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    XP installation

    any clues on how to get XP to reformat the drive during install?

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    Re: XP installation

    Did you try a CLEAN install?
    Check out <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/using/howto/gettingstarted/guide/installnew.asp> IMPORTANT A new installation deletes all programs or system files from a previous installation. </A>

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    Re: XP installation

    Yeah, I looked at this before I started and I have followed the advice, but when I am done I still have a dual bootable system with W2K there too, despite the claims....

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    Re: XP installation

    A clean install will only format the drive that XP is being installed on. Are you telling us that you you want ALL drives to be formated?

    How is your dual boot controled, with NTLDR or a third party like Boot Magic?

    What OS's are you dual booting?

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    Re: XP installation

    maybe. This is all plain vanilla MS stuff, Windows 2000 server, is still bootable and around even though I don't want it to be.

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    Re: XP installation

    What drive is Windows 2000 on and what drive are you installing XP on?

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    Re: XP installation

    both are on c:

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    Re: XP installation

    "both are on c: " are you using a third party boot controler like "Boot Magic"?

    And each OS's can NOT see the other partition?

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    Re: XP installation

    correct. as stated, no BootMagic.

    So let me try another tack, how may I create a bootable diskette in XP?

    (I suppose I could do this in the Server, then manually wipe everything and reboot from diskette to get simple system, then install XP, but I am sure this is not what the boys in Redmond intended.)

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    Re: XP installation

    The best thing to do, is if you have a old Windows 98 boot disk with cd support, boot to it and then format the drive and do a clean install.
    However, if the Win2K is NTFS drive, that is someting else.

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    Re: XP installation

    Thanks. I have the 98 disk (I have 'em all), but W2K is NTFS.

    By the way, many thanks for your suggestions and help.

    But there must be a way to make an xp boot disk... but I can't find makeboot. I gather this doesn't seem like a good idea to you.

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