xp pro. Same thing.

I want to reformat, i need to reformat. This dialer is costing me money. And its slower than a snail with a hammer tied to its leg trying to walk 100 meters

Can someone please help? Someone mentioned but i dont know what to do with this stuff or what to get?

Detailed, step by step info will be very much appreciated. Remember, i cant boot with my CD so i need another way to reformat.

A:Please!!! Help!!! Reformatting XP!!

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This 12.7G Quantum Bigfoot HD shows up with two drive letters in 'My Computer'! This may be a stupid question but how do I get this to be recognized as one drive and be same as if if were out of the box? My Computer see this one drive a ENTFS) & FFAT32)! 'Device Manager' see it as the one drive!

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I have a computer that is displaying an error "Invalid boot device" and mentions possible reasons for the error. I cannot get anywhere else on the machine. I don't know much about these kinds of issues and was wondering if anyone could give me some specifics on how to get it back up and running. It is a Win2K Advanced Server machine.


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Hello- I have a toshiba 5105 s701 xp-to xp-pro, that I just inherited from my boss. It was riddled with so many viruses and spy crap that I havent been able to clean it sufficiently, (I have some pretty good tools too I thought), so I am wiping the dratted thing. No problem right? He didnt keep the restore disk so I am re-re-installing xp pro. Our CD is the corp.ed. and works well. I re-installed, but then still had a bunch of old folders and programs from before that I'm sure have bad dll's left from the viruses. I read, (in various forums) that I should use the option "D" to "delete the partition" to get a clean installation. Well, Windows Setup promptly complains at this choice because, "the partition contains setup files..."... blah blah blah. One forum guy said, "Why would you delete the one partition you have, where will xp be installed to?"
Now what? If anyone really knows what do to then, I'm listening. One thing I have learned is, to be careful who you listen too in help forums you know? Ha-ha.
Thanks in advance everyone.

<Ok stupid brain, listen up!>

A:any help on reformatting xp pro?

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I have been handed down a DELL Latitude laptop. It's hard drive is full. I want to reformat it. I have reformatted two desktops before. I could easily get the model and the number of the hard drive on a desktop to download the reformatting software, but I don't know where the hard drive would be on a laptop, and how I would get to it. Can somebody help me?


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Can someone please help me I have just reformatted one of my computers but now it will not find my ethernet connection which means it will not network with other computer what can I do


LOL. Good one!

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hey there, I recently did case transfer from my old pc to a new case. And I add new parts to the new case, like motherboard, cpu, video card, DDR2 Ram, etc. And the people that did it for me told me I had to reformat my computer because I have new parts like motherboard etc. When I got my pc back I go home power it and and the computer is loading then I see a black screen saying:

We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this.

If your computer stopped responding, restarted unexpectedly, or was automatically shut down to protect your files and folders, choose Last Known Good Configuration to revert to the most recent settings that worked.

If a previous startup attempt was interrupted due to a power failure or because the Power or Reset button was pressed, or if you aren't sure what caused the problem, choose Start Windows Normally.

Safe Mode

Safe Mode with Networking

Safe Mode with Command Prompt

Last Known Good Configuration(your most recent settings that worked)

Start Windows Normally

First I tried Start Windows Normally but it doesnt work it restart and goes back to the black screen, then I tried safe mode and every choices it doesnt go in to windows desktop it reload and start at the black screen again. And I go into the system setup and go to boot and change first boot device to cdrom drive, usually when I format my pc I just put in the windows xp cd, then ... Read more

A:Reformatting PC

Your PC may be detecting too many hardware changes, The SAM files (they check with a file called Wpa.dbl) and may think that you have either tampered with the system or its an installation of XP that is not on your system, so its trying to match the hardware with the files that you had when Windows was first installed and activated.

Reinstalling XP over the top should fix this. You wont loose any of your files, unless they were stored in the Windows Directory.

Additional Info...

Multiple hardware upgrades may require you to reactivate Windows. The activation software is designed to prevent attempts to "clone" an activated copy of Windows and install it on another computer. If you replace or upgrade four or more components from a list of 10 components on your computer in a period of 120 days or less, the activation mechanism may mistakenly assume that you’ve installed the operating system on a new computer. In that case, you’ll be required to call the WPA clearinghouse and get a new activation code. The list of components included in the hardware "fingerprint" includes your video card, primary hard disk, disk controller, CD-ROM drive, network adapter, CPU, and RAM. It does not include Zip drives, digital cameras, or similar peripheral devices.

