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    So I got my new hard drive - my expression darkened a little when I realised OEM means no box, no INSTRUCTIONS

    Anyway having availed myself of the joys of Disk Management my new 40gb drive is installed and working beautifully - OK I'll get to the point

    I now want to format my main drive ( C ) and re install Windows XP - I have ( cough ) Windows XP Pro Corporate with SP1 integrated on CD ( where did that come from ? ) - my question is this - if I wipe everything from C drive ( including the current operating system ) how do I access the set up file on the CD ?

    Do I just restart the computer with the CD loaded after I have formatted C ?

    I do apologise for posting what I'm sure are VERY basic questions but I am not really technically minded so I need a little help

    Thanks to all who reply { you mean you're still awake !! }

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    Originally posted by velcrom@18 June 2003 - 22:50
    So I got my new hard drive - my expression darkened a little when I realised OEM means no box, no INSTRUCTIONS

    Anyway having availed myself of the joys of Disk Management my new 40gb drive is installed and working beautifully - OK I'll get to the point

    I now want to format my main drive ( C ) and re install Windows XP - I have ( cough ) Windows XP Pro Corporate with SP1 integrated on CD ( where did that come from ? ) - my question is this - if I wipe everything from C drive ( including the current operating system ) how do I access the set up file on the CD ?

    Do I just restart the computer with the CD loaded after I have formatted C ?

    I do apologise for posting what I'm sure are VERY basic questions but I am not really technically minded so I need a little help

    Thanks to all who reply { you mean you're still awake !! }
    WinXP with sp1 integrated? Where'd you get that? Did some real nice guy post a copy?

    It's a bootable CD. Go into your BIOS and set the computer to boot from CDROM first and HDD second.

    Then put the Windows XP CD in.

    Then reboot.

    Then enjoy yourself installing XP. B)

  3. Software & Hardware   -   #3
    Congrats on your upgrade btw

    Thanks for that

    Go into your BIOS
    Umm Something you do on boot up ? How does one get into ones BIOS ?

    F2 on boot up ? Something like that ?

    I promise to stop asking dumb questions

    Oh and thanks also for those links btw

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    Originally posted by velcrom@18 June 2003 - 23:02
    Congrats on your upgrade btw

    Thanks for that

    Go into your BIOS
    Umm Something you do on boot up ? How does one get into ones BIOS ?

    F2 on boot up ? Something like that ?

    I promise to stop asking dumb questions

    Oh and thanks also for those links btw
    BIOS (Basic Input Output System) is also known as Setup.

    When your PC boots, you'll see a "press the XXX key to enter Setup" option.
    Usually XXX is F1 or Del.

    Go into setup and find the boot sequence option, then do what I said.

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    And you don't have to format your drive before your boot the CD.

    You see, upon bootup the CD will launch and you will then be given choices. You can partition and/or format your drive(s) right from there. Once you finish formatting the Windows setup will launch automatically.

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    Oh yeah - forgot to mention that. Thanks Somebody1234.

  7. Software & Hardware   -   #7
    And you don't have to format your drive before your boot the CD.
    Now that is worth knowing B)

    Thanks - makes the process a lot easier

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