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Reformating c drive and IE 6

By shuttles1 ·
I just tried to reformat my hard drive myself. I have XP Pro. But apparently this type of formating does not totally wipe out the drive. How would you do this? Also, when I begin to reinstall XP is there the option to NOT install IE 6? I use and love firefox and have no use for IE anymore. Any sugguestions would be appreciated.

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by TheChas In reply to Reformating c drive and I ...

How did you attempt to format the drive?

You need to boot from the XP startup disk set or CD and use the tools to format the disk to wipe out your XP installation.

Alternately, you can boot from a startup floppy, run fdisk, and delete the non-DOS partition.

Another option, is to boot from the XP CD, choose a custom installation and when XP prompts you for a drive location choose to delete the partition. Then define a new partition and you will start over fresh.

As to IE, there is no option to not install IE.
IE is deeply integrated into Windows.
You can remove icons and shortcuts, but you cannot remove IE from Windows since Me.

I fully agree that Firefox has many advantages over IE. Even if it were possible to remove IE, I recommend that you keep IE since from time to time you will run across a web site that just does not work in Firefox.


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by statykserver In reply to Reformating c drive and I ...

The best way to start off with a clean harddrive is to repartition it. I have also seen that sometimes doing formats also quick formats sometimes leave some information somewhere hidden. It is annoying so I always repartition the drive before I start a fresh install. You can do this with a windows 98 cd rom or boot disk. Boot to a command prompt and type in fdisk. Then delete all partitions. Read about it here

About installing xp without internet explorer well I'm not really sure if it can or can not be done but I think it is embedded within the os itself. Here is a little something from microsoft that might help you though.
I also use firefox (it is the greatest in my own humble opinion) and I just delete all shortcuts that point to internet explorer and use firefox as the default browser. I haven't come across anything that I absolutely must use internet explorer for yet.

Hope this helps

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by rindi1 In reply to Reformating c drive and I ...

start fdisk from a dos boot floppy and delete all partitions, then reboot. now your disk is clean.

You could also, when you boot your windows xp cd delete your partitions from there and then create new ones. In a normal installation procedure you can't unselect IE. You could probably install without IE if you did some sort of unattended installation of your OS, but that needs a lot of preparation and testdriving, if you have never done it before.

You will need IE anyway, as the windowsupdate doesn't run without it, and I recommend you update frequently. You could create a policy to restrict access to IE for Users who aren't admins. You can also remove its links on the desktop etc. and you can setup Firefox in the Fox's settings to be the default browser.

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by Magetower In reply to Reformating c drive and I ...

If you are running SP1 or better on XP you have the option to uninstall IE through the Windows Components area of the Add/Remove progams. (Now whether that 'really' uninstalls IE...)

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by razz2 In reply to Reformating c drive and I ...

If you are going to reinstall XP anyway then during
setup delete and recreate the partion. It will be gone.
You could just reformat but you sound like you want to
make sure.

If you use a floppy then and drive manufacturer has free
utilities to even write zero's if want. (KillDisk is great

As to the IE...

You do have a use for it. Windows Update. Also many
applications won't install if it is not installed, so they
install it again. Just set the default browser you want
and leave IE. Delete the shortcuts if you need too, but it
isn't that big and won't hurt if you do not use it.


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by razz2 In reply to

Wow, I just read this back and am scared by my lack of
typing skills.

"then and drive manufacturer" should be 'any' not 'and'.

"zero's if want" should be 'if you want'.

That was just sad.

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by Quaint_Data In reply to Reformating c drive and I ...

people should never say cant do that lol..
How to Uninstall Internet Explorer 6
NOTE: Internet Explorer 6 is preinstalled by default in all versions of Windows XP. To provide computer manufacturers greater flexibility in configuring desktop versions of Windows XP, Microsoft has made it possible for OEMs, administrators, and users to remove user access to Internet Explorer while leaving the Internet Explorer code intact and fully functional to ensure the functionality of programs and operating system functions that rely on it. For example, Windows XP supports an "IEAccess=off" switch in the Unattend.txt file, and Internet Explorer has been added to the Add/Remove Windows Components section of the Add/Remove Programs tool in Control Panel.

This next step is a guide tp re-installing IE and Outlook express by changing these it is removed so there would be no need to go any further. But do be careful as some programs may need it.
Use it at your own risk>>
While you are logged on as an administrator, click Start, and then click Run.
2. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
3. Locate the appropriate registry subkey, right-click the IsInstalled (REG_DWORD) value, and then click Modify.

To reinstall only the Internet Explorer 6 browser component on Windows XP, use the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\{89820200-ECBD-11cf-8B85-00AA005B4383}
To reinstall only Outlook Express 6 on Windows XP, use the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\{44BBA840-CC51-11CF-AAFA-00AA00B6015C}
4. Change the value data from 1 to 0, and then click OK.
5. Quit Registry Editor, and then install Internet Explorer 6.

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I just KNEW there was a reason we like Australia!

by Cadillac84 In reply to

That was amazing! I don't want to do any of it, but it is really nice to know there are ways of doing such things.

I suspect a good reason for keeping IE would be for access to WindowsUpdate and it's hard to make a case against keeping Windows updated.

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