How to Reformat and Reinstall Windows XP on a Panasonic Toughbook CF-Y7

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The ToughBook line of laptop computers by Panasonic are designed to take a beating. The keyboard is resistant to spills and the computer can survive up to a 30-inch drop. Despite its tough exteriors, the Panasonic Toughbook CF-Y7 is still susceptible to the same virus attacks and "blue screens of death" as any other computer. If you find yourself needing to reformat your hard drive and reinstall the XP operating system, the process is fairly painless. Be sure to back up any important data before proceeding.

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Things you need

  • Windows XP Setup disc

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    Place the Windows XP install CD into the ToughBook's disc drive and restart the laptop.

  2. 2

    Boot from the disc as prompted and accept the license agreement when presented. Press "Escape" ("ESC") to forgo the repair and recovery console. After which, your current XP installation will display, along with any other partitions you may have.

  3. 3

    Select the "C:" drive using the arrow keys. Press the designated keys (displayed on-screen) to delete the partition. This will completely erase the drive, all your data and settings and all the Windows system files. Be sure you are prepared for this before you confirm the action. Create a new NTFS partition (again following the directions displayed on-screen), this formats the newly freed space, reformatting the hard drive. Select this new partition as the destination for the Windows XP reinstallation.

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    Follow the remaining steps on-screen as the Windows XP set-up copies the necessary files to the drive and begins the installation. It will take a while to complete (roughly 40 minutes to an hour) and the system may restart several times during the process. You will need to enter your Windows XP Product Key at some point during the installation--this is located on the bottom of the ToughBook or on the Windows XP packaging. When all is said and done, the system will reboot into the newly installed Windows XP operating system.

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