having trouble formatting hard drive

  Bodice 22:14 12 Jun 05

it keeps saying some programs are in use even though ive ended everything, the one time it did work nothing happened.
im running windows me

  Zaphod Beeblebrox 22:40 12 Jun 05

ok it sounds like you are trying to format while windows

1st off you will need to get a boot disk ttp://click here
2nd set your machine to boot from the floppy in the bios
3rd make sure you have backed up anything you want to keep make sure you have all nescacery disks Ie Windows ME full install
turn your pc off insert floppy reboot machine
at the A:\prompt type format C:\ (note space between format and C:\

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:41 12 Jun 05

You cannot format the drive the op system is on, from the op system.

To format your C:\drive and reinstall windows boot from the windows boot (rescue) floppy disc. select with CD rom support at the a:\ prompt tpye format c:
then run E:\setup from the CD (remember the loaded tools push the CD letter back D:\ becomes E:\)

  Bodice 22:45 12 Jun 05

thanx ill have a go

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