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i was trying to reformat my hp pavallion dv60

Question: i was trying to reformat my hp pavallion dv60

i was trying to reformat my hp pavallion dv 6000, and in process my laptop shuts down on its own and now i am unable to start window because the registry could not be updated, so wat should i do

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Preferred Solution: i was trying to reformat my hp pavallion dv60

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: i was trying to reformat my hp pavallion dv60

You are in the XP forum, you should post here with a great deal more detail:

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Hey all, I was wondering if you all will help with me decide if this laptop is worth buying.


My current laptop that I have now is the HP Pavilion DV5000

15.4" Moniter (WideScreen)
AMD Turion 64 Mobile ML-32 (1.79 GHZ)
896MB Of RAM
ATI Moblilty Radeon Xpress 200 (128MB)
80 Gig HDD.

This laptop I would be buying at Office Depot, and they have a sale going where it's

$799.99 In store price after the "Instant" $70 Savings.
And there's a $200 Mail-In Rebate.

$851.99 Is the final price out the door, but since I work at Office Depot, My price is:

$766.00 Out the door, then you got the $200 Rebates... So after rebates I end up paying


Here's the exact laptop:


* 14.1"-diagonal widescreen WXGA (1280 x 800) BrightView LCD screen
* AMD Turion 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technology TL-56 operating at 1.80GHz, with Enhanced Virus Protection†
* 1MB (512KB+512KB) L2 cache
* Up to 1600MHz frontside bus
* 2.0GB of DDR2 SDRAM memory (2 x 1.0GB)
* 120GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive
* LightScribe SuperMulti DVD drive with Double Layer support (reads/writes DVD±R/RW, DVD-RAM, DVD+R Double Layer, CD-R/RW)
* ExpressCard slot: supports ExpressCard/54 and ExpressCard/34
* 802.11a/b/g wireless LAN
* 10/100Base-T Ethernet network port
* 56K V.90 modem
* 3 USB 2.0 ports
* 1 FireW... Read more

Answer:Hp Pavallion Dv2416US

Also, If anyone has this laptop, let me know how you like it.

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Hello, Thank you for posting in the HP Support forum. No, I'd afraid this computer HP Pavilion 2228tu is not officially compatible with Windows 10.HP hasn't released drivers for it and it was probably not tested for W10 compatibility. HP wouldn't officially support it with Windows 10.Windows 7 and 8.1 are officially supported on this PC model.Windows 7 and 8.1 are also good choices - they will be supported by Microsoft until year 2020 and 2023 respectively.  You might try to run Windows 10 but if any specific or driver related issues occur, HP support may not be able to assist you > I'd recommend you keep either Win 8.1 or Win 7 on it. Hope this helps.  

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Hii, Model Name - HP Pavallion g6 - 2014tx  I want to upgrade my laptop ram for the better performance.  So I want to know the specifications as well as the Ram slots info for my laptop. And the maximum ram size I can upgrade to. Kindly let me know the No of Slots in my model no -Maximum memory one slot can have - Current distribution of Ram over slots (I have not upgraded until now) - Type of ram (DDR Type as well as clock speed) that, I should purchase -  Thanks in Anticipation

Answer:Ram Upgrade, Ram slots on Hp Pavallion g6

Helloo @mahendra_hp, Your PC will support upto 16GB of RAM Max. ( DDR3 1600 MHz)You may use 8GB*2  Please see here :  Has detailed Information : Hope this helps, for any further queries reply to the post and feel free to join us again !!  **Click the White Thumbs Up Button on the right to say Thanks**Make it easier for other people to find solutions by marking a Reply 'Accept as Solution' if it solves your problem. Thank You,GBL84I am not an HP Employee  

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This past week, I noticed that my laptop screen goes partially black when I scroll or move the cursor.   It's goes black in section or small blocks.   It will go away if I continue to scroll up or down, but then comes back.  I've removed battery and restarted which did not help.  I have also noticed when this happens that there will be overposting of text or pictures.  It is doing it as I am typing this text.   I have to scroll to be able to see what I am typing.   I have not recently installed any software.  I believe all my drivers are up to date.  Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:HP Pavallion screen goes black

Hello TBone77, It will help us to help you if you give as much detail as possible. What is the exact model number of your laptop? The DV6 will have 4 numbers, followed by 2 letters ... DV6 60XXxxIt will be labeled inside the battery compartment. You can also run the HP Support Assistant to find the Product number. What exactly are you doing when this happens? Are you running a Browser? What Browser and version?Are you running a program? What program? Can you post a screen shot of this error?How to take and post a screen shot on the HP forum... I will wait for your reply.Thanks.

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One day i noticed that hp webcam is not working through HPSMART MEDIA ICON please help me how to fix this issue it also not showing any sing of error 

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I dont know if this is the right place but sounds right, My wd 1 tb my book has gone weird, yesterday it randomly popped up saying the drive needs to be formatted to be used. It already had 100 gb's worth of files on it. I tried reformating it but it said it failed. Now I cannot even get it to load on my computer. I unoinstalled the driver reinstalled it and then it pretty much freezes my computer up. once i unplug the drive it pops up saying i need to format the drive and my computer speeds right back up. Im so frustrated! I just want to reformat it so I can use it again.

Answer:External crashed asks to reformat cannot reformat

Any one? I would like to solve this problem so I dont have to buy a new one

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Hi again-

One more question on formatting FAT32 to NTFS...

Does it really matter if I do a quick reformat rather than a full reformat on 2 large drives that are relatively new and seem to have no disk problems???



Answer:quick reformat vs. full reformat

i usually just do a quick format gets the job done just fine.

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Question: Reformat

I an effort to having my computer on a clean slate, I tend to reformat my PC every 6-8 months. I have done this process a multitude of times without any problems, but this time I am running into a problem with Windows XP. I have reformatted and get the same results each time since the problem has started.I have two hardrives in my PC, and just bought a new one awhile ago, I took out my old IDE slave drive, moved my former IDE slave drive up to master and my newly bought SATA II drive to my slave. Things went great on my first install of XP this summer. Well new year and a clean slate was what I was going for.I format my drive completely, not the quick NTFS formatting. Things load up nicely I load up my nForce drivers for stability purposes (never had any trouble, but just to be sure), an anti-virus software and my wireless card drivers to connect to the internet. I then begin the process of updating Windows through Windows Update and since my copy of Windows XP is a launch copy, it is pretty bare and I need the works including SP2. I get through one set of updates and do a restart, things are going great. I get to installing SP2 and then restart my computer and everything breaks down. Everytime I restart my computer after SP2 after going through the BIOS screen, my computer sits at a black screen for about 3-5 minutes. It then finally gets to a point where the screen is all black with a white progress bar at the bottom of the screen that goes the length of my screen (its not ... Read more


You've mentioned 3 drives...which one did you install to ? ?

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Question: reformat xp only

I use rollback rx. I made a recovery disk for it and it works ok.

I done a back up image. I just wondering do I have to reformat HD before restoring the image .

I have an xp disk.

Can I just use xp disk to reformat only without doing a complete reinstall
of OS.

I tried using windows ME bootdisk that does FAT not NTFS.


Answer:reformat xp only

As far as i know you just boot up with the disk in cd drive and it will restore the image.

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Question: reformat plz help


i just recently got a used computer from a friend, and am wanting to reformat it.

i am just wondering if i don't have the drivers for everything such as the graphics card , will i still be able to boot up windows and see it, and be able to download drivers and stuff after the format.


Answer:reformat plz help

Windows will load some vga drivers for the video card so you will be able to see what is going on. Once you get Windows installed, you can get drivers for any devices needing them from the manufacturers support site. Be sure to load the chipset drivers first, then the others.

