Re: reformat XP PC

From: Lanwench [MVP - Exchange] (
Date: 08/30/04

Date: Mon, 30 Aug 2004 12:03:34 -0400

If you boot from the XP CD and choose Install, you can delete the existing
system partition, recreate it and use it to install. It will prompt you to
format - I'd use NTFS.

You've backed up your data first, right?

nic wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a dumb question but just want to make sure I'm not
> doing something wrong. We have an XP Pro machine that has
> some major issues. I am planning on just reformatting
> the drive and then reinstalling. When I boot to the XP
> CD, I don't see any option where I can reformat. I have a
> Win98 DOS boot disk that I could boot to and use the
> format utility (I also believe the Win2k boot disk has the
> format utility). I was suprised you couldn't do it with
> just the XP CD. Am I missing something?
> Thanks.