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Formatting my XP laptop with no XP CD


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I've done a format millions of times, but the laptop I got came pre-installed with XP, so how do I format it?

Basically I want rid of everything - a complete fresh install as I'm selling the laptop.

Any help appreciated.

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I've done a format millions of times, but the laptop I got came pre-installed with XP, so how do I format it?

Basically I want rid of everything - a complete fresh install as I'm selling the laptop.

Any help appreciated.

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If you go to My Computer and right-click on any drive there, wouldn't you just click the Format option?

I just checked this on my PC and as I haven't ever done this myself I don't really know it's just an educated guess....
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You laptop should have come with a restore CD that will return it to factory state, or else it has a hidden partition that will do the same. Some HP's you press the F12 key down during bootup and it lauches the restore function to wipe and restore it to factory. What brand laptop?
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Boot up with a live Linux CD, such as Knoppix and then format it via that. Of course, be sure to choose the appropriate file system that you want on it, likely NTFS for Windows, XFS is the best in my opinion for Linux.
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It's an LG Laptop. I don't think there is any recovery discs? Unfortunately I can't go banging around trying to find a recovery disc as it's late! but the XP install must definetly be on a seperate partition I think as it only shows my C on the laptop...
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Do you have a Windows XP CD? If so, put it in the drive and boot. When you get to the install part there will be a option to format the drive or leave it alone. Choose Format NTFS.
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Do you have a Windows XP CD? If so, put it in the drive and boot. When you get to the install part there will be a option to format the drive or leave it alone. Choose Format NTFS.
The OP doesn't have the CD....
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I browsed around on the net and it seems that LG laptops all had a restore CD with them when new that must be used to return to factory condition. Bummer you don't have it. About the only thing to do is either fdisk/format it using an XP cd (or other Windows OS such as 2K, ME, 98, etc) or else just clean it up by removing all user accounts except the Owner account, trashing all My documents files, cleaning out the history, cookies, temp folders (hidden in the Documents and Settings folder in the Local files folder), remove Outlook email accounts, uninstall software you don't want to send with the computer. etc. You can download free cleanout programs from Tucows.com or similar that will do all this and zap your passwords and sensitive info.
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companies have began to install your recovery disk as a partition on your HD and you must restore from there. check your users manual or your manufactureres website
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Brush up on your DOS skills!

http://www.freedos.org/freedos/files/

you can download an ISO image there and make a bootable DOS CD. Then just "fdisk"

Ah....brings back memories, doesn't it?

Or you could download the Windows Vista RC1 image and use that to format-- just start the install and format the HD, then just shut it down before it continues.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvist...y/preview.mspx

DVD image only though.
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