Reinstall Windows on a PC

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by sionharris, May 11, 2007.

  1. sionharris macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2006
    My girlfriend is selling her computer tomorrow so I need to delete everything that is on it and reinstall Windows. I've used Google and read through the Windows instruction booklet but cannot find anything that explains how to remove Windows from your machine. I have also never installed Windows before so would appreciate an idiot's guide on how to do this.

    Many thanks.
  2. sionharris thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2006
    I should add that I found these instructions but I'm not sure how easy the 'onscreen instructions' will be. It also seems like there should be a much simpler way to delete Windows.

  3. Deinonychus macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2005
    You could always just insert the Windows CD into the computer and boot up into it, assuming the BIOS supports booting to a CD.

    There, you should be able to delete the installation from the hard drive and reinstall Windows.
  4. SMM macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2006
    Tiger Mountain - WA State
    Hopefully you have the original disk, or a version which supports this type of operation.
  5. sionharris thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2006
    Yep, I booted from the CD, deleted the old partition and am currently installing Windows again on a new partition. Surprisingly easy, really.

    Oddly, when I tried doing this by loading the installation CD in Windows, it said something along the lines of, "You cannot perform this operation because you have a more recent version of Windows installed" - presumably because we had SP2.

    Anyway, we are now rid of Windows. Which is nice.

    Thanks for the help.

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