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    Default I need to format my HD???!!!

    I saw the techie has a problem but it sems over my head.
    Using XP Home I went into safe mode, typed 'Format C:' said yes and was told Format cannot run as volume is in use by another. Would I like to force a dismount. I said yes and format c: gave me the same answer. My comp. keeps wanting to log on to the net against my wishes. I have tried recovery and that don't work. A little help would be appreciated. Remember, if you give me good advice I will not be able to get back to say thankyou for a while
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    John

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    Default Re: I need to format my HD???!!!

    You can't as u found out format in Windows.

    U need the XP CD.

    And then u have to go into the BIOS, change the bootdisk to cd. And boot from the CD. Wait for the message press a key, then press a key, (once it reboots DON'T press a key again, leave it. Or it'll go round in circles).

    Then it'll go to the setup screen. And then u can format / reinstall from here. Then follow the instructions from then on.

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    Default Re: I need to format my HD???!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by SMs
    I saw the techie has a problem but it sems over my head.
    Using XP Home I went into safe mode, typed 'Format C:' said yes and was told Format cannot run as volume is in use by another. Would I like to force a dismount. I said yes and format c: gave me the same answer. My comp. keeps wanting to log on to the net against my wishes. I have tried recovery and that don't work. A little help would be appreciated. Remember, if you give me good advice I will not be able to get back to say thankyou for a while
    Regards
    John
    I think we need to know why you want to format the C: drive. If you only have a problem with a dial up connection there are better ways of dealing with this problem. Spybot and Adaware are two examples. Have you got a recovery disk as the above post suggests or have you a complete Win XP home disk?

    If you have a full version of WinXP home you can change the boot order in the BIOS and boot off that and reinstall Windows and format the hard drive in the process.

    More info needed to make an informed choice.

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    Default Re: I need to format my HD???!!!

    Thanks Speedy but I am afraid you will have to be more specific, I tried to follow your instructions but I never got a command promp to format. Maybe I am pressing wrong buttons.
    J

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    Default Re: I need to format my HD???!!!

    You dont get a command prompt. Once u boot from the cd, it'll ask u to press a key. You press a key it goes to the setup screen which is blue....

    Watch the boot/post screen for this message. BUT only press a key once.

    What kind of XP CD do you have? Full/Retail/OEM, or haven't you got a cd??

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    Default Re: I need to format my HD???!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by SMs
    Thanks Speedy but I am afraid you will have to be more specific, I tried to follow your instructions but I never got a command promp to format. Maybe I am pressing wrong buttons.
    J
    He was specific.
    However I would have tried running a few antispyware programs first.

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    Default Re: I need to format my HD???!!!

    Hi speedy, it's an upgrade that includes Service pack 1, version 2002
    J

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    Default Re: I need to format my HD???!!!

    I have ben all through the grind of AdAware SpyBot and thoroughly checked with Antivirus. I have been trying to stop the auto logging on for months

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