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    Default How to Format C: (system) drive? Need Your Help!

    My Computer's C: (system) drive is used to store the old system Windows XP 32bit. Now, I put the New Windows 8 on F: (system) drive, please tell me how to format C: (system) drive, thank you!

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    Default Re: How to Format C: (system) drive? Need Your Help!

    rubdy, so that there's no misunderstandings, from what I gather of your post, you've installed Windows 8 on a different partition than the one that XP was on. Am I correct?

    If so, what should have been done from the beginning was to format & install where XP was at, using a bootable DVD that was offered at the end of the upgrade process. Or if you had the boxed version with the DVD already there, formatted over where XP is now at.

    Now it looks like you have two choices, if XP is still there, you can dual boot (using each as needed/desired), normally one doesn't have that choice. Unless like myself, I performed the upgrade from 8 RP itself, though I did create media & clean installed 8 Pro. I can now dual boot between Windows 8 & 7.

    Have you tried booting into XP to see if it still runs or not? If it does, & it's no longer wanted, then you'll need a partitioning tool, there are free ones.

    Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.

    Free Bootable CD Now! for above: (last link near bottom of page). This is the preferable method.

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    You'll have to boot from the CD, click onto the XP Partition, first step, choose format, then Apply. Then delete the same way, Afterwards, while still in the bootable app, then move Windows 8 over to where XP was.

    But before doing anything, make sure to create a full disk image of your computer, in case things doesn't go as planned. If you don't have a backup app that you use regularly (I hope that you do), here a good free one. It requires registration, but there's no cost. Be sure to create a bootable CD, otherwise you won't be able to recover, should it be necessary.

    Download Macrium Reflect 5.1.5299 - FileHippo.com

    Any further questions, feel free to ask.

    Cat

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    Default Re: How to Format C: (system) drive? Need Your Help!

    This will not be a straight forward thing. You have to delete the XP partition, then use a 3rd party partitioning app to resize the Win 8 partition back into the old XP partition. The Windows Disk Manager is unable to do this. You will also have to use an app such as EasyBCD or msconfig to fix the MBR.

    People that are unsure what they are doing should ask questions before they start.

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