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Pretty severe Vista problem.

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posted on Dec, 10 2007 @ 06:58 PM
Perhaps the most severe Vista problem one can encounter. To put it plainly, I can't delete it.

Got a new PC a couple months ago. It came with Vista. At first, I didn't mind the new OS and didn't understand why it was getting so many negative reviews.

A few months later I'm absolutley sick of it and the problems involved with it and would like to move on.. or move back to XP.

Thats when I discovered Vista can't be deleted.. as far as I know, atleast.

So am I wrong? Is there a way to get this... this VIRUS off my computer?

posted on Dec, 10 2007 @ 10:16 PM
Just format your hard drive and install a new version of XP....

I did it and it worked just fine...

I did however go back to Vista after i upgraded to Premium and have just ordered "Ultimate"...

Anyway, if you format your hard drive and start clean you should have no problems...


posted on Dec, 10 2007 @ 11:56 PM
I must be doing something wrong then. How does one format their hardrive. I'm sure I could find an answer quickly by googling it but for the sake of conversation, to format your hardrive don't you just type format C: in command prompt? When I do that I get a message that says "System partition is not allowed to be formatted."

Thanks for the help, I'll take a look around a little more.

posted on Dec, 11 2007 @ 12:36 AM
You can't format the hard drive from the command prompt while the operating system is running.

Best of Luck

[edit on 12/11/07 by makeitso]

posted on Dec, 11 2007 @ 06:57 AM
It's probably overkill and I am sure there are a hundred easier ways but here is how I do it...

I shut my machine down and pull the hard drive...

I connect the Hard Drive to a External HDD Box and hook it up to my laptop...

I can then go into "Computer Management" on the Laptop and format the Hard Drive....

Seems like a lot of work, but it always works for me...


ps.. A good external Hard Drive Case is around 35.00..USD... I use "Mad Dog"


posted on Dec, 11 2007 @ 08:50 AM
Go into your BIOS and change the boot partition to CD/DVD drive and put your XP CD in the drive, reboot and choose to repartition/format the drive. Have a nice upgrade back to XP.

posted on Dec, 11 2007 @ 12:12 PM
sar is correct, that IS the correct method.

That said, the first thing you must do is backup all your data you don't want to lose-music/video's/documents/pictures..............

After that, you need to identify all the hardware in your computer:
motherboard, sound card, video card ,nic card...........................

You will also want to have your antivirus and other protection software ready.

After you reinstall and get all the drivers in-remember to look for xp drivers, you can add your protection software.

Once that is done, you can add xp SP2 and direct x 9c-predownload them.

The first place you go when online is update all your security software...and reboot

when that is all done, you can get the 50 billion-hehe- microsoft updates.

I hope this helps.

posted on Dec, 11 2007 @ 05:43 PM
Thanks guys. I was going about formatting the wrong way. XP... I'm coming home.

posted on Dec, 11 2007 @ 09:17 PM

My way works too...

I know it's the rookie way, but it does work...LOL


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