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Nara on March 27, 2005
Reformating Windows XP Home Edition

Mm.. Alright.. I've never reformatted a computer before, and have tried getting help from friends who've done it before, but when describing to them what I have showing on my screen, they get lost.. Would any of you out there be able to tell us exactly what to do to reformat an EMachine? So many viruses have ravaged this poor thing, and it needs reformatting badly.
Robin on March 30, 2005
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hi Nara...

I want to tell u that i have an E-Machine too... and that it can be formated normally and easyly if u know the propper way of formating a computer... if it's a windows XP all u need is put the cd in and restart ur computer , u'll boot from the cd, and follow the procidures...
after it is installed u'll need to install the drivers...
note: U'll have to backup ur data on cd's or floppy's b4 doing this thing, or u'll loose all ur work...

Good Luck
josh edwards on April 2, 2005
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hi i lost my reformatting disk what do i do now?
Remus on May 28, 2005
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Hey Josh,

all i can say is i hope you have youre serial number it is always an excellent idea to keep it as you will need it.. if so then call microsoft and provide them with the key and they shall send you a new cd

Good Luck
Leisha L Marler on May 30, 2005
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got a friend who has a emachine and her disk that came with it...problem is she states she has a few virus's.... her emachine will not start up for her... she says it does however once in awhile decide to work. she said it also double types and usually just shuts down when ever it decides and it wouldnt read the disk when she inserted it to reformat the pc. i told her try to boot the machine with the cd's in the cd drives to begin with.... any one have any previous expierence with this type of situation???Looking for any base line knowlege to assist her with her sick emachine!
Leisha L Marler on May 31, 2005
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Went and took a look at this emachine...It was full of dirt and dust. I cleaned it out and it began to work again... I believe by the amount of dust it was overheating..... It ran fine for 24 hours then today my friend went and tried to turn the machine on and it lights up all keyboard lights and flashes them constantly...the pc also beeps short constant beeps.... her mouse wont work either... is this maybe the card, ram, or just the keyboard bad??? anyone know......?????
jamie on July 5, 2005
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i have a problem with my pc its a mess i need to reformat it but my dic drive aint workin cos the virus as taken over it i think windows media aint workin or n e thing else i cant even change my wallpaper bk can n e 1 tell me if i can reformat it without a disc cheers
Michael on July 7, 2005
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Er Hi,

I lost my reformating disk in the recent hurricanes and i called Hp ( i own a Hp ZE4400 laptop ) and they said the only way to get a new one is to pay 36$ ( only credit card way ) is thier possibly another way to obtain one ^^?

PS: dont mind typos and um.. WTF dosent my laptop have a floppy drive X__x!
tom on July 14, 2005
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hi i have spyware on my computer and was trying to reformatit my friend told me to delete the ntsf file on my computer then change the bios so that it would boot from hard disk first then put cd in and resart my computer .....and i was woundering do i have to un instal windows xp first or not

all do i have to install the drivers and utilities,operating systemand the applications cd before it will work again
joyce cameron on August 25, 2005
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i lost my cd for my windows xp 98 edition how do i get one to go with my product number on it thank you joyce cameron
jay on September 3, 2005
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i wanna reformat my comp but i just need directions to do it cause i have no clue how to start it or anything.. all i know is that i have 3 cds that i guess i need they are
1,windows xp restore cd 1
2,windows xp restore cd 2
3,Device driver
AND on each of the cds it says VPR matrix if that is any help
Ben on September 30, 2005
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"i lost my cd for my windows xp 98 edition how do i get one to go with my product number on it thank you joyce cameron "

Call microsoft techsupport. Tell them you lost your cd. They will ask you for the Product Key on the side of the case to make sure you really own windows. They will send you a new one. Not sure if they will charge you though.
Frank Johnson on October 8, 2005
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Good Service
arlis littlewind on October 11, 2005
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Our computer was working fine until one day it just shut
down. It says that win is either lost and corrupted?
Does anyone know what that means? I've asked
around and they think that it either got deleted or has a
virus. I would really appreciate the input.
Celine on October 13, 2005
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Hey. I have to reformat my comp. I have backed up my pictures and import. doc's. Now do i just insert the "ReInstallationCD Microsoft Windows XP Home Incl Service Pack 1" Disk?
And do i have to change the BIOS first or document my current system drives and software?
evett on October 17, 2005
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I want to reformat my emachine that has windows xp home edition on it, and I want to put windows 98 on it instead, Can I do this? If so How? I need step by step instructions, I am not computer lit.
Jayme on November 12, 2005
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Ive got an emachine xp home and want to reformat it but got no cd or product code, any1 know how to do dis without any of these plz
Ben on November 12, 2005
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"Jayme
Ive got an emachine xp home and want to reformat it but got no cd or product code, any1 know how to do dis without any of these plz
"

Windows stores your product key and you can get it out with software.

http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml

This program will tell you the product key that was entered in during installation. Run it, write it down, and DONT lose it.

Next call microsoft techsupport and tell them you lost your cd and you need a new one, they will ask for your product key, give them the one you found with the program. It will cost about $10 but they'll send you a new one.