You can download the drivers ahead of time and burn to cd to use after the install. Use Device Manager to get the details of the:

Display Adaptor ( video card )
Network Adaptor(s)
Sound adaptor

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Question: Reformat

I am running an upgrade from Windows 98 to XP and would like to reinstall. I've reinstalled 98 before but can't find info on the process for XP. Any ideas please?


Just insert the upgrade to XP cd. When the CD starts up click on install Windows XP

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Question: Reformat

i was not sure where to put this thread seeing i have some problems im sorry if its in the wrong place

Hello ,

ok i need a little help i just reformatted due to virus sadly
i used my CD that came with it and all after i did there was something wrong i didn't have sound or anything i was able to get my sound by downloading a program but i have errors and other stuff on my computer that i dont know how to fix i have feeling its cuz of my hard drive my hard drive failed about a year ago and i had to get it replaced i have tryed putting the CD in and repaired the stuff thats not working and everything but i dont know what to do
my friend told me to download " driver detective " and it will help on whats not working this is what i says

the following are " out of date " and they will not update
IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers
-Standard dual channel PCI IDE controller
-VIA bus Master IDE controller
Network adapters
-Realtek RTL8139 family PCI fast Ethernet NIC
System devices
-(8) PCI standard ISA bridge
-Universal serial bus controllers

i have errors in the following
Other devices
-CIF single chips
-PCI simple communications controller
-Video controllers(VGA compatible)
-(2) VIA Rev 5 or later USB universal host controller

it has update options but it cost $30 for this program so i rather not do that cuz i dont have $30

Thank you for your help


What Brand and Model is the computer you reformatted?

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hi there... i need some help guys. i am beginner in computer cause my computer have virus. im not familiar on how to reformat a computer so i want to learn. what would be the requirements needed to reformat my computer?please help me guys. thanks a lot.

Answer:i want to reformat my pc

OK first of all, you'll need to answer these questions...What are yor system specifications?What OS are you using? Do you have a legit OS CD?What problems are you having to induce formatting the hard drive... have you exhausted all other options of getting rid of the viruses?

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Question: need to reformat

I need to reformat my hard drive because of a virus how do i keep my rank and profile for my new os

Answer:need to reformat

You can copy off any data files (docs, pics, faves, emails, etc...) before formatting.

What is "my rank"?

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Hello. I have a custom computer with a 60GB (about 55GB usable) SSD as the boot drive. I would like to keep that as the boot drive. I also have a 1TB HDD for everything else.

Since setting up the SSD, I have had all my folders/libraries (My documents, Music, downloads, etc...) directed to the HDD.

Before I wipe the SSD, where else should I look for files that I may need? I haven't installed any programs that I do not own the disk to, so I am not worried about having to re-install programs. I just do not want to lose documents that may have had an odd storage location or some random some I may have missed.

Any suggestions? Or am I being overly cautious?

Answer:About to reformat my SSD...What do I need?

Hello there.

There is no way someone could be "overly cautious" hehe.

Just check and make sure that all your important documents are located on D: (or whatever letter assigned to your HDD) because no one wants to lose important data

Double checking won't take you too long and it will save you from saying "OHHHHH F***!!! i shouldn't have deleted that folder "

Make sure everything's on the HDD instead of the SSD

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I'm trying to reformat vista on my dell xps without a disk.

It never had one and I've reformatted before by just pressing one of the "F" keys on startup but can't seem to remember which one or make any of them work!

Can somebody PLEASE help me?

I'm being overtaken by adware and desperately need a reformat!

Answer:Help me reformat!!!???

I think that you mean that you want to "recover" your system. System recovery resets the HDD to the factory shipped condition. It will destroy all data on the HDD that has been added since. I believe that recovery is done on a Dell by using F10 but I suggest that you visit your manual or the Dell website. With your tag number you can look at the specifics of your particular computer and the manual as well.

You also might try uninstalling and reinstalling the keyboard driver (it will be on Dell's website). Failing to get the keys operational with that step, try another keyboard.

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Question: Reformat help !!

Im had a Cicero computer but i changed the motherboard
I want to reformat the computer but the old Cicero CD doesnt work
What should i do to reformat?

Answer:Reformat help !!

Unfortunately changing the motherboard may have invalidated your Windows License. Does the PC have a 25 digit keycode for XP on the case somewhere? If yes, you should be able to use an OEM XP installation CD (if you can find one from a friend) to reinstall XP. Unfortunately, however, XP that comes with a PC is usually tied to the motherboard it is first installed on. After installing you'll need to call Microsoft and explain your case and hope that they let you use your old license on the new motherboard. Otherwise you'll need to buy a new copy of XP.


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For some reason 2 DVD+DW discs I have used in the past will not erase or record over. Is there a way to re-format them? Nero & DVD Dycrypter willl not let me do this.

Answer:Can I reformat a DVD+RW?

I wouldn't rely on rewritable DVDs - as you're discovering, they don't really bear repeated use. If you can't make it work in Nero, I suspect the DVD is corrupted in some way.

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Its gotten to the point where, through constant registry playing and whatnot, my comp is starting to act up really badly so I am reformatting. For future reference how often should this be done?

Answer:How often should I reformat?

I do it every year.

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Question: REformat

how to i reformat my PC can u guys tell me how please?


using windows cd...tell me the version of windows and computer u have

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i want to reformat my laptop(toshiba satellite c640) using dvd drive,but there is no CD/DVD drive in boot menu. the only choices are
1. HDD
2. USB
3. ODD
4. ...

i need help please..
thanks n advance...

Answer:[help] pc reformat po

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Question: Reformat?

Have just bought a second hand computer with Mandriva Linux installed as the default Operating System. So could someone tell me how i can reformat the hard drive and clear anything else that the previous owner may have installed on the computer. There are two partitions on the hard drive. Thanks


Do you have any type of boot disk at all, either Linux or Windows? Are you trying to save the partitions? Are you reinstalling Linux?

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I need some help with reformatting - but I don't have a CD with this computer?
What can I do?

Thank You

Answer:Need Help With A Reformat

If you don't have an OS disk, what are you going to do after the format?

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...which has a network of 2 laptops via a Belkin router attached... Will I have to go through the whole network set up process again? Or will it work if I just reinstall the belkin software?ThanksBarrydol, who doesnt want to go through the whole process again.

Answer:If I reformat my PC...

all your networking settings will be lost.You say "via a Belkin router attached" - what do you mean by that? If the router is a wireless one, and I assume it is - then it will be connected to your broadband service, and its settings will be unaffected. If the connection to your PC is via an ethernet cable then the PC will immediately pick up and recognise the connection after the format - you shouldn't have to install any Belkin software.

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Question: Reformat

If I'd like to reformat my hard drive before installing Windows 7 what must I do please?Thanks


Hello Titi,

You could do a clean install of Windows 7 to do that all at once during the installation if you like.

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this guy wants me to reformat his work computer, and wants me to back up alll his stuff.

whats the easiest/best way to do this? He has a lot of important stuff he doesnt want to lose. Is there a program, or should I just burn all the files to like a disc or something?

Answer:help with a reformat

zidion said:

this guy wants me to reformat his work computer, and wants me to back up alll his stuff.

whats the easiest/best way to do this? He has a lot of important stuff he doesnt want to lose. Is there a program, or should I just burn all the files to like a disc or something?Click to expand...

If you plan on restoring it for him later, you could Ghost it.
If not, I would just burn the files he needs normally (on a CD, DVD etc)

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i have major problems and tired of it. i want to know if someone can tell me how to reformat and what will i lose of my computer?

