Okay Idiodicaly decided today that i would start on a new leg and reformat my harddrive. So i did what i thought was best and stuck my Operating system disk in. I went to my computer and click the dvd drive. It asked me if i wanted to install windows. I clicked it. It does a bunch of crap. I click next abunch of times. It restarts my computer. It asks me what partition i want to install it on. I click C:/ because its the only partition big enough to hold it. It installs and informs me that my documents and settings folder will be deleted. I figure what i am doing is cleaning out my WHOLE C:/ drive. It Boots and installs windows. I install my 56k modems drivers so i can get online and activate it. Ok now i have done all this! And now there is nothing on my desktop so i figure, well it worked! My hardrive is now like the day i got it. I was sadly mistaken. I went to my computer and clicked C:/ to see how much space I had and it says 6.99 gb of 36.7 gb. Im like wtf!! What i want to know is why didnt it clean out my C:/ drive along with everything in it and just reinstall windows and nothing else? I did the reformat to get rid of the shit loads of trojans worms and spyware I had accumulated from all the Pr0n I used to look at, and I figured well my comp is getting slower and i dont plan on going to any pornographic sites anymore so i might as well. What did i do wrong? And another thing is that when i browse the web now and scroll down it like doesnt do it smoothly its all refreshing itself every second.
P.S. im real sorry this is such a big post but i couldnt figure out how to make all that info any shorter.:uhm:
When it asks what partition to install windows on it should also give you the option of deleting that partition. Then create a new partition (same size and place), format, and do a fresh install of windows. It's easy to miss the options because the white on blue text is hard to read. Just read carefully before making any choices.
When in doubt, gas it!
7th December 2003
At least it asks this if you boot from CD and chose the right setup-option. If you take something like "re-install" or "repair" windows it will probably not give you enough options.
did you deliete the original partition?, and completly reformat?
i tried to delete all the partitions but it wouldnt allow me to delete the c:/ partition because it said vital files on c:/ were needed to complete installation.:clueless::Pc:
Uh, you went into BIOS and told it to boot from the CD-ROM drive (1, Floppy 2, HDD 3, etc...), right? Then you have to tell it you want to install Windows, but don't tell it to repair. Windows will then search for existing partitions with Windows installed on it. When it finds the partition, delete it and tell Windows to create a new one, and make it as big as possible. Then you hit Enter, and wait... and wait... and wait.
Eventually, you'll get to the Windows XP Installation screen, and you're on your way home.
7th December 2003
Did you boot from CD?
Reboot your computer with the Windows XP CD in the CD-Rom drive. Go into your motherbored Bios. Its usaly Delete or the F2 key. Do this before you get to the Windows Boot Screen. Then find something that says Boot Order or Boot options. Set it to boot off of your CD-Rom drive. After this go threw the stupid Windows stuff. When you get to the partioning delete your whole HD. After that Format the drive. Reboot after that and install Windows. Now everything is dead and gone.
Ok ill try that thx.
Ok that didnt work. I went into the bios and set it up so my cdrom booted first and then my harddrive. What happened was the screen went black, hten a little cursor appeared. Then my disc drive started revving a bunch then windows started as normal. ok im not sure if this is gonna effect it but the disc im using came with the computer which is a dell and already had the software on it.