I am using Windows XP and am trying to format my c: hard drive. However, when I have put in the boot floppy disk and the A: prompt comes up, and pressing enter with "format c:", my pc states "bad command or file name".
I am now stuck, i cant get XP working again or access the c: drive?
I would appreciate any help.
It has been a while since I used a Windows98 Boot disk.. Also are you using a boot disk?
Here is some info: http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000186.htm
I dont remember what the /s is for, but I think you needed something after format C:
Anyways, if you have an XP CD and want to run it to erase your Hard Drive, then hit Delete, F8,F2 depending on your computer to enter system setup.
What you want to look for is Boot Sequence or First Boot. Second Boot. Anything indicating what drives you want and in what order. Just select CD-ROM as your first choice pop in your XP CD and then save and exit.
When the computer restarts it will scan the CD drive to see if it can run, if it can then hit any key to launch. Just follow installation instructions and you should be able to format.
My way of formating is 1.Delete Partion then 2. Install, and it will format for you.
As far as I know you can not run XP installation from Dos.