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FPCH Member
Feb 14, 2007
Which version of Windows are you wanting to reinstall? Windows XP and newer aren't DOS-based in the same way so you can't "get to" DOS.

What will you be reinstalling from? Some manufacturers issue a "restore" CD. If you have one of these you won't need to reformat, as the restore CD will overwrite everything. If you have an original Windows CD then try booting from it and see what options it gives you.