INSTALLING WINDOWS XP WITHOUT A CD DRIVE

Written by Sam McGeown on 14/3/2008 · Read in about 1 min (136 words)
Published under Microsoft

When the Dell engineer said “they’ve asked if you can reinstall the OS” my heart sank. Not because I felt like he was weasling out of work - unusually they were very helpful. Not because installing XP is a hard task, I’ve done it over 100 times on all sorts of hardware.

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  <font size="2"><strong>n:\></strong> <em>Aefdisk 1 /delall /formatfat /pri:1024:6 /ext:0:7</em></font>
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  <font size="2">Woah woah woah! What&rsquo;s all that?! The command runs &ldquo;Aefdisk&rdquo; on&nbsp;hard disk &ldquo;1&Prime;&nbsp;with the &ldquo;/delall&rdquo; flag, which deletes any exisiting partitions, &ldquo;/formatfat&rdquo; which formats the&nbsp;next partition FAT. &ldquo;/PRI&rdquo; is a primary partition, &ldquo;:1024&Prime; is the partition size, &ldquo;:6&Prime; is the&nbsp;hex partition&nbsp;type which in this case is FAT16 >32mb. &ldquo;/ext&rdquo; is an extended partition, &ldquo;:0&Prime; tells it to use all remaining space on the drive, &ldquo;:7&Prime; is the partition type which is NTFS.</font>
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