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Old 12-27-03, 06:22 PM
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My computer won't let me formate the HD?

I've got a Dell Latitude D800 notebook running XP.

It has so much damned spyware and a few viruses AVG can't seem to get to. Futhermore there's constant requests to debug using internet explorer. I have no idea how to fix all these problems, so I just want to start fresh.

Problem is right clicking on C:/ drive and choosing the format option I get a message that the disk is being used and can't format.

Isn't there just a free program I can download to do this?
Old 12-27-03, 06:25 PM
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why don't you download adaware and/or spybot to get rid of the spyware?
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did the computer come with recovery cds or an actual XP cd?
if so you can probably boot with the cd in the drive and reformat and reinstall from there
backup any data first
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Do you have a windows XP CD? If so, from the CD itself you can format the HD, but you must first boot from the CD. If not here's the link for the XP boot disk creators:

XP Home

XP Pro

Just run the program and insert the floppies as prompted. Then when you're done creating the floppies, just boot from the first one and follow the onscreen instructions to format and install XP again.

Hope that helps.
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I've been using a free download called Xclean, it works but it's not long before ads show up again.

I think what I have is recovery CD's cause they all say Dell on them. I reinstalled XP and all the drivers last night with these CD's. Unfortunately, I still get requests to debug in explorer and I noticed in Program Files folder lots of files are left over from the previous installation.

I downloaded the XP home file then opened it. I get a dos promts that asks for a floppy drive directory. I have CD-RW but no floppy drive. Do I need to go buy a USB floppy drive?

Thanks for all your responces :-)

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