Another alternative is that if you know a friend with XP Home you can use their CD ONLY IF you use your product key that you found. You can even make a copy of the CD for yourself, because is not the cd that liscenced it is the product key.
james on November 23, 2005
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i have a relevent question. how do i know if the disk i have is the reformatting disk? im a teenager so i dont realy know what to look for to tell me if i have the correct disk.
Ben on November 26, 2005
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If is says Windows Installation, or if it says Operating System, or System Resore, then it is a copy of windows installation. ALL windows installation disks have an option to reformat the drive during the install process.
Corbo on December 2, 2005
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I'm trying to restore my other computer using the Restore CDs that came with it. Win XP Home. The computer will not boot from either of the 2 Restore CDs, even though CD-ROM Drive is first in the Boot Device Priority list in BIOS.
The CD-Rom is working, and there is no floppy disk in the floppy drive.
Corbo on December 4, 2005
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If anybody's interested, after trying many methods during many frustrating hours, I finally decided to think outside the box. I took the hard drive out of the computer and installed it as the master hd of another computer, one which actually booted from the CDROM using the boot CD, and ran Windows Setup that way. Afterwards I switched it back and Windows detected a ton of new hardware, but it's all peachy now. Drivers can be installed with XP or downloaded, but getting the OS on the hd first is the important thing.
Ben on December 4, 2005
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Gorbo;
This method "CAN" work sometimes. However microsoft saw this as a piracy risk and made it so that if to much hardware changes from one boot to the next it will become unactivated (for full copies, not dell or gateway setups), or will cease to boot entirely even in safe mode. The method you chose will ONLY work if it is a oem install (Ex. Dell Or Gateway restore disks), and the two computers are similar. Windows cares the most about processor and motherboard change and if they are two far apart windows will not boot. You got lucky, but for anyone else wanting to try this be sure you're willing to spend the time to do it twice as it might not work.
Corbo on December 4, 2005
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Oh wow I was unaware of that. For the record I installed -using a full copy of XP home- on a computer with an AMD Athlon, and very different specs than the computer the hd came from, one with a Celeron. I did use the serial key from the Celeron machine though.
The only problem I ran into was the SM Bus Contoller couldn't find drivers to install, but after SP2 and all the updates it resolved itself.
Maninder malhi on December 14, 2005
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hi my computer does not work.i need help beause my window is not working. when i put it on to safe mode. always comes blue. or please call me on this number? 905 856 2572.
sohail khan on December 14, 2005
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hi, my computer was badly infected so i tryed to reboot
my windows by borrowing a window cd from a friend. i
was almost done with the process when something bad
happend.when the compuetr asked for the product key
,i could not find it i checked everywhere on my
computer .please help me .my computer isnt even
working now so please someone tell me what to do
Ben on December 14, 2005
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"Maninder malhi":
You will most likely need to reformat your drive and reinstall windows. If there is any way to back your files now do so because a reformat will completely destroy your files.


Here is link about windows installation that is pretty good.
http://pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=1435
It does not cover reformating though. To do that: during the windows setup, where it shows you your harddrives and their partitions, chose to remove the partition with your corrupted windows. Then create a new partition in its place and continue with the guide from there.
Ben on December 14, 2005
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"sohail khan"

Did you reformat or repartition the drive? If not you might be able to grab the code out of the old windows with this:
http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml

If you did erase your harddrive you may have completely lost your code. One last option is to call techsupport for your computer, ex: Call Dell if its a dell or gateway of its a gateway. They "MIGHT" be able to give you a new one.
And as a "LAST" resort, buy a new copy of XP and use the code from it.
kain45 on January 1, 2006
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Hello everyone,
Ive been reading over all the questions listed and i notice a lot of questions about finding the windows serial key and a lot of people seemed to have suggested that magicaljellybean key finder thing. Well i thought i would test it out on my friends computer.
I downloaded the program and ran the key finder and the serial # the program gave me is not the same # as on the windows serial key sticker thats on the case. Did anyone else seem to come to the same conclusion? Or did i do something wrong? Please help me, thank you.

Mark
Ben on January 2, 2006
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It gave me my serial code and all codes on all the computers i've ever used it on. I'm not sure why it would give you any other code, unless the code on the side of your case is NOT the code that was used during windows installation.
seb on July 26, 2006
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um i have the windows xp home edition boot disk but its not working and it stops at different times and doesnt get me to the part where it says press enter to reformat and things like that. My friend says that there is a floppy disk i can use instead of my boot disk but um does anyone have any ideas?
Ben on July 27, 2006
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Try using a friend's disk. You can use ANY windows xp home disk as long as you use YOUR product key. (please ignore if it is Dell or HP specific, they do that sometimes) Your problem "might" be the disk itself. However, if it still does not work with another disk you may be having bigger problems than just installing windows; anything from overheating to bad ram to a bad motherboard, to.. the list goes on. If you cant make it work with a friends disk and you are not comfortable with diagnosing hardware failures I would recomend having it looked at. I am telling you this because windows installation will only fail if its a bad disk or major system issues are occuring, I've dealt with both. As far as the floppy thing; yes they do exist. however they are designed to allow installation on a computer that does not support booting from CD-ROM. The installation still occures from the CD and if you have a bad cd, that didn't get you anywhere. I hope this helps, I can't give you a more clear answer without getting more info on exactly what is happening during the install process.
Russel on September 6, 2006
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I have lost my cd to reformat my computer but what if it's Compaq or Gateway is it the same as Windows XP ? Because on the side of my computer case it is stated Windows XP Home Edition what can i do ?



