In this article, you will learn how to delete custom files, folders, and programs on a Windows XP-based computer by using the installation CD and formatting the hard drive. To use the methods described here, find your Windows XP installation disc.
Part 1 of 2: Boot from CD
Step 1. Back up the files you need
Once you delete files from your computer, it is nearly impossible to recover them. Therefore, copy the files to a USB stick or external hard drive.
You can also use a CD-RW disc to write files to it, but the capacity of such discs is much smaller than the capacity of a USB stick or hard drive
Step 2. Insert the Windows XP installation disc into the optical drive of your computer
- If you don't have a Windows XP installation disc, buy (find) it.
- You can also download the Windows XP installation file and burn it to a CD, but in this case, do not forget the product key.
Step 3. Restart your computer
Click Start> Turn Off Computer> Restart.
Step 4. Hold down the Del key or F2 to open BIOS settings.
Perhaps you need to hold down another key; in most cases, the corresponding key is displayed on the screen when the computer starts up in the "Press [key] to enter setup" line.
Also, the correct key can be found on the manufacturer's website or in the instructions for the motherboard or computer
Step 5. Click the Boot tab
Do this with the arrow keys.
The Boot tab may be named Boot Options
Step 6. Select the CD-ROM Drive option
Press ↓ until this option is highlighted with a frame.
Step 7. Make the optical drive the primary boot device
To do this, press + until the "CD-ROM Drive" option moves to the top of the list.
You may need to press another key. To find the correct key, look for the key assignments listed at the bottom of the screen
Step 8. Save your changes
To do this, press the appropriate key, for example, F10. Find the “Save and Exit” line at the bottom of the screen to find out the correct key. The computer will restart and then boot from the CD.
You may need to press ↵ Enter to confirm saving your changes
Part 2 of 2: Formatting the hard drive
Step 1. Press ↵ Enter at the Welcome to Installation screen
The installation process will start.
Step 2. Press F8 to accept the Windows agreement
If you are prompted to press another key, do so.
Step 3. Press Esc when prompted
This will bypass the Restore window.
Step 4. Select the Windows partition
Look for the line "Section 2 (Windows)" (or similar). Press the ↓ key until that line is highlighted.
Step 5. Press Dand then press L.
This will delete the partition that contains the operating system and associated files.
Hints are displayed at the bottom of the screen. Use them if needed
Step 6. Allocate unallocated space (if necessary)
Unallocated space is created in place of the deleted partition.
Step 7. Press Cand then press ↵ Enter.
A new empty partition will be created in place of the unallocated space.
Step 8. Highlight the new partition and press ↵ Enter
This will select the new partition as the partition for the Windows XP installation.
Step 9. Select NTFS as the file system
Use the arrow keys to select the "Format the partition with NTFS (Fast)" option, and then press ↵ Enter.
Step 10. Wait for the hard drive formatting process to be completed
This can take several hours. When the process is complete, follow the instructions on the screen to install Windows XP. Be aware that all files, programs and any other items installed by the user will be removed.