Answer:can anyone tell me how to reformat

try some of the fixes here first. a reformat may not be necessary.

come back and post the progress. someone will be here to help.

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Question: Reformat XP

I am running Xp (upgrade from 98) and would like to Reformat. I've reformatted 98 before but can't find any info re XP. Any ideas please?

Answer:Reformat XP

This guide should help you through here

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Question: Reformat pc

Hi everyone.I'm wanting to reformat my computer due to it being very slow and full of junk. But not sure on how to do it, i have looked on the net for tutorials but they are confusing to me lol. One thing i am unsure about is that i don't have the cds to my pc, only the windows xp disk and the disk to my graphics card.

Answer:Reformat pc

It's ok that you don't have CDs for the other things, you can download most (or all) of the drivers you'll need from the manufacturers' websites. I advise you do that before you format.If you can tell us your full system specs (models and manufacturers of parts) I'm sure we can help you find everything you need.Also, you'll want to backup any important files, music, etc. that you can't replace. Best to back them up onto a CD since you'll be formatting, unless you'd rather place them on another partition of the hard drive.

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I am not able to reformat my HP laptop. When I turn on the computer and press F11 and try to reformat the computer from there, it leads to a 1002 Error and will not work. Unfortunately, this led to a BOOTMGR error press control alt delete and now I cannot boot my computer at all. Since HP is garbage, they forced me to create my own recovery disks, which of course, say they are "not compatible with this pc" now, even though I made them with the program HP provided.

What can I do?

Thank you.

Answer:HP will not reformat. what do I do?

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Question: Reformat help

I am trying to refomat my gateway laptop, I do not a a disk and overtime I try to burn the reformat imagine to a disk it fails. I cannot restore it either an error pops up. I have tried the boot menu and see where the option to reformat is but its not highlighted and I cannot click it. Is there anything i can do besides buy a new windows cd. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Reformat help

I believe the model is gateway fx p7805u

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Question: reformat

hi im about to reformat and was wondering what files and folders i can put on another drive so as to keep c drive as clear as possible ie my documents, programs etc thanks kirriejim


you can copy all your personalfiles over to another partition eg office docs,music,pictures etc, even you favourites folder.make sure you copy over drivers or load them on to a disc and account for each driver, note down isp & email details too

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Question: Reformat

I'm trying to reformat my system using the .... um.. xp disc, but when i try to delete the partition it says that it has temporary setup files so i can't delete it and install on a raw one. Can any of you tell me how to delete it? :confused

My friend tells me to change the boot sequence or something like that, but I don't know what to do it.:


ALvin said:

I'm trying to reformat my system using the .... um.. xp disc, but when i try to delete the partition it says that it has temporary setup files so i can't delete it and install on a raw one. Can any of you tell me how to delete it? :confused

My friend tells me to change the boot sequence or something like that, but I don't know what to do it.:Click to expand...

Your friend means to enter your bios and be certain that the boot sequence has the cd-rom first, since you're trying to format and install XP from a cd.

Using the arrow keys to navigate in bios, find the boot tab. Highlight the cd-rom using the arrow key, then using the plus key bring that cd-rom to the top of the list. Save and exit bios.

Try to delete the partition after that when you boot with XP again.


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Hello, I recently "upgraded" my Dell laptop to windows vista. I would like to convert it back to windows xp (as it is going slower) and do a clean format. The only problem is my bios is locked with a password I never recieved and I dont have contact info for the guy I bought it from. The boot order is 1. Floppy disk 2.Hard drive 3.CD-ROM. This is the reason i cant load setup to reformat. If I try to reinstall from windows, it says it is unable to install because the current version of windows is more recent than the version on the disk. There is no option to boot from cd on startup even with hotkeys. Also I only have the upgrade versions of Vista and Xp and dont have money for a new operating system at the moment. Please help, thanks.

Answer:Help can't reformat!

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Question: Cannot reformat

Recently, my computer got itself into a startup repair loop (the sources here didn't work, the one written by Peter). I haven't been able to access safemode or anything to actually get to my files as I had to go to a technician to back them up for me. So I have all the files I need / want and decided to do a system restore, the only issue being is that I do not know how to.

I pressed f9 and it ends up sending me back into the start up repair loop again. I have a system recovery disc that I made from my father's laptop. However, I still am not able to find a function or anything to get it to reformat to factory settings.

I am at a loss and grown frustrated with this...

Asus laptop. Model K72D series

someone please help me!

Answer:Cannot reformat

Hello phiferwolf, welcome to Seven Forums!

The factory recovery partition may be damaged and not of any use, did you not create the recovery disks when prompted when the PC was new? It is possible to purchase the set of disks from ASUS and I'm sure someone will post the link for that for you.

I'm posting this to give you something else to consider; as you may find it useful, and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

After you have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media; if you can find an exact Windows version that the PC shipped with you can do a clean install using the activation key on the COA sticker attached to the PC though it may require a robo-call to MS to sort the OEM batch-key.

How to Activate Windows 7 by Phone
If you can't find an exact same version, you could use the info in this tutorial to create an "all versions" installer of any version Windows installer, to install using the same method I posted above.

Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create
After you have made backups of everything you care to save, the best method is to do a complete wipe (secure erase) of the entire Hard Disk Drive first, it over-writes everything, all the old Windows code including all the old drivers/programs, giving you the best possible space to install Windows to.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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Hi, I was constantly getting Blue screens of death and couldnt even boot up windows after a while of this. I tried booting windows from usb and always got either a BSOD or a black "windows boot manager" screen.

Saying something like

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1. insert windows instal disc, restart comp
2. choose language
3. repair

followed by a some randomly chosen error message

file: \winwos\system32\config\system
status: 0xc0000001
info: windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing, or corrupt

I had a non reading dvd drive. So I just purchased a new dvd drive. Popped in my windows disc. It detects the disc and says "press any key to continue" but then after that, instead of loading the windows installer, I just get the same generic error message as above.

How can I possibly fix my pc?

Answer:Well this is new....Cant Reformat

In the BIOS, double-check to see that the DVD is the first device to boot from. It doesn't sound like it is doing that.

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Question: how to reformat

how do i reformat? its been awhile and i cant remember shit, thank you.

Answer:how to reformat

1. change your first boot drive to cd-rom in bios.
2. Insert your windows xp cd
3. reboot
4. press enter when it asks you if you want to boot from cd-rom
3. read everthing carefully and you should be able to figure out how to do it

if that doesn't work ill give you more detailed steps

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*admins please do not delete if this is in wrong section*

My computers been getting a BSOD and i would like to try to reformat to see if i can fix this issue, if not i will probably make a topic on it but for now please help me with reformatting.

I've never reformatted before, and would like to know how to go on with this.

CD's that i have are:
Windows media center edition 2005 ( i got this with my computer, its to reinstall windows)

i have a cd and i think it will replace most of the drivers

I would like to know what i do with these cd's and how i could save stuff that i need. Also i would like to know if something can go wrong with reformatting plz and thankyou

Answer:Would like to reformat

I must ask you first why do you think BSODs are system related???
Maybe you have some hardware issues...
You should test HDD and RAM first...
What make/model is your HDD???
Visit manufacturers Web Site, download testing tools and test your HDD for possible slow or bad sectors...
For RAM I would recommend Memtest 86+

If you have more than 2 modules, test them separatelly...

Also, open one side of the case and check if it is dusted from inside...
Also check capacitors on Motherboard if they are popped or if they are leaking...

I would try starting PC with different PSU too...

If everyhting is OK than I think it could be system issue...

Check this link:

It is well explained how to install windows XP...

Keep us posted...

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Question: reformat?

