Format option not showing up in Windows XP drive partition

Nov 21, 2018
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I have a friend who is trying to wipe his Windows XP laptop, but needs to format his hard drive, and his partitions don't have the format option when he right clicks.
 
Your friend should be able to find a local high-school kid who could help, or take to a local Best Buy and let the Geek Squad charge him for something that Google can help with for free. This really is pretty easy.

Is this friend older or disabled? If so, there may be local resources that can assist as well.
 
Nov 21, 2018
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No, he's just very computer illiterate. I'm pretty experienced and even I didn't know what you were talking about. I mean, we are both freshman in high school, and my high school tends to have computer illiterate people.
 
Nov 21, 2018
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Well, his parents bought a veterinarian's office, and they're trying to wipe their equipment so they can have it under their name and things like that.
 
Sounds like he is just going to re-install Windows. If that is the case, I wouldn't use XP for business use unless there is a compelling reason to keep XP. It is no longer being updated by Microsoft. Windows 7 or newer should be used.

During the installation process for Windows, you can remove existing partitions. Very simple process.
 
Nov 21, 2018
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I don't really think they'd want to buy a windows 7 key, and he doesn't know how to install Windows. I only know how to install Windows 10 soo yeah.
 
Nov 21, 2018
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Now he's saying that they want to wipe it because they want to try and sell it, but considering it isn't up to today's standards it won't be good to sell.
 
Nov 21, 2018
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I mean, he could use the setup transfer via USB method, but this laptop has no WiFi support, and his house has no ethernet at all I don't think.
 

I assume you are referring to downloading Dban ISO to write to a USB drive. Yes, that is required.

Does he have a bootable DVD (or thumb drive) for any version of Windows? If so, what version?
 
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