reformatting ME on a laptop

By bgrassl_cns ·
I actually do quite well with computers and have formatted my laptop with XP plenty of times, but I have an older Dell Inspiron 4000 with Windows ME and I want to reformat it. I did the preinstalation for XP and ran the setup, but when it came to the point where I needed to create a new partition, I cannot delete the old one because it says it has setup files on that partition that are required and the unpartitioned space is far too small for an OS. I can't use a boot disk because this computer has no floppy disk drive, and I couldn't get it to boot from the XP disk until after i copied some of the setup files. Im in kindof a picke. someone PLEASE help me out it would be greatly appreciated. thank you

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Doesn't make sense. XP CD is bootable and should allow for new install.

by Why Me Worry? In reply to reformatting ME on a lapt ...

You should have the option to **** away your old ME partition formatted as FAT32, which will require you to press the "L" key to confirm the parition deletion, and allow you to create a new XP partition formatted as NTFS. Sounds as if you aren't doing something right in installing XP.

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by Jacky Howe In reply to reformatting ME on a lapt ...

like it is more to do with the partition. I really do not know why these major companies can get away with what they do. You will find that there are 3 partitions on your laptop. 1 for the OS. 1 to boot to recovery and the recovery sector. You have 3 choices. 1. can get access to an external floppy 2. be able to boot from cd 3. remove the drive and conect it to another pc and set up the drive from there. Once you have access to the drive you will have to remove the non Dos partitions and the Dos partiion.

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