I have been told that there is an application that completley wipes your hardrive & should be used in addition to reformatting if a suspected worm/virus is in your system. Does anyone know what this is or have a suggestion on what I could use?

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Question: cannot reformat xp

hey all. i've been having some trouble with my computer lately. lately i've received a virus and i was already setup to reformat my drive as i'm using an external hard drive to back up my files.

when i try to do the setup, normally it says 'press f6 if you want to install...' or 'press f2 if you would like to run automated system recovery' and then it loads files for about a minute or 2. well now it only loads for about 4 or 5 seconds then says 'starting up windows'. then it says 'please insert windows xp service pack 3 and press enter'.

i do that and nothing happens. it says my disc or files on it are corrupted. i've since tried to use a BRAND NEW version of xp service pack 3 and it does the same thing. my computer appears to be stuck in limbo. please help

Answer:cannot reformat xp

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Question: Reformat?

I have had a lot of trouble in reimaging my hard drive after deleting the partition table with FIXBOOT. Driveimage XML said the drive was not big enough.I got around this by copying the files from the image onto the drive. This has partially worked, the machine boots and is operational, but some strange things have happened, such as icons for programs have disappeared, there are NO hidden files, so desktop.ini files appear in many folders such as the start menu. Also, the machine doesn't seem particularly fast considering it has just been reimaged.Has anybody ever been in this situation before? And am I going to have to format to fix some of these things?


You might just as well reformat and reinstall Windows, at least it will be complete and should work ok.LinH

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gettin my 64 bit cpu and mobo in today, well, should i reformat and do a fresh install of windows after i do this, or will windows XP take care of everything? I normally do it......but just dont feel like doing it right now....

Answer:should i reformat after i do this?

Before you format just put your new drivers and make them priority!
should work

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Question: reformat

need help,how will i reformat my laptop ACER ASPIRE 5332 USING WINDOWS 7?DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO. pls. help me


Read the sticky posts in this forum.

Tutorial quick reference list for Installing Windows 7
Questions to use for help with Installation Issues
Doing a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

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Question: XP reformat

I am having problems with my Sister-in-law's computer. Everything was working fine, when she was on AOL, but money problems meant going to TalkTalk.I have it running on my network here, but as soon as I get it back to her and put the TalkTalk on, it screws the computer up with blue screens everywhere. She was on ME, so even brought it back home and put XP on. All worked fine, surfing the 'net, making documents etc, until I put TalkTalk on at her house. Is there a problem with Norton's AV 2005/Me/TalkTalk, as the last time, the AV ended up being corrupted?A year on, she has decided to go to BT, as she is fed up with it all. No Modem sent yet due to confusion at BT with the order, but when I was up there at the weekend, I tried to Re Format the HD, ready for it arriving. At about 99% it gave me the blue screen, telling me 'to stop damage being done it will close down now' with various messages' like irq nor equal or less than, bad spooler, etc. Sometimes no reason, given. But what ever I do, I can't get the HD formatted. Has the HD gone down?This really is a shortened version!P.s. I am only just at intermediate level, so go easy on me!!

Answer:XP reformat

As a first step I would download and run Memtest86. (you create a bootable disk from it) Faulty ram can cause the kind of thing you're describing.

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Question: how do u reformat?

hey guys.... thnx for all the help. How about reformatting my bro's computer? is that good? it takes out everything and gives u a fresh start.

thing is how do u reformat?

any ideas..


Answer:how do u reformat?

i believe there is a good instruction sheet you can get at

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Question: can't reformat

My monitor light does not turn green until the desktop is loaded. It's not the monitor, because the same thing happens when I try it with another monitor. Because of this, I couldn't reformat the usual way so I tried to install xp by loading the setup from the desktop. After restarting, my monitor would not turn on at all, and now I can't access anything. Please help!

Answer:can't reformat

What's your video card? Does it have two ports?

I had a heck of a time trying to reformat a friends computer when I discovered that he had two ports on the video card. Once I plugged the monitor into the other port, I could see the entire boot process.

Hope this helps. If it doesn't please still reply with your system specs so someone else can help.


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Question: Can't reformat?

I'm trying to reformat a computer, as the blue screen comes up loading all the windows files I get a black sceen once it says "Setup is starting windows"... Any ideas? This computer is a never ending nightmare.

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Question: Reformat

Hey, so I bought my computer with Vista in early November. It was then I got the free Windows 7 upgrade from HP. But when I was having problems when my computer was Vista I could completely reformat it back to factory defaults with something like System Recovery or something, not system restore because all that does is put it to an earlier point. And if I am correct Vista should still be on the recovery disk, like I have my main HD and then I have that one with like 14 gigs.
Now if you read this thread it explains I've been having major problems with my PC.
2.80 GHz Processor w/ 8GB RAM - Need Help

Now I have been using the Windows 7 disk to reformat my computer to Windows 7. But I just realized it was an upgrade disk meaning it was only upgrading the system, even though it got rid of the programs and loooked like a clean install it still had all the same problems. So that's why my problem is still consisting, it's because I actually haven't completely reformatted my computer. So maybe there is a MAJOR hidden virus or something is wrong with it, so I'm sure reformatting it will fix it.

So I think if I can find out how to do it with System Recovery or what ever it's called and it turns it back to Vista then it's a clean system, my problem is fixed and I can just upgrade it to Windows 7 from there.

So could someone tell me if I can still use System Recovery, and it's not the exact name I think, but it's somewhere a long there. I haven't been able to find it or us... Read more


Does this help at all? Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

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Can someone please help me with reformatting my computer. i dont really know much om how to. can someone please help me. i want to completely wipe out my comp. so that nothing is on there but my norton antivirus... if you dont know how to do that then just a simple reformat would be great. but please if anyone cant ell my how to reformat my computer in detail pleaseee help me. i appreciate it . thank you!!!

Answer:need help with reformat!!!!

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Question: XP Reformat

I am trying to install a fresh copy of XP on a friends pc, I have changed the BIOS to boot from cd but when it gets to the point where it should say 'press any key to boot from cd' it just says 'boot from cd...' and hangs.
I have changes the keyboard to a PS/2 one and i know the cd drive is working fine.

Any ideas

please, please, please,


Answer:XP Reformat

have you tried using other bootable windows cd???if it still persist...try other cd-rom...

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Question: Reformat?

Hi, I just upgraded from Win 7 RC (Ultimate) to Win 7 Home Premium on a machine that originally came with Vista. I thought I had done a clean install, but I noticed there is only 16GB free on 70 GB C:drive. (D: drive is 70 GB also, and mostly free). Can that be right? A clean install shouldn't use 54GB should it? Thing is, I can't figure out where all that data is on C:, Windows.old file is only 1.5GB. and I see no trace of any other old files. I guess I must have missed a step and not reformated the HD. I think my mistake was just inserting the disk while the machine was running instead of booting up from disk (?).

1. Can I go back and reinstall, except this time reformat?
2. Do I really need a big empty 70GB D:drive partition, or should I just make it all one big C:drive?

Problem is, it's running PERFECT, and I don't want to screw that up!.......OK, just inserted disk and rebooted, it did not enter setup, just went to my normal W7 Home Premium sign in screen. Maybe I need to change boot order in Bios? I do have an external HD (I disconnected it before install) I could save my Windows.old folder to, if I wanted to keep that data.


Welcome to the Se7en Forums! digau

On any premade system you automatically start off with less drive space available due to the hidden OEM recovery partition taking up some 5-10gb of drive space there. Then you have to recalculate drive space according to how they are sold(decimal units of measurement) compared how any OS reads drives(binary units of measurement).

