reformat from Windows XP PRO, so can install Windows XP Home retail. This is due to the computer being given and dont have the cd to repair or re-install for fresh use.

Was given a computer running WINDOWS XP PROFESSIONAL SRV PK 3. Would like to format the HardDrive so as to be able to be used as a fresh new computer, since the harddrive is 3/4 full and the version on it was not given with the computer, have own WINDOWS XP HOME RETAIL and need to reformat the drive to take the software. I have done the boot from CD but it continues to tell me that the version currently running on the computer is newer than the one being installed and then quits the install.
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On Thu, 30 Dec 2010 18:39:10 +0000, fordelf75 wrote:
 
> Was given a computer running WINDOWS XP PROFESSIONAL SRV PK 3. Would like to format the HardDrive so as to be able to be used as a fresh new computer,
 
 
Good. You should always do that whenever you acquire a used computer.
The risks are very great if you don't.
 
 
> since the harddrive is 3/4 full and the version on it was not given with the computer, have own WINDOWS XP HOME RETAIL and need to reformat the drive to take the software.
 
 
You don't reformat as a first step before installing Windows. You
simply do a clean installation, and doing that begins by reformatting
the drive for you.
 
Just boot from the Windows CD (if necessary, change the boot order in
the BIOS to make the CD drive first) and follow the prompts for a
clean installation.
 
 

Ken Blake (MS MVP)
Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP since October 2003

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