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    Help formatting Windows XP

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    Exclamation Help formatting Windows XP
    Hey there.

    I have Windows XP installed on my Mac OS X Tiger via a partition created by BootCamp. I've recently gotten a virus on my Windows HD and plan to completely format or reinstall Windows XP on that partition... However, with the Bootcamp Utility now expired, I can't access the application to do so.

    So... Is there any way I can delete the partition completely, OR reinstall Windows XP?

    Thanks!

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    Help formatting Windows XP
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    What do you mean that Bootcamp is "expired"?
    Happy to be back to a Mac

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    Help formatting Windows XP
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    You can delete the partition by using Disk Utility (an OS X utility). Just select your hard drive, select the Windows partition, and delete it.

    As for reinstalling Windows... since BC is expired, you can't use it to reinstall. Instead of deleting the partition as above, you may be able to reinstall Windows by simply rebooting with the Windows install CD... IF you still have your Boot Camp drivers CD that you made last time. If so, just tell the Windows installer to format your partition and start over. That should take care of the virus issue. Naturally... back up important files on your Windows partition before formatting.

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    Help formatting Windows XP
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    Quote Originally Posted by EORI View Post
    What do you mean that Bootcamp is "expired"?
    He's running Tiger. Boot Camp for Tiger is (was) a beta program. It expired with the release of Leopard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lifeisabeach View Post
    He's running Tiger. Boot Camp for Tiger is (was) a beta program. It expired with the release of Leopard.
    Got it.
    Happy to be back to a Mac

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