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I just reformatted my WIN XP Pro today. I have two HD, one (c:) which the OS is on and the other (x:) which I moved all my data to before I reformatted. I booted into safe mode and gave access to myself and the admin account to access x:, however I still get an access denied message when I try to open the folders in the drive. It also states that all folders are empty but the properties state that it has 149 GB of used on it. I am damn confused and worried I might have lost my data. Thanks for the help.


I am assuming you are having trouble accessing the "data" drive? After installing XP, you should be able to simply browse to the "data" drive and see your files. You shouldn't need Safe Mode or provide special access. You didn't have the files/folders encrypted within your old XP install did you?

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I can't reformat with the command prompt. It says i need to dismount it first. And it won't let me do that.

please give me other options

A:I need help reformatting

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My system, especially web browsing is inconsistent. I have posted here multiple times from my work laptop as I can not seem to post here. Same problem or ridiculously slow activity on a couple other sites. If anyone can take a look at this log and find something great. If not, I fear it is time to wipe and reload all.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 2:25:20 AM, on 9/24/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft IntelliPoint\ipoint.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Pure Networks Shared\Platform\nmctxth.exe
C:\Program Files\A4Tech\Mouse\Amoumain.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\A4Tech\Keyboard\Ikeymain.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
C:\Program Files\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 3\AWC.exe
C:\Program Files\Software Informer\softinfo.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft IntelliPoint\dpupdchk.exe
C:\Program Files\USBKVM Switcher\USBKVM.exe
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I have an hp pavilion laptop and I have approx 27 trojans on my computer. I have avg and it scans everyday. I also have malware that I run a scan every few weeks. I have been told to reformat but have no idea how too. I tried to call hp and they told me it would cost me. I dont have the money to purchase anything or pay to get help does anyone have any advice that may help me? Tried to do a system restore but it would only allow me to go back to 10 pm last night. These obviously were on here before than. I am very frustrated and just want this fixed. I need this for school and cant afford to buy another one. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks


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I know I shouldn't hi-jack threads, but I want to format my HDD and get rid of XP and start fresh. But I'm not too sure how to go about. Any help?

I was going to make a new thread but since this is right at the top I dunno what would be more stoopid, sorry :|

A:Help reformatting


I have split your post off into your own thread. In the future if you have a Question/Problem please start a "New Thread". It get's too confusing trying to address two different people's problem in the same thread and you may get overlooked.

Please continue in this thread.

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there's too much useless things on here that would take me hours to delete ...anyone know any websites where i can get help with back up, and reformatting xp ?

A:reformatting xp


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my computer came with WinME and I recently installed WinXP Home Edition. Whenever I had ME on there and I wanted to reformat I just stuck in the restore cd that came with the computer and I rebooted and it went to the screen that took me step through step through the process. Now (having XP on there) when I put the cd in and reboot it just loads up XP again as usual like the cd isn't even in there. How do I make it read the cd on boot or whatever?

A:reformatting help!

Go into bios 'advanced settings' (I think, I haven't been there for a while), and set 1st boot device to cdrom (use pgUp/PgDn).

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I tried reformatting my computer following this linkWindows 7 Ultimate reinstall with format

using the "Reinstallation DVD Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit" disc that I have. I followed the steps and completed all the reinstallation although some of the steps on that link did not come up for me. When the hard drive set up came up next It showed 2 disk partitions then under those were the C drive and D drive, both showing the space that was used up on them before I began to reformat. I followed the instructions to select the drive which Windows currently resides on, which is C. When I clicked on C there was no "Drive Options (advanced)" option to click on like shown in that step on the link.

I followed through with the re-installation and waited through the steps. When I got to the account set up, I entered the fields and clicked next but there was no "Type your Product Key for Activation" step as shown in the link. I continued on and entered the date and time, and instead of bringing up the network options window it went straight to the home screen where I was able to log onto my account. still shows my C: drive with only 131 GB of free space out of 456 and my D drive with 387 GB of free space out of 931. There's now a Recovery (F:) drive with 4.22 GB of free space out of 9.61.

Before attemtping to reformat, I backed everything that I wanted to keep on external hard drives. My intention was to reformat my computer so I can... Read more

A:Need Help Reformatting

is your dell installation disk for that specific computer? You can always use dban to format the drive first.

Darik's Boot And Nuke | Hard Drive Disk Wipe and Data Clearing

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i have a dell computer and while it was doing an automatic udates it got stuck. it keeps saying udating 3 of 3 and then reboots. I have been told that this is a corupting file with windows. how can i reformat my computer with no disk. any help will be greatly appreciated.


Hi. . .

