You will need
- A computer running the Windows operating system, bootable disk Live CD Windows
Find on the Internet (or familiar) image of a bootable disc Live Cd of Windows and burn it to a blank DVD or create a bootable USB flash drive. In this case please note that the Live CD was created on the Windows XP kernel.
The main difficulty in removing Windows is that the operating system does not delete itself, there is a system folder. In order for such an opportunity, you should boot from another media such as an optical disk or USB stick. To start the computer with the help of these media, go to settings BIOS (hit F2 or Del when the computer boots). In the tab Boot, select the order in which the devices so that the optical drive or USB device was the first.
Boot the computer from the Live CD. This process is longer than a normal boot from the hard drive, you must wait for it to end.
Then run "file Manager". Go to the system drive, usually drive C: and delete folders Windows, Program Files and Users. It should be noted that files stored on the desktop and in folders My documents, My pictures and so on, are in the folder "Users". Before deleting this folder will store essential data elsewhere. Also instead of deleting you can rename the folder "Users", calling it a different name, for example, "Copy", but in this case, saved a lot of unnecessary information, you will have to remove later.
Delete all system files in the root directory of drive C: and after these operations on your system partition will be only files and folders, and you can install a new operating system without formatting.
Advice 2: How to load Windows from BIOS
You can install an operating system in several ways. Inexperienced users often start it from your desktop. This often leads to the fact that the old OS is not deleted, but simply a new install over the old one. In the end, the user receives two operating systems, and installed on the same hard disk partition. Much better is to start OS boot from the BIOS.
You will need
- - boot disk with Windows.
Turn on the computer. Immediately after this, press the Del button. Instead of the usual turn on your computer you will find yourself in the BIOS menu. If you have a laptop, instead of the Del key can be other options. You can find this information in the manual to the laptop or on the official website of the manufacturer.
In the BIOS with the arrow keys on the keyboard (the mouse is disabled) select Boot Device, and figure 1. Press Enter. From the list of available devices, select the CD-ROM. Then in the main BIOS menu select Exit and press Enter. After that, a dialog box will appear that asks you to save the settings. In this window, select Save and Exit. The computer will reboot.
Insert into the optical drive of the computer disk with the operating system. It must be bootable, otherwise the download just will not start. If there is a window startup disk, close it. Then restart the computer. Now when it is turned on, the operating system will automatically begin to boot. But a situation may arise when on the screen appears the inscription Press any key. In this case to activate the boot disk you need to press any key on the computer keyboard. Wait until the first dialog box. According to the hints "Masters" install the operating system on your computer.
Next you need to restore the settings back, because the presence in the drive of any drive when enabled, will slow down the computer starts. After your operating system is installed, again go to BIOS menu, but this time the Boot Device as a first source boot the computer (figure 1) install your hard disk. When you exit the BIOS save settings. The computer will reboot. Now its inclusion will occur in normal mode.
Advice 3: How to create Windows live usb
Convenience Windows Live CD is confirmed by many users who had several times to reinstall the operating system Windows XP. A convenient option is the possibility of creating a bootable USB drive.
You will need
- - WinSetupFromUSB;
- - Hirens Boot CD.
Download and install on a computer dedicated application WinSetupFromUSB. Run the program and enter your removable USB drive in the opened application window.
Use the built-in utility Bootice to create a bootable partition on the drive and click Parts Manage. Click ReFormat USB disk in the Operation tab and use the check boxes in the fields USB-HDD mode and Allign to cylinder dialog box.
Confirm saving the changes by clicking Next, and select NTFS in the drop-down menu of the new File System dialog box. Type the desired volume name in the Vol Label line and confirm your selection by pressing the OK button.
Wait for the completion of the disk formatting and return to the main window of the utility Bootice. Update USB media by clicking the Refresh button, and use that appears, click Process MBR.
Apply the check box on the field GRUB4DOS 0.4.5 b MBR in the next dialog box and click Install/Config. Use the Save to Disk button in the next window and confirm the action selected in the alert window by clicking the OK button.
Again, return to the main window of the utility Bootice and click Process PBR. Apply the check box on the field GRUB4DOS 0.4.5 b in the dialog box and confirm your selection by pressing the button Install/Config. Click the OK button in the last window and exit the utility.
Return to the main window of WinSetupFromUSB application and specify the path to the installation files of Windows XP in the line Windows XP Setup. Specify the path to the image Hirens Boot CD in the string Parted Magic... Press the GO button.
Wait for Job Done message and close the application. Disconnect the drive and then start downloading it. Select Windows XP Setup in the window boot loader GRUB4Dos and select the First Part... in the next dialog box.
After the reboot, proceed with booting from removable media and select the Second Part... In the next dialog, use the Start command HBCD... and select "disk Breakdown" in the final the Downloader window.