Recently a family friend has given me an old desktop computer that they no longer needed. Since I already have both a Laptop and a desktop, I decided to give my old desktop to my nephews. While attempting to wipe the computer I came across the following issues;
When I inserted the Windows XP Pro disc and attempted to re-install the operating system (hence wiping everything off it) it came up and said: ‘Can not install Windows as the version on the computer is newer then the version on the disc’. As I am positive that it is the right disc I thought that maybe the fact that I had installed SP3 onto it (the disc is only SP1) I removed SP3 and all the programs. When I tried again I got the same message saying that the OS on the computer is newer then the one on the disc.
I then decided that I would probe the internet for any information helping me to remove the OS, or wipe the computer without the Windows disc. The only helpful things I could find was to either: Install a version of Linux on to the computer and then delete the portion containing windows, then reinstall windows and delete the portion that had Linux… or use “Darik’s Boot And Nuke”. Darik’s Boot And Nuke was a bit extreme as it would actually permanently erase the hard disk and replace it with random 1 & 0s, when all I wanted was to wipe/format it.
If anyone could help me in any way, I would very very very much appreciate it. Also if anyone knows why the issue is occurring with my Windows disc, I will be forever grateful.
Thanks in advanced.