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    How do i format a hard drive which has windows 7 on it to re-install xp

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    put in xp disc, restart computer, press anykey to boot from cd, follow the on screen instructions

    you may want to run vistabootpro on it first to remove the bootloader

    Original Poster

    this is actually for my uncle who phoned me and he says xp wont let him format windows 7

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    hypnoticstate;8558258

    this is actually for my uncle who phoned me and he says xp wont let him … this is actually for my uncle who phoned me and he says xp wont let him format windows 7



    which is why you boot from the xp disc, then it can format it, you cant just put the cd in whilst in windows 7 and expect it to work

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    jubbyme;8558556

    which is why you boot from the xp disc, then it can format it, you cant … which is why you boot from the xp disc, then it can format it, you cant just put the cd in whilst in windows 7 and expect it to work


    ah right, i follow you now. thanks for the help m8 ;-)

    yes it wont let him format the drive because hes using it and it has the operating system on it.

    when you install xp it will warn you that all the data on the drive your installing ot in will be erased but ignore that as thats what you want, it will erase windows 7 for you and format:)

    you will need to delete the partitions and create new ones to get rid of the boot manager. a format won't do it.

    maddogb;8559722

    you will need to delete the partitions and create new ones to get rid of … you will need to delete the partitions and create new ones to get rid of the boot manager. a format won't do it.



    What partitions?
    No-one has mentioned partitions.

    quizmaniac;8558830

    yes it wont let him format the drive because hes using it and it has the … yes it wont let him format the drive because hes using it and it has the operating system on it.when you install xp it will warn you that all the data on the drive your installing ot in will be erased but ignore that as thats what you want, it will erase windows 7 for you and format:)



    maddogb;8559722

    you will need to delete the partitions and create new ones to get rid of … you will need to delete the partitions and create new ones to get rid of the boot manager. a format won't do it.



    the only reson i can see you getting drive in use error, is cause you are trying to format the hdd while still in windows, formating needs to be done in dos for a hdd with a operating system on it.

    so plase ignore maddogb as he dont know what hes talking about, no offence maddogb, so on that note, partitioning is not needed, just a bootable disk that has format command files on it

    dcx_badass;8561681

    What do you think windows 7 is installed onto?Anyway boot from XP disk, … What do you think windows 7 is installed onto?Anyway boot from XP disk, delete partition, quick format a new one and install XP. Sorted.



    above dose not help any one, as as computer noobs know, its just a hdd and knows nothing about partitions.

    a partiton is a file system for the hdd, ie, FAT, FAT32 only support file sizes up to 4 gig, NTFS supports larger files sizes.

    dcx_badass;8561681

    What do you think windows 7 is installed onto?.





    Mine is installed on my C drive.
    No partitions 'cos I don't need them.

    Where have you installed yours?

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    read the thread before u comment like that,
    fyi rob win7 creates 2 partitions in a standard install but it doesn't matter because the point i made was about removing the boot manager not formatting the drive and was in response to wolfs posts not the op.

    oh and at op is it poss your uncle is trying to install on the boot partition which is only about 100mb, will be too small!
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