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Ext User(PJ)
05-06-2007, 03:53 PM
I am trying to format my hard drive. It says I have a volume in use. I have
also tried to uninstall but I have missing registration for my windows XP. I
am in safe mode with the C: prompt. My missing info makes it so I cannot log
on th my computer. Please help.

Ext User(Shenan Stanley)
05-06-2007, 03:53 PM
PJ wrote:
> I am trying to format my hard drive. It says I have a volume in
> use. I have also tried to uninstall but I have missing
> registration for my windows XP. I am in safe mode with the C:
> prompt. My missing info makes it so I cannot log on th my
> computer. Please help.

?? What is your actual issue?

To clean install Windows XP - you boot from the CD and delete the
partition(s) and create new partition(s) and you install XP.

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Ext User(Ken Blake, MVP)
06-06-2007, 02:17 AM
On Mon, 4 Jun 2007 22:37:00 -0700, PJ <PJ@discussions.microsoft.com>
wrote:

>I am trying to format my hard drive. It says I have a volume in use. I have
>also tried to uninstall but I have missing registration for my windows XP. I
>am in safe mode with the C: prompt. My missing info makes it so I cannot log
>on th my computer. Please help.


Assuming that your intent is to reformat and reinstall Windows XP, you
are doing it wrong.

You can't format the Windows drive from within Windows, since that
would leave Windows without a leg to stand on.

Just boot from the Windows XP CD (change the BIOS boot order if
necessary to accomplish this) and follow the prompts for a clean
installation (delete the existing partition by pressing "D" when
prompted, then create a new one).

You can find detailed instructions here:
http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

or here
http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org/how_do_i_install_windows_xp.htm

or here http://windowsxp.mvps.org/XPClean.htm

or here http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/clean_install.htm

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Ext User(Bruce Chambers)
06-06-2007, 11:03 AM
PJ wrote:
> I am trying to format my hard drive. It says I have a volume in use. I have
> also tried to uninstall but I have missing registration for my windows XP. I
> am in safe mode with the C: prompt. My missing info makes it so I cannot log
> on th my computer. Please help.


You're trying to format the drive containing the system volume from
within WinXP. You can't. This would be the computer equivalent of
sawing off the tree limb you're sitting on, and WinXP is "too smart" to
allow this.

After backing up any data you wish to transfer to the new OS
installation,, simply boot from the WinXP Home installation CD. You'll
be offered the opportunity to delete, create, and format partitions as
part of the installation process. (You may need to re-arrange the order
of boot devices in the PC's BIOS to boot from the CD.)

HOW TO Install Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;316941

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/clean_install.htm

Then the backed up data can be restored and applications re-installed.


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