Thanking for those are concerned about this ;)
Brad on October 2, 2006
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i dont think i got a reformating disk with my windows xp i could of lost it though any help?
Frederick Brown on April 10, 2007
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hey check this out folks i have boot disk and (brand new), im trying to refomat but i get there and only 20 percent gets done the rest i dont know ok one more time it only gets to 20 percent and nothing else happens ....any help people ...?
Gary Olson on April 20, 2007
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Hello, I have a eMachines T2082 and I have the 2 restore disks. I
want to use them to reformat and a friend of mine said to put it
into my computer when I start it. But it won't read the disk. What
do i do.
thomson on July 5, 2007
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I have a emachine computer and My computer is very infected It turns off when I start it and now I accidently removed the graphic driver and I don't know how to get it back I am only 13 years old what Do I do please help
julieann on August 18, 2007
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how to refomat windows xp?
Maria on September 24, 2007
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I'm just looking for the code for Mircosoft Windows XP Home EDITION
Maria on September 24, 2007
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I'm just looking for the code for Mircosoft Windows XP Home EDITION
awat salih on October 6, 2007
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hi i losted a instalation cds for laptop-e machince home adition service pack2 any body can uploading for me and sent to by email for me ,please i needed because my compiuter dosent working with out them..thanks alot
Jeremy on October 27, 2007
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My computer stopped working....It turns on then flashes a screen saying a NDRL file is missing and wont even boot up. I have a disc but no product key........Please someone help. Im going crazy without a computer.
HB on December 22, 2007
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hi everyone
I have losted my serial code for windows xp
what can I do to get one do I have to call microsoft and ask for another one or what help please I had to reformate and all I was able to put on this thing right now was my old 98 and it really bites because I cant get any thing to work right with it its just to old so if anyone knows what I can do besides call them please let me know if not Ill call thanks all hb
PO KOUR on December 23, 2007
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My comp is laptop ZV5000 this comp back sticker HAVE PRODUCTFOR WINDOW XP HOME EDITION.i dont think i got a reformating disk with my windows xp Home edition i could of lost it though any help?i have formating HDD ready Please someone help me.
PO KOUR on December 23, 2007
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My comp is laptop ZV5000 this comp back sticker HAVE PRODUCTFOR WINDOW XP HOME EDITION.i dont think i got a reformating disk with my windows xp Home edition i could of lost it though any help?i have formating HDD ready Please someone help me.
Nick on March 23, 2008
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My 9 Yr son's emachine T3085 is on the blink. He constantly downloads games from net. I get a blue screen with error (some virus). Tried to boot from another XP CD(this computer didn't come with OS CD) to Reformat. Won't boot to CD
with (F2, F10 or any other key). Please help.

Thanks, Nick
Jean- A man 20 on June 6, 2008
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my Emachine pc needs to be reformat and i dont wanna buy no cd because it costs $20. is there a way that i can clean it up with out the cd? if you got a way to do that please call me on my cell phone:718-640-0826
alan dorrell on June 7, 2008
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my computer the sounds have gone and i dont know how to get it back
Paul on June 19, 2008
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Hello ,

ok i need a little help i just reformatted due to virus sadly
i used my CD that came with it and all after i did there was something wrong i didn't have sound or anything i was able to get my sound by downloading a program but i have errors and other stuff on my computer that i dont know how to fix i have feeling its cuz of my hard drive my hard drive failed about a year ago and i had to get it replaced i have tryed putting the CD in and repaired the stuff thats not working and everything but i dont know what to do
my friend told me to download " driver detective " and it will help on whats not working this is what i says

the following are " out of date " and they will not update
IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers
-Standard dual channel PCI IDE controller
-VIA bus Master IDE controller
Network adapters
-Realtek RTL8139 family PCI fast Ethernet NIC
System devices
-(8) PCI standard ISA bridge
-Universal serial bus controllers

i have errors in the following
Other devices
-CIF single chips
-PCI simple communications controller
-Video controllers(VGA compatible)
-(2) VIA Rev 5 or later USB universal host controller

it has update options but it cost $30 for this program so i rather not do that cuz i dont have $30

Thank you for your help
Eric on June 19, 2008
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Hi Paul,

I don't think you need to update any of those drivers that are marked as being "out of date". I would suggest installing the driver for your video card (the Video controller (VGA compatible). Just go to the website of the manufacturer of your video card and look for a driver that you can download for your particular model of video card.

Eric.
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