A 70gb(labeled size) drive for example would see some 65.19gb(actual size) of space available before partitioning, formatting, and OSing the drive. When you restarted the machince to boot from the 7 dvd you forgot to change the boot order in the bios if the board lacks a boot device menu key like F4, F11, or another designated F key for selecting the drive or device to boot from. The default boot from the hard drive simply took over.

On a drive that small generally one single primary is all that is seen. Backing up all data and wiping the drive entirely to create one large C primary would be the first step taken before any newer version goes on like 7. If you don't need much drive space for a web browsing machine and nothing else 7 is already on and running. To be more thorough and free up more drive space then nuking the existing partitions for the one new primary would see that tended to.

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Question: Can't reformat

I am trying to install Win7 64x and I had 2 partitions originally, one system partition with 32x vista and one storage partition. I already backed them up on an external so I want to reformat the current internal drive and install windows 7 64x.

In the installation screen, I went to Custom Install and Drive Options (following the tutorial here: Clean Install Windows 7 )

Somehow my storage partition was set up as primary so I deleted it and extended my other partition. I am on step 8 of the tutorial but there the option to Delete Extend or Format is greyed out and cannot be selected. I have one partition currently, and all I can do is hit Next or Refresh or Load Drivers.

What do I do?

Answer:Can't reformat

If I understand you correctly, all of your data is backed up.

If that is so, start over.

You shouldn't have any need to extend any partitions.

Boot from the installation disc and select custom install. When you come to the partition screen, select drive options advanced.

Delete all partitions at the next screen. Make one new partition of your desired size. Mark it active.

Continue with Windows install. When finished, go to Windows 7 Disk Management and make a new partition for your data. Then copy your backed up data to this new data partition.

If this doesn't work, advise EXACTLY how far you get and what any error message is. As I recall, you have to highlight a partition before you can delete it.

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I just reformatted my XP PC, and i have no LAN. I am on a laptop right now. All it reads on my other PC is "1394 Connection"

I know i need to install the motherboard drivers, because the network card is onboard, i just don't know what motherboard i have.

I also went into the BIOS, everything is enabled....

i have a screenshot of the Device manager, and my network connections.

any help would be great, thanks

ALSO i don't have a drivers CD

Answer:No LAN after Reformat

Have you tried going to the manufactruers web site of who made the computer ex. HP, Acer? If you know that then you can go to their web site and put in the exact modle of the computer and you should be able to download drivers. If it a custom build computer then you do need to know the motherboard modle to be able to go to their web site and download the drivers.

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I am having various PC probs.No list for drivers showing in device manager,ATI driver brings up a message everytime I boot up saying it is either not working or not installed.When I try some updates I have had messages saying the windows update client is not working??would a format be the best option instead of spending time sorting out all these problems.

Answer:Do I need to reformat??

Assuming you are using XP and that you have your original XP disc, I would first try a Repair. or you could run scannow which is another way of doing a general repair, or you could re-install XP without doing a re-format. The choice is yours.

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Question: had to reformat

Hi , I'm new here and I hope somebody out there can give me a little assistance. Over the last couple of months I've been having alot of really annoying problems with my pc. I finally just decided to reformat mhd and start over with a clean slate. I managed to back up all my important stuff so no worries there. But I need an ID number to reinstall my MS word program. It came bundled with my old gateway pc, and I have no idea where, or even if I ever got that number. Also does any one out there know if I can download the Gateway Go Back software any where? Thanks  for any help.    

Answer:had to reformat

The number may now be lost. It was most likely an OEM number. Try contacting Gateway or look at your recovery disks, if any. Is it not stickered on the side of your PC or written down in any of the documentation?

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Question: reformat pc

could anyone tell me how to reformat my computer plz thankyou

Answer:reformat pc

What Operating system are you going to install?

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I don't know what happen but my computer got a nasty spyware/virus and everytime I load windows explorer.exe keeps restarting itself so the desktop icons and start menu bar comes on and than dissapears and turns on again. I can't open any programs (due to start menu dissapearing so quickly) and I even tried a system restore but it keeps saying system restore failed.

I tried safe mode and it did the same thing (even worse cause i get the do u want to continue in safe mode prompt).

I tried system restore through command prompt and its giving me the same message.
I'm sure if I get some programs installed and run a few scans I can remove some of the spyware / virus, but I just cant seem to get anything open.
Is there anything else I can try or should I just reformat?
NOTE: I do NOT want to try a hijackthis log, those to me are more complicated than a reformat. And if I do a reformat I can still back things up so its not a big deal, but I still want a reformat my 2nd to last option (last being a hijackthis)

Answer:Is there anything else I can do? or just reformat?


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Please help me before I have to reformat my computer.

Over the past week or so, my computer has been running a lot slower than usual and my AVG picked up a trojan the other day, I tried to remove it and it hasn't reappeared in scans since the other day. But it is still so slow which is totally out of character for my laptop as it has 2gb RAM and is usually so quick. Help me before I get so worried/annoyed that i reformat my hard drive and lose a lot of important work and programs.

Any help is much appreciated.

Answer:Help before I reformat!

Please do not create multiple threads for the same problem! Read >>Posting help read first<< if you feel you are not getting help.

Continue here:

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Question: Cant reformat..

any1 can help me solve this problem?my problem is when i wan format my pc,then it appear the blue screen that write there say chkdsk,and i have been try but still cant ,do any1 know ??

Answer:Cant reformat..

You formatted your computer? What exactly did you do?

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Question: reformat HD

My PC is probably infected after I downloaded this antivirus package.One wallpaper was created on my desktop "Warning!Spyware detected on your computer!" and I failed to remove it no matter how I tried.
Thinking of reformat the hard drive.How do I accomplish this task when I am running this XP operating system?I used to reformat back in the days using msdos.Can anyone kindly give me a little advice?Thanks

Answer:reformat HD

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Question: PC Won't Reformat

I keep trying to reformat my PC with the CD's I was given, except now I get this weird message when the CD inside after reboot. The message reads "Non-System Disk or Disk Error." I have no floppy disk in the floppy drive, and I'm unsure what might be causing this. Any help? I know you techies are smart!

Thanks in advance.

Answer:PC Won't Reformat

Hi and Welcome to TSF

Is the BIOS boot sequence set to boot from the CD-rom first?

Its possible you are not using a bootable cd if the sequence is correct. What does the cd say on it, is it a recovery / restoration cd from the manufacturer?

Find the manufacturer of your hard drive and run their Hard Drive Diagnostics Utility.

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So recently I started receiving the "You do not have permission to access this file" error. I realized that something terrible happened on this computer through the (mis)use of deleting capabilities by my family. So I decided I would just reformat and start over. So I deleted partion, formatted new partition and started the install. I got all the way to where it says "registering components" and I get the SAME error as before. I hit ok and it restarts itself. It boots up like I finished the install and I go to accessories and click on notepad just to see and I still get the same error with notepad. Any one have any ideas?


Answer:HELP with Reformat Win XP

:wave Welcome to MajorGeeks! :major

First- are you 100% sure that the partition was deleted?
Second- are you using a 'factory' install disc (like one of the holographic discs from Microsoft or the disc from your PC maker like Dell HP, etc)? If you're using a copy or a 'customized' install disc, that could be the problem.

These are about the only things I can think of that would cause a permission error on a clean install. Another thing (and it's a bit of a stretch) would be if the PC is on a network and another PC on the same network is 'worming' its way in to the clean install and messing up the permissions. However, this could only happen if the ethernet device on the PC is recognized by Windows and the driver is installed during the XP install. Maybe unplug the ethernet cable before starting the install, and use a clean 3rd party utility to wipe and remove the partition first (plenty of free partition tools can be found here).

Good luck! Let us know what happens!

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Well I have a Windows XP computer... which before used to be Windows Media Center Edition.

