How to format Windows without installation media?

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  1. ceo54

    ceo54 MDL Junior Member

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    Hello
    Long story short, I've a notebook that has been infected. The virus doesn't let it boot from any device. I was thinking maybe I can format it from DOS and then do a clean install.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
     
  2. LostED

    LostED MDL MIRROR Hardlink

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    are you suuuuuuuuure?


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    can you post some fotos?
     
  3. tonto11

    tonto11 MDL Addicted

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    #3 tonto11, Jan 5, 2016
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    Download an iso of the version you have from the repository here on MDL burn that to a dvd
    Download a version of Hiren's boot cd burn that to a cd/dvd

    boot your computer to the bios
    reset the boot order to boot from the cd/dvd

    as lost ed says you really should be able to do that,

    if you can't do that remove the hard drive
    boot to the cd/dvd, then plug the hard drive back in
    use Hiren to clean the virus off the hard drive
    or failing that reformat the hard drive
    reboot using the installation media you downloaded and install
    apply the key from the sticker in the bottom of the computer
    and you're back in business

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  4. oldsh_t

    oldsh_t MDL Addicted

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    Sounds to me like this is a fairly new computer with UEFI. And is setup so you can't boot from anything............. all in the name of protecting you and your computer:mad:
    Been there done that!!
     
  5. ceo54

    ceo54 MDL Junior Member

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    Yes I'm sure it's a virus causing me trouble. Whenever I plug in a USB, it makes a shortcut on the root folder and copies all the data in the USB within it. Also Before this infection My notebook booted fine with USB.

    I'm not really sure if the DVD drive is in order. Also, can't download anything, if I could I would have downloaded an anti virus's trial version to clean it up.

    any other suggestion?
     
  6. XRobRoyX

    XRobRoyX MDL Junior Member

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    I would take the hdd and plug it in a "safe pc" = pc with no data to loose.
    Delete partitions and format the drive.
    If you have a spare hdd you could put that in and test if you can boot.
    Now put the hdd back and try again.
     
  7. ceo54

    ceo54 MDL Junior Member

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    I've no data to loose, the notebook in question is only used to play games.

    Okey so I've deleted the partitions but I don't know how to format the drive containing Windows without installation media. That is the Original Post.

    After this step, I can just simply commence to install fresh since all the drives have been formated and thus clean.
     
  8. urie

    urie Moderator
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    Short answer you still need to get windows install media for installation.
     
  9. ceo54

    ceo54 MDL Junior Member

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    Yeah that's what I though but kinda immature so I thought maybe better to ask the experts.

    Well, I've installation media but the trouble is I can't boot from it. The Virus ain't letting me boot from any external device even after I changed the boot order in Bios it still boots from the internal drive and yeah this is the virus problem before getting infected I boothed just fine from anything I wanted.

    I'm planning to wipe out entire disk, clean it up and then do a fresh install.
     
  10. Tiger-1

    Tiger-1 MDL Guru

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    Hi dude simple: during boot, press shift +F10 to access cmd then use Diskpart command and apply script recommended by M$ TecNet for make all partitions correctly, no problems, no errors :) in time your system is Bios or UEFI ;)
     
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  11. ceo54

    ceo54 MDL Junior Member

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    Didn't get that part. After a complete wipe out, can't I just make partitions with Win installation USB?

    Also, what's UEFI?
     
  12. tonto11

    tonto11 MDL Addicted

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    It might help if we knew what make and model of computer you're working on.
    We've been giving you general suggestions which could be a lot more focused and helpful
    if we knew what you were working on

    ...T
     
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