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super6-4

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#1 11 years ago

can i reformat OEM windows XP OS?




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#2 11 years ago

You can if it's a generic OEM copy. If it came with a Dell, HP, Compaq, etc, and has a name brand logo on it you'll have to see if the manufacturer can issue anther license key for it. I have had a problem even with my generic copy where after several formats it suddenly one time would not accept the license key. A rather long chat with MS resulted in them re-issuing me a key when they found out it was generic OEM, rather than name brand OEM. They were at the point of trying to refuse support when I asked for a supervisor. Then I realized after a lengthy conversation, the supervisor was assuming when I said OEM I meant name brand OEM. If yours is generic OEM and for some reason Windows will not accept the key, MAKE SURE you tell MS support it is NOT NAME BRAND OEM. They tend to have their heads up their behinds about stuff like that. If it is NOT generic and rather name brand OEM instead, DO NOT try to lie to them about it, as far as I know the keys for name brand OEM are different. If it's name brand OEM just call the manufacturer, though if you're past warranty on the system it came with you may be out of luck and have to buy a new key or OS. Oh, and btw, if you have a generic OEM copy and Windows doesn't accept the key, go to the setup page with the phone numbers on it the Windows setup screen guides you to and try the automated key issuing method before calling them persoanlly. It's a method of entering lots of numbers, but it works well most of the time.




super6-4

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#3 11 years ago

i do have a generic copy but when i put the cd in and boot from cd rom it just brings me to my regular desktop, not to the windows setup screen for reformating




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#4 11 years ago

Make sure in the BIOS your primary (1st on the list) boot device is set to the CD ROM. By default many MB BIOS set it to the Floppy drive.




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#5 11 years ago

Yeah, the BIOS tends to make the boot order all screwed up. You should have it set to read floppy (if you have one), cd rom drives(s), and last your main hard drive. Make sure if you have two or more CD drives that it's the right one, they're usually some weird combination of letters and numbers.




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#6 11 years ago
Shintsu;3856082Yeah, the BIOS tends to make the boot order all screwed up. You should have it set to read floppy (if you have one), cd rom drives(s), and last your main hard drive. Make sure if you have two or more CD drives that it's the right one, they're usually some weird combination of letters and numbers.

WTF???, sounds like you're the one "all screwed up". He's trying to use the OS "DISC" to format the drive and you're telling him to set the Floppy to first boot device? What planet are you from man? The order of boot priority you suggested is how most BIOS have it set in the first place, which in this case is probably what's causing the problem.




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#7 11 years ago
>Omen<;3856243WTF???, sounds like you're the one "all screwed up". He's trying to use the OS "DISC" to format the drive and you're telling him to set the Floppy to first boot device? What planet are you from man? The order of boot priority you suggested is how most BIOS have it set in the first place, which in this case is probably what's causing the problem.

Omen, that method is normal to make sure you can boot from removable media before the hard disk. In case you didn't notice, the hard drive is last. It will try boot from the CD/DVD drive before it boots from the hard drive. There is nothing wrong with that order.




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#8 11 years ago

">Omen<" WTF???, sounds like you're the one "all screwed up". He's trying to use the OS "DISC" to format the drive and you're telling him to set the Floppy to first boot device? What planet are you from man? The order of boot priority you suggested is how most BIOS have it set in the first place, which in this case is probably what's causing the problem.

Yes, you'd want to be able to use a bootup floppy if there were ever a problem and they're easier and quicker to use than a CD when in DOS. Perhaps you think floppies are totally outdated and useless but plenty of people still use them as they're an easy way to transfer small files.




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#9 11 years ago

It's a normal order by many BIOS defaults, but not for formatting with the OS disc in the ROM drive. The CD ROM has to be set to the primary boot device in order to reboot with the OS disc in and expect Windows setup to launch. I have formatted numerous times in Windows XP and launching setup via the disc (as he mentioned he was trying to do) never works when the Floppy is set to first boot device. Floppy format is not even used much anymore and lots of custom PC builders only offer it as an option anymore. Heck, you have to resort to a 3rd party version of Memtest just to find a download of it for Floppy anymore. Merely putting the disc in the drive WILL bring up Windows install options, but NOT format options as he mentioned he wanted to do. I would also like to advise the person asking that it is best to delete the partition once in the setup page, reboot, then let the formatting continue. This will ensure the RAM is dumped before continuing with the format. It's one extra step to make sure no traces of the prior instal remain. A disc wiping utility is even better though and advised if you have lots of junk on the system you can't get rid of.




super6-4

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#10 11 years ago

ok ill try that i dont have a floppy anyway




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