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greenie
Posted: March 19th, 2011, 9:19pm Report to Moderator
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Ok I've been running around here trying to make this work and haven't figured out how yet.

Have an old PC running XP, has a CD drive but no burner. Want to get rid of it but I want to wipe it off completely first. Don't have XP disk, but have Win2k disk. It says I can't install older version of windows. Tried reading about how to format completely and then do a fresh install but it seems I need to make a boot cd or something? I don't have a cd burner...

Anyway, the end goal is to get rid of this computer. I won't let it out of my possession unless it is wiped clean. I have a desperate broke friend who could use a computer and if possible I'd like to have an OS on there so she can use it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Posted: March 21st, 2011, 1:58pm Report to Moderator
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   The Win2K disk should have what you need on it.  Start the computer with the Win2000 disk in the CD drive.  It will want to install Win2000 on it, but you do not want to do that yet.  First you must format the drive.  Exit out of the instalation program and then find the format.exe file on the CD.  You can use it to format the harddrive.  You may need to learn how to get around in DOS.
   Once the harddrive is formatted, then all of your old data will be gone and you will have no problem installing Win2000.
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