Invoke the recovery partition - usually via F10 during boot-up. However, it may be F11 or ctrl-F11. heck your owners manual.

Regards. . .



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I want to re-do my computer. I believe by reformatting, I will erase everything including the os. I have xp on a compaq. now, I have the option to re-do it at start-up by pressing F11. Will that go away if I reformat or install another os?

A:What is reformatting exactly? and help with it?

Try this article it explains it better than I can:

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I have recently decided to reformat my computer, as its getting old and slow. iv saved everything i need onto this (my other) computer, I was following a guide a friend wrote out for me. I started by inserting my Windows XP disc, and restarting, going into the bios menu, and changing my

First boot device from - SATA : 3m hitachi <numbers> to CD/DVD : PM-ATAPI D <numbers>

I was then told to remove my SATA from the whole list, so only my CD drive would be running, Then i restarted. I was told that it should come up with:

Press any key to boot from CD.

But i dont get that, i get:

Reboot and select proper boot device or insert bot media in selected boot device and press enter.

if anyone could help that would be great. I know most of what my things are like my motherboard and stuff so if you need them just ask.

Many thanks


A:Reformatting help

And who told you this?

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uhmmm my pC is Hp pavillion and i nid to reformat

my PC have a auto reformat which its being put back to its

original state when u bought it i did it once because my PC have crash

now i got a virus trojan and i removed it but my PC is slow now

the problem is i forgot how to do it the auto reformat XD thingy

nid help guyz ^^

A:Nid Help Reformatting

Usually on an HP computer you tap on the F11 key during boot up to access the restore utility.

Hope this helps.

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hey guys, i actually came across your site by accident but have become rather addicted to 'endulging' in it. I havn't reformatted my PC since i first bought it which was around 3-4 years ago. I would like to reformat it as i only use the same 2 programmes at the moment and the rest of the space is redundant and probably will be for a very long time, ontop of that its performance has drastically withered. The problems i face is that:

A) i do not have a windows disc, so i am concerned that i will not be able to install windows again,
B) I'm not sure of any major consequences of reformatting and
C) I dont actually know how to reformat it

I am hoping that someone out there can give me some insight so that i can enjoy my PC once again, much love -x-

hehe just realised that i typed "reboot" i actually meant 're-format' (its been a long few days)

A:Reformatting the PC

If you format it you will not have an OS.
Without an OS disc you will not be able to reinstall your current OS.
Read how to speed up windows in the guides section.

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hi there , looking for any expertise out there on how to reformat my computer .........also i want to transfer files to my other pc wich is set up on a wireless network , any help would be greatly appreciated!

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hey there, my friend from work who knows nothing about computers gave me his computer (I know a few things) to clean up because it was performing extremely slow. I did basic things such as defragmenting and disk clean up. still runs slow so I recommended a reformatting of vista. He has a Sony Vaio lap top. Is reformatting the hard drive and reformatting vista the same thing? Also he doesnt have a copy of the vista install cd so how can i do it?


Take your time and try not to do anything drastic e.g. reformatting will remove OS + applications + data and you will have to reload OS, reinstall applications and recover data from backup!
Couple of things to consider:
(a) you need to provide some detail about the laptop e.g. RAM, HDD size, space on HDD.
(b) check Task Manager to see what is taking up resources - ? Don't forget to hit the box at the bottom of the Processes tab that says "Show processes from all users".
(c) check what security programs are running and make sure there are just the minimum needed.
(d) when you ran Disc Cleanup did you delete all but the last System Restore point?
(e) does he have any Sony Restore discs OR a recovery partition?
(f) does laptop have all windows service packs for Vista and updates installed?

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I just reformatted my pc. I Partitioned my hard Drive, Drive C and drive D. when i start up my pc i get a black screen that makes me pick what OS to i thinmk the problem is, when i reformatted and partitioned the Hard Drive Windows XP installed to both partitions...Is it posible to take all my program files from drive D and put them to drive C and then just right click Drive D and click format..will that work? i am a newb with computer need help

A:Need Help after reformatting

Well to get your programs from Drive D to C, you will most likely need to reinstall them, because they are run from the registry. And simply moving the files will not change the registry values and therefore they will not work. So just look around for your install files/discs and install them to the C drive, then format your D.

