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Hi Flinix,
I am a AllExperts tech on British cars but I am having a problem with PC stuff. I have a desk top PC with a corrupted operating system that I have not been able to correct and I want to formate the hard drive and reinstall the XP disk. I did it many years ago on Win 95 but I can't find good info on how to make a boot disk with XP and how to format. Can you help? This is XP Home Ed.


Hello Howard. I can help you out no problem.

In Windows 95, you may have used a floppy drive as a boot drive and then had it point its further actions to the CD drive for the installation. In Windows XP, that is not the case. You only need to boot the CD drive (no floppies needed).

Now I could type out 30 paragraphs of everything I would regularly say to help you further, or I could give you a link to a really well constructed guide for computer preparation, BIOS boot settings, actual installation, and finalization steps. Here is the in depth guide:

Just ignore the anti-virus program they've used (Norton) in the end as I highly recommend NOT using it. Hope that helps you out, have a great day!

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