No i had a problem which can be seen here

But that still hasn't been fixed and the only thing I have is a Media Center Edition Master DVD.. to reformat with..

Now when I try reformatting with that CD it says:

Operating System <> CDROM !!!

SO i can't use that but I need to reformat else my computer will lock up... so what shall I do to reformat with the cD?

Answer:Serious Help!... Need to reformat!

boot from the cd and choose install and windows will offer to do the reformat for you

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Hi, I'm a computer newbie. For the past month, my PC has been infected with a virus, cleaned with anti-malware programs, and re-infected again repeatedly. After browsing around for solutions, it seems like I have some "backdoor trojan". So, I've decided I want to reformat and wipe everything clean, making my PC 100% virus free. However, I have a lot of concerns about it. I'm worried that the virus will survive any reformatting as I've heard there are some boot sector viruses. I also don't know the "correct" method of thorough reformatting. I've heard about using disk cleaning utilities, zero filling, boot and nuking, low-level formatting, and manufacturer formatting and I'm not sure the way to go. Also, I lost my OS disk. Can anyone please help me? Thanks so much.

My computer specs are:
Microsoft Windows XP Professional Version 2002 Service Pack 2

Answer:Best way to reformat PC?

Probably one of the reasons you got reinfected is you are still using SP2 which no longer is supported by Microsoft and does not receive security updates. You should have updated to SP3 long ago. You can post in the Malware Removal Forum and attach your logs according to the stick post. They should be able to clean your computer and then you can install SP3 along with some additional security software.

One option you may have is to recover the OS to a factory state if you have an OEM computer like HP or Acer using the Recovery Partition if it is available.

Low-Level formatting today basically means to zero out the hard drive. Because you do not have a Install CD, you will not be able to install XP after you zero the drive.The only option available would be a linux distro like Ubuntu. Or purchase an OEM XP disk on ebay.

You can zero out the hard drive a number of ways. Seagate has Sea-Tools for DOS. You can create a bootable disk to zero out your hard drive. You can also use the bootable version Partition Wizard to wipe the disk. Both are iso files that need to be burned to a CD with Imgburn (freeware) or Nero. If you zero out the hard drive, you no longer have to worry about a virus of the MBR. The MBR will no longer exist.

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Question: Should I reformat?

It all started earlier this week when I stupidly clicked on a link sent via msn that I thought was from my brother, titled 'Fatstupidasses'. This in turn went through my contact list and sent itself on. I managed to stop it from sending itself on by uninstalling then re-installing msn.
The trouble is that since then my computer has been very slow, regually freezing, redirecting my internet to a anti-virus site (this site claims that my information is being sent to an outside computer) and having reguler pop-ups.
I have run AVG anti-virus, Avast anti-virus, AVG anti-spyware and Adaware sortware but they are not picking up what is going on.
Is there anything else that I ought to try before giving up and re-formatting?

Answer:Should I reformat?

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Question: XP reformat help

My windows XP is messed up and has a lot of problems, so I want to reformat it. I have reformatted it before, but this time I can't get it to work. Every guide i read how to do it says I need to use my windows xp disk and change my bios settings to boot from disk and then go from there. I change everything and put my windows disk in and restart my computer. When it prompts me to boot from disk, I press enter. For some reason it just causes me to start windows normally instead of sending me to the welcome screen where I can use the recovery console and such. Please help me. Thanks.

PS: this is my first time posting so sorry if it is in the wrong forum. Also, I am kind of a noob when it comes to computers >.<

Answer:XP reformat help

What you want to do is enter your BIOS and set the primary boot device to your CD-ROM (usually d:/) drive.

I would try a System Restore or re-install before a reformat. However, if you don't really care about anything on your computer, a reformat is simplest.

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Question: Reformat Help

Hey guys, Im in quite a dilemma so your help on this would be greatly appreciated.

Ok, so to start off, I have an eMachines. When I purchased it, it didnt come with any physical restore CDs, just a thing called PC Angel. Your supposed to be able to use that and reformat that way, but try and do that (press F11) at boot, it just loads a splash screen saying "PC Angel" with a loading bar, then after a while, it just gives me a blue error screen.

So then I borrowed a WinXP Home CD, to try and use that. It boots up to the disc, it goes right to the install, loads some drivers, then gives me yet another blue screen.

I also Tried to access Norton Ghost at boot, but it just says "Boot Disc Failure"

So then I figured hey, Ill just make a Boot Floppy. I then noticed, for the first time in a Year, that I dont even have a 3 1/2" drive. So I tried to take one off the computer Im using now, and turns out you have to basically break the mother board to get it out, so thats out of the question.

Then I figured I would hook it up as a Slave drive on the computer on currently on, but then i realized, it has SATA Connections, this one is IDE. So I cant take this HD on put it as the master on the other one either.

So none of the XP CDs work, I cant get passed the "Starting up Windows" on the install.

I cant get to a command promt (Or can I?) to type format c:

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Answer:Reformat Help

Hello Clayton,

What error message did you get with the blue screen during the windows installation ? We may need to solve the real problem before we proceed with wiping off everything.

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Need some help. I helped a friend who had a Dell Inspiron Laptop running Windows XP reformat his computer. He had several viruses and it just seemed smart to do a clean install. I went to Dell's site and used the id number to get the exact drivers needed. I also printed off a Dell list showing installation order for success. All has gone well except for a couple of things.

1. I am online but in Device Manager I have under other devices a yellow apostrophe next to the Network Controller. It must be installed or I wouldn't be able to get online. It says the drivers for this device are not installed. Doesn't make sense. Also when I go in to install the Network Broadband driver from the downloaded drivers I get a message saying that if I continue I will uninstall the program. I have reformatted many computers and feel fairly confidant in doing so. This doesn't make any sense.

2. There is no monitors showing that I am connected to the internet down in the right hand side of the tray. I am sure this is directly related to the Network Controller.

3. This laptop is out of warranty so I can't call Dell but I thought all laptops in the last several years had wireless capability. I can't seem to find a way to install the wireless drivers that are "supposed" to be a part of this laptop. When I do it tells me that there is no card available.

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Answer:Need Help with XP Reformat

Please post the model number of the laptop so that we can point you in the right direction

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I am fixing my friends Dell Dimension 8400... 3.4 ghz 160gb hd.
It was infested with spyware to the max, and she just wants a reformat.

I attempt to boot off the XP home disk, and when it says hit ENTER to install windows (reformat my partition), it says "cannot find a hard disk, check connections etc..
How else can i reformat, because i can reach the desktop and use the computer, the hard disk is there, but when i boot off the cd, it cant find it.
or.. how can i fix the problem with the hard disk?

thanks in advance...

Answer:Help With Reformat!!!!!!!

If I am correct the Dell 8400 has SATA RAID array you may need to install the drivers for the SATA controller at the F6 prompt. Do you have the service tag number of the computer?

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Question: Reformat???

my computer is acting up ( as u mite have seen in prev posts) and i am gettin tired of the hassle,,, I have been told to reformat, but it takes me 10 cd r's to bak up all my stuff, so im hoping to fix with out bakking up,,,

i know there must be sum options/tweaks/tricks to get ur system bak to its best performance, ( a basic clean up of all the crap in sttart up menus eyc etc etc)

dai listed a good option to type a command swp /scanner<may be rong
(by the way dai, i did that inserted my windows disk, but the problem still happionin)

tthanks all


What sort of reinstall/restore cd do you have? On some, you can reinstall your OS without deleting all the data by not deleting the data partition.