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I know I know there are a ton of threads and trust me I've read most of them about reformatting and I can't seem to find My specific solution so here it goes.
My problem is my laptop.
Long story short after having my laptop returned from service I found my Bios messed with where when I would start my computer but Bios wouldn't find my hard drive or an OS.
I found that my system was set to RAID instead of ATA.
After resetting it back to ATA it boots up fine. However I wanted to reformat and start clean.
I placed my XP disk in, reset my BIOS to read my optical drive first and no problems.
However every time I get to partition drive all I see is "Unknown Device"
If I press any key I get a blue screen of death. Most times it's the 0X0000008E.
I have tried going into Recovery mode and manually typing Format C:\ however it says it one of two things either "The parameter is not valid" or "Cannot format network drive" or something like that.
I tried upgrading since it was Windows Home Edition and I have XP Professional however I received another blue screen of death at the same place when trying to partition the drives and now when ever I boot up Windows gives me the option of either booting up to Windows Home or continuing my botched installation of XP Professional!
I do not have a floppy drive for my laptop. The drivers and utilities that came with the laptop are on CD. I have tried pressing F6 to see if maybe RAID needs to be i... Read more


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I'm new here so I'm not sure if I'm posting in the right place, but anyway...a few weeks ago I tried reformatting my computer because the program stopped functioning. However, I had to cancel in the middle of the setup. Therefore, every time I try to reformat the computer, an error message comes up saying that there's a fatal error and that the computer will reboot. How can I start my rebooting from scratch? Is there a way to get rid of this fatal error? Thank you so much for reading!

A:Reformatting XP Pro

If you had to cancel a format its entirely possible its just created a bad sector. Take alook at your HD, see what brand it is. Then go to that companies site, seagate maxtor or whatever. There you will be able to download tools, usualy in the form of a floppy disk or bootable cd image.

burn and boot from this disk, then use the option to perform either a 0 fill drive, or a low level format. That will completly wipe the disk clean, back to factory shipped. The tools usually have a option to perform checks on the drive, i would suggest doing this after the low lvl format, just to double check that the drive is ok.

After this, try installing win as usual, will need to repartition the drive and format, FULL format. That SHOULD work, let me know though

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i'm having some trouble with my computer and i need to reformat and i'm a having some trouble could anyone help me by any chance?

any help would be greatly apperciated


Some info would help such as the Specs of your Pc, the OS you are using and what the problem is, you may not need to Reformat but i cant say anymore without info.

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how come when i reformat, if i do a full format NTFS i get an error at 100% saying the disk may be damaged..butu when i do a quick format, it works fine..?


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Here is my delima:
I have a Compac pc that had win 98. I installed winxp on it. I now need to clean it out as the hard drive is almost full. All the original programs, etc that are on it are not in the add/remove programs so I can't uninstall them from there. I need to know the best way to clean this machine up.Thanks!

A:Need help reformatting maybe?

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I recently bought a computer from someone that has the software SiteKiosk on it and I am having trouble trying to remove it and reformat the computer.

I cannot run from disk, nor enter BIOS or Command Prompt because of this software. Everything either doesn't work, or requires an admin password which I did not get when I bought the computer.

I know there has to be a way to reformat, but it is not within my knowledge. I have searched google and other forums to no avail.

If I can just find out how to boot from disk, or any software or ANYTHING to remove this SiteKiosk ****, I would really appreciate it.

Thank you for your time.

A:Need help reformatting

Have you visited the site that makes Site Kiosk?

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With a system with a lot of problems (XP), is it better to reformat and load XP as a new installation or would it be better to just reload XP over the existing version in there?


With the mention of "a lot of problems", my personal suggestion would be a format prior to the re-installation of the OS. Sometimes there is something to be said for a 'clean slate'.

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Does it remove all the programs on a computer? What about viruses and stuff like that? Just asking to know what I am reading here about when someone says reformatting.

A:What does reformatting do?

Hi, Yes, technically the data is still there, just marked as to be overwritten....and, when you reinstall all the programs, and Windows, it starts the overwriting process.

Formatting just prepares the hard disk for reinstalling a fresh copy of Windows and all your other stuff.

All your data, files, programs etc are not going to be appears as an empty drive.

If you had one big partition, that's the hard disk space and how it's may want to consider making a second partition, to save downloads, backup things's fairly simple.

Then, you have two separate partitions of the hard drive, and you can install Windows and programs on one, use the second to keep important things....or, you can install programs on the second, in most cases.

Here is a good link about the whole process:

Note, that there are more than just one type of Windows XP.....or Vista, if you have there are specific things you have to know about the process, and what type you are using....

If you have a branded computer, like a Dell, HP etc you may have Recovery disks that put the machine back to original way it was when you got it....some, do the recovery from a hidden partition on the hard drive.

Can you post some details? If you dont know them, we can help you find out.

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