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Win XP Reinstallation

By erlejo ·
I need some help on how to wipe and reinstall Win XP. My computer was very unstable. Each time I tried to reinstall the dreaded blue screen appears at the stage of "installing devices".
How can I do this and remove a partition at the same time? Thanks

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by m_ss_ngl_nk In reply to Win XP Reinstallation

- you failed to state which version; therfore check out this link for re-installatio of windows xp @
- you should have a option to delete any of the partitions during th installation process

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Win XP Reinstallation

Well there are utilities available that write 0's to every sector of any HDD. I use an old IBM one called Wipe and ZAP wipe writes 0's to every sector of the HDD and Zap only writes 0's to the MBR or File System so bits of data can remain intact on the HDD.

You will need a Windows 98 Boot Floppy or something similar to use these as they all work in DOS and you just allow the computer to boot from the floppy and then replace the floppy with the utility and in the case of the IBM one all you need do is type in wipe 0 to wipe the C drive wipe 1 to wipe the D drive and so on down the number list until you have wiped every drive in the computer. Note this means a HDD not a partition so if you have several partitions on a HDD just typing in wipe 0 will wipe the entire C drive.

Failing that you can use the FDISK utility that is supplied with Windows 95/98/ME/NT or even the old DOS Boot Floppy when the computer boots from the floppy just type in FDISK and follow the prompts these will vary between different versions of whatever Boot Disk you are using but if you have an NTFS partition/s all you need do is chose the Delete NON DOS PARTITION and then type in the partition number that you want to delete and then add the name if there is one and press y this will delete individual partitions and you should always start at the last partition and work your way back to the first partition. But this only removes the MBR from the HDD and not the data that may be on the drive/partition.

Similarly you can use the Windows XP setup to delete any partitions/drives that are present on the computer and reformat them. When you do this never use the QUICK FORMAT option as it will not format up correctly particularly if you have been experiencing problems already.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to

But you should not be seeing the BSoD on any XP install unless there is a hardware problem and this in my experience can almost always be traced back to a memory problem with either a faulty RAM Stick or an incomparability between different RAM Sticks where they are from different makers or are of different sizes. So remove any extra RAM sticks that may be fitted and attempt to reload XP and see if it loads if it does you can just add the removed RAM sticks and see if it still works or you may need to do a bit of fault finding to find the faulty RAM Stick. You do this by using one ram stick at a time and booting the computer up if it will not boot you have the faulty RAM Stick installed so pull it out and replace the other/s. If the computer boots with each RAM Stick you have an incomparability problem between the different RAM Sticks in the unit so you?ll have to muck around to find the offending Sticks and remove one so the computer will continue working.

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by willcomp In reply to Win XP Reinstallation

I agree with Hal 9000 that the root of your problem lies in hardware and most probably memory.

The critical part of your description is that XP was unstable prior to your reinstallation attempt. XP is a stable OS when given good, properly configured hardware and drivers. It has not been susceptible to bit rot and most of the other long term use maladies that plagued its predecessors on the consumer side of Windows.

In addition to system memory, video card memory can also create problems. System memory is far and away the most common cause of installation problems and cheap memory is usually the culprit.


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by dmiles In reply to Win XP Reinstallation

First you need to find a site with boot disks,then run the fdisk utility to remove the partition.Fdisk will wipe the drive clean.

Make sure you have hardware driver cd with software

You can get the bootdisk and instructions for wiping the drive clean from

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