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Question: Cannot Reformat

My old laptop HP ZE 4240 starting & running super slow. Unable to install or uninstall program due to missing patches. Tried reloading OS on laptop, but error reads my present version newer than one I wanted to load.What to do? Help ! Thanks !Regards

Answer:Cannot Reformat

QuoteTried reloading OS on laptop, but error reads my present version newer than one I wanted to load.It looks like you're trying to reinstall Windows from within Windows.It won't work.You have to boot from Windows CD/DVD

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Alright i don't know this this is the right section , but here i go..
Whenever i try to reformat c to delete files it won't work,it says my system is installed on there and i have windows vista on my D:,and i dont know much about computer . Sortah. Well anyway is there a safe way to reformat c?I just want to reformat C to delete all those junks/applications. Mostly i dont need it cause i have my softwares on D,now i use D.
So how would i reformat C?

Answer:When i try to reformat c.

This is aimed more for multi OS booters. I name all my drives instead of relying on drive letters which change constantly, especially when one has 5 flavours of windows installed.:-D

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Question: XP reformat

Trying to reformat a buddies computer. He's running windows xp and for some reason i can't stop it before windows loads. I put in the windows install disc but i can't seem to boot from the disc either..I was wondering if anyone had any idea how i could change boot priorities to the disc or to reboot from a disc?Any help would be greatly apreciated, i'm a little stumped on this one 

Answer:XP reformat

There are key combinations to hit at bootup to enter the BIOS are listed at the bottom of the screen...Most common ones are F10 F12 or Delete...Once you get into the BIOS you need to select the primary boot device and set the CD drive at 1st......remember after setting it as 1st boot priority to press F10 to save changes and Exit...Then you sould be good to go...

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Similar to everyone else my home laptop computer is "SLGUUISH ".

It was suggested to me that I should unintall and back up files the reinstall windiows to startover fresh - when the computer was new it was fast.

well any way here is my log ..

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 7:49:01 AM, on 11/29/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\ISSVC.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Lanovation\PrismXL\PRISMXL.SYS
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\\bin\tgcmd.exe
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I made a Windows 7 x64 clean install disk to reformat my computer but I may have some issues that need to be clarified. I originally had a 600 GB hard disk on my acer laptop when I decided to install a SSD. I had a space on the bottom of the laptop for an extra hard drive. I decided to take out the hard drive, (600GB) and put it in the reserved space. I installed the new SSD in the spot where the original hard drive was, so now I have the SSD with the Boot files and reserved partition. I also have a 600GB hard drive that is classified as a primary partition. Now if I decide to do a clean install I know the files on the SSD will be overwritten but how about the 600GB hard drive that I keep all my Data on. Will the clean install wipe that too? That is not what I want but because of the fact that it is classified as a Primary partition I keep getting this feeling that windows will wipe it when I choose to do the fresh Clean install with the Windows 7 x64 Digital River SP1 media refresh disk that I burned from the .iso. If you know what will my computer Management look like after I do the clean install. I will leave a SNIP of the way it looks right now and maybe you can tell me what will be left after the install.

Answer:A reformat may be possible

If you want to clean install to Disc 0, which I assume is the SSD, it won't affect Disc 1, the 600 GB drive----IF you select the SSD as the drive on which to install Windows.

The safest and smartest thing for you to do is to completely disconnect or remove the 600 GB drive before beginning the clean install to the SSD. That way, there is no way it could be wiped out.

After the clean install, reconnect the 600 GB drive. It should still appear as D.

The clean install will leave you with just 2 partitions on the SSD: system reserved and C.

You won't have the other two. So you won't be able to "restore" using that recovery partition. You will still be able to use any recovery DVDs you may have if you had to.

I just realized that you currently have C on a logical partition. After the clean install, it won't be a logical any more. Just an ordinary primary partition.

Having that logical partition may cause some issue when you try to clean install. I'm not sure how the installer disc will react to that logical. Ideally, it will give you the opportunity to delete it. The point is that on a clean install, you want to wipe out all existing partitions and you don't want to be forced to install to that logical C partition. Worst case scenario, you use the Diskpart command from the install disc and forcibly get rid of existing partitions on the SSD.

I assume you have a legit "Product Key" to activate the clean installation and realize that a clean install will no... Read more

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Question: Can't Reformat

I have a computer using Windows XP that I want to reformat. I've done this before and have never had a problem. The command "format c:" has worked all the time. Now, with this computer, I get this message after answering "Y" to reformat:"Format cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Format may run if this volume is dismounted first. Would you like to force a dismount on this volume?" So, I answer Yes and absolutely nothing happens, not even a message Is there any way that I can get around this?

Answer:Can't Reformat

You cannot format a drive that is in use...Boot to your XP CD and do it from there...

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I have an IBM Thinkpad T23.

I need to reformat it terribly bad, when I bought it from a friend... it was in dire need then.

I can't reformat tho. It recognizes the DVD-RW/CD-RW drive as removable hardware, as it would a flash drive.

Since it recognizes this drive as such, it doesn't send power to it until windows loads. Thus is the problem.

I can't boot to the CD-ROM with my windows CD in to reformat. Someone please help. No idea how I can reformat.

Thanks again!

Answer:HELP! Can't reformat!

The first thing that comes to mind is the "boot sequence" in the bios.

Press the start button for the PC then while it is starting continually press "F8" untill you get into the bios, then select "boot" and set your CD drive to be the first to boot.

Put your recovery cd in and re-boot, it should the start from the cd.

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In the past week I got an annoying amount of Trojans that let in pop-ups. Trying to fix it I used avast and it required a boot scan, so I did that an deleted the viruses. Unfortunatley that somehow messed with the system and it's is now running than it did before. I'm thinking that the Trojans ha worked their way into the framework.

Seeing as that I don't have any precious documents on there I was considering something. I could
just move my music by using iTunes inter-account sharing software (putting it on my other computer) and moving my papers onto a flash drive. Besides those things I have nothing. I was then going to reformat the computer (I have thedisk to do so), start anew. Does this sound like a good plan? I need it back in shape fast and don't want to waste any time with a professional. I know it's a software only problem.

Answer:Should I just reformat?

Doing a clean install is always a clean quick way of geting a fresh stable system. Just make sure you back up everything you need before hand including drivers for your hardware after the install and any outlook files if you use it.

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Can someone tell me exactly wat to do in order after i reformat?

Like do i need to install the bios first? or do i need to install the chipset..

What do i need to install? what is necessary.. and if i dont follow the other will their be problems??

thnks.. in advanced.

Answer:What to do after reformat?

You need (only) to install the operating system.

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Question: Should I Reformat?

(Sorry if this is in the wrong forum!)

Well, currently I'm using a computer that was passed down by my uncle. It's using Windows XP Home edition, and if I can find my disk, I'm thinking about reformatting. He has a lot of his old programs on here; which all of them I don't use. I also only have 42.9 gigabytes free on my 111 GB hard drive, and I try to have minimal content on here. Most of it is probably his old stuff. I have an external hard drive, so I can backup all the things I need. I have of course never reformatted, so some instructions might be handy! (I'm computer literate, so I don't need any lengthy instructions.) So is it a good idea to reformat? I'm just not sure if I can find a product key, but I'm pretty sure I have a product key stickered to one of my old computers.

I'm also a bit afraid to reformat, because I have never done so and I'm not sure the last time this thing was reformatted, or if it has ever been reformatted at all! I definitely don't need any BSOD's on my personal computer. Not so sure on drivers either...

Answer:Should I Reformat?

Just need to make sure you have the product key before you format and reinstall, without it you'll be stuck with a PC that has no OS. If its a laptop the product sticker should be on the bottom of the case. If its a desktop the sticker should be on the side or back of the case. You'll have to go to your PC's manufacturers website to download and install all of your drivers after you reinstall; and make sure to use windows update to retrieve the latest service pack and hotfixes.

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Question: Trying to reformat

I've had problems in the last few months, unable to send and receive incredimail so I've used my yahoo/at&t mail, blue screen and pop ups saying I'm infected with virus etc... the blue screen and the pop ups have all but gone away since I've used malewarebites and hijack this. Being unable to access sites I've used for years, they don't recognize me and the web host I've used for 10 years went down but he put the files up so we could transfer them to another web host... I tried backing it up until I found another host but I couldn't get all the files and the ones I did get weren't in the correct directories. I signed up for another host but my user and pass are incorrect (??) I tried to delete and resign up and it said user and domain in use (???) even after deletion. It's like I'm invisible. At&t wants $130 to "fix" this. So I thought reformatting it would help. BUT... I can't back up my files, not enough disk space... tried to defrag and was unable because of not enough disk space. Used "Eraser" and deleted a lot of files... photo's, programs etc... instead of more disk space I went from 8% to 1% open!!!?

Am I heading down the right road wanting to reformat? And why can't I defrag or back up?

I am soooo confused
Sandy Lynn


Answer:Trying to reformat

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Question: Reformat c:

My old (five years) pc with XP is slow, slow, slow, and I've attempted reformat, I have the original XP disks and when I try to use them I get a message to the effect that the disks aren't up to date (I guess since there's been four million (exxageration) automatic updates over the years), and the reformat is unsuccessful.  My next step, I guess, is to take the computer up in the tower crane at work and drop it from 400 feet and see if that fixes it.  Next computer, WITHOUT FAIL, will be a Mac.

Answer:Reformat c:

Look here

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Question: how do i reformat?

im trying to reformat and reinstal win2k because my computer is freekin out and geting alot of errors. im all backed up, now how do i reformat! also any advice on reformating and reinstaling the os and all that plz let me know

i got windows 2k

Answer:how do i reformat?

If you boot off the Win 2K disk, you can format the partition you're going to be installing Windows on. Then, after install, you can use Windows Disk management to format the rest of the empty space if you use multiple partitions.

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Question: reformat for XP ??

hi, i will try and put this as i have been told, one laptop with win2000, how do you reformat it so that winxp can be put in... he has said that the boot order has been changed to CD, but it just jumps past it and carries on loading the OS which is in there now.thanks

Answer:reformat for XP ??

you "should" just be able to click Instal from the options on disc when it loads.

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Question: Reformat

Hi,I want to reformat my windows and hard drives, actually I want to reformat all my computer.I have a 1)windows xp 2 CD2)Motherboard 3)Another Cd with a user guide and drive install file.I hope all this will be enough for this.I want to know the exact steps and need guidence for this, I'll print this out, this will be the first time I do this.Thanks


You could get your maid to do this.  Your post was phrased more as an order than a request. This is irritating. Please be more polite in future.Also, have you tried searching for this information?

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I decided it was time to reformat my hard drive so I used a partition tool called Mini Tool Partition Wizard. I'm pretty sure it was successful in wiping my hard drive. The problem is that my Acer only Windows 7 upgrade disk doesn't seem to work. It ran just fine prior to wiping the drive, but now there's nothing. Whenever I start my pc all I see is a black screen with a flashing cursor.

Any idea how I can restore windows 7 on my pc? I would just call Acer support but they expect you to have a pc which is under warranty before they will answer even general questions such as this one. In other words, I thought perhaps I could ask them for some type of recovery disc seeing as how I still have the original disc.

Answer:Reformat gone bad - please help

See here: How to Do a Clean Install with an Upgrade Windows 7 Version

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Question: reformat

This is in response to TonyBot who asked what problem I was having.

A friend of mine gave me a 2 year old desktop HP computer this weekend. It has Windows XP Media for the OS
3.00 Ghz Pentium 4 processor
512 DDR SDram memory
160 GB 7200 RPM Ultra DMA Hard drive
NVidia GeForce FX 5200 video card
DVD ROM Drive (16X)

The hard drive is infected with viruses. Friends more knowledgeable than I suggested I reformat the HD to kill the viruses and reinstall the OS, appropriate drivers and software. I would like to change from XP Media to XP Pro (I'm not ready to move to VISTA) and want to upgrade from 512 to 1 Gig for memory. I've never even reformatted a HD, but understand it's not too difficult. I'm also interested in knowing if there are any serious compatibility issues between the NVidia graphics card and XP Pro.

I realize this isn't the forum to discuss PC problems, but if you can point me in the right direction, I'll go to the appropriate place. Thanks so much!



follow the 5 steps here

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I recently picked up a Dell Dimention 3100 pc from a place that went out of business. It has a network password on it and I think that is why it won't let me reinstall windows. It has windows xp pro on it currently. I could care less about whatever files that may be on it, so that is why I'm trying to just reinstall windows since it came with the disk and serial for windows xp. I know that you don't help with password overriding because of hackers and such, but is my question ok for you guys to answer?

It doesn't seem to want to read the windows installation disk when I start the pc up. On my other pc I have an option to boot from the disk when I press f12, or f8 (I can't recall off hand). With this pc I don't see that option. I get an option on the boot menu to boot from the onboard SATA harddrive, or the onboard USB or cd rom drive. It's not the same as my normal pc and I don't know what to do.

Answer:Help, won't let me reformat

I wanted to add that I think it is a network password because it asks me to press control alt delete to log in, something my other pc doesn't do.

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Hi, I'm a computer newbie. For the past month, my PC has been infected with a virus, cleaned with anti-malware programs, and re-infected again repeatedly. After browsing around for solutions, it seems like I have some "backdoor trojan". So, I've decided I want to reformat and wipe everything clean, making my PC 100% virus free. However, I have a lot of concerns about it. I'm worried that the virus will survive any reformatting as I've heard there are some boot sector viruses. I also don't know the "correct" method of thorough reformatting. I've heard about using disk cleaning utilities, zero filling, boot and nuking, low-level formatting, and manufacturer formatting and I'm not sure the way to go. Also, I lost my OS disk. Can anyone please help me? Thanks so much.

My computer specs are:
Microsoft Windows XP Professional Version 2002 Service Pack 2

Answer:Best way to reformat PC?

Whats the make/model fo the system?

I have never had to do more than to delete and recreate the partition when reinstalling XP on a heavily infected computer.

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just recently reformated, now this:
my laptop, (ASUS A2000, kinda old but sharp) will not hibernate or go into stand by (whatever one it is) when i close the lid. now, when i go into control panel>system performance>advanced there is the option for which i am to choose what i would like my laptop do once it closes and the only option i am able to select is "do nothing", which struck me as odd. oh yeah, XP Home by the way. i have heard of problems in which it goes stand by for a couple of secs and then comes out but in this case it never enters. when i close lid it just continue to run normally. i.e., i can hear avast tell me "virus database has been updated." i shouldnt be able to hear that. as far as i know i have installed all proper drivers and according to device manager all are working properly. even in the window where you can either stand by, restart or shut down the stand by "button" is shaded gray so i cant click it, help!!!
p.s. when i originally installed windows on this machine i never had this issue, same with drivers.

Answer:changes after reformat C:\

Hello Aubrey91638 and welcome to TSF

First I would like you to go to Microsoft Windows Update, and I would like you to get all of you Windows Updates. Make sure to use Microsoft Update and get all your updated drivers to. After doing this I would like you to go to:

1. Start
2. Control Panel
3. Power Options Windows
4. Enable Hibernation and Standby
5. Then go to the General Tab and where it says when I close the lid of my computer, set it to standby

This should fix the issue, just remember to get ALL of the Microsoft Updates.

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