Format programmatically in XP?

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    Format programmatically in XP?

    Ok,
    I know how to do a format etc. in any version of windows that has dos...but what about xp? To be more clear, in a win9x environment i can send dos a system command to reformat, what do i do in xp? Thanks.

    (in case you're wondering why, I have to reformat a milllion computers with xp, and i just want to be able to do a mouse click and have it go, that way i can multitask)
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    im not sure how ur doing it really, because u didnt really specify, but in XP, to get console, run cmd, then its all the same from there

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    well the goal is to do it when the computer boots, like this for example works in win9x:
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    int main()
    {
    	FILE * fpointer
    	fpointer = fopen("c:\\autoexec.bat", "a");
    	fprintf(fpointer, "smartdrv\necho y|format C: /q >NUL");
    	fclose(fpointer);
    	return 0;
    }
    now, if the computer was restarted it would format, so, any ideas on how to do this with xp? since it doesn't have dos?
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    Originally posted by Waldo2k2
    well the goal is to do it when the computer boots, like this for example works in win9x:
    Code:
    int main()
    {
    	FILE * fpointer
    	fpointer = fopen("c:\\autoexec.bat", "a");
    	fprintf(fpointer, "smartdrv\necho y|format C: /q >NUL");
    	fclose(fpointer);
    	return 0;
    }
    now, if the computer was restarted it would format, so, any ideas on how to do this with xp? since it doesn't have dos?
    It has dos, just create the autoexec.bat and command.com and set them up as 98 would ahve them. That or jus pop in the xp cd per each pc and format. Or un-install xp that works too.

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    ok so let me get this straight, i copy command.com to the root alogn with creating autoexec.bat, and if i run that code, when i restart the comp it will load command.com and reformat?
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    that works on anything, floppy or cd or HD, no matter what...kinda, that sounds like it should work though.

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    cool, ya'll rule
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    oh yeah i just had a thought...does winxp have command.com in it already? or will i have to pull it from another source...if possible can i somehow include it in my program so i don't have to copy it from somewhere?
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    Mine has a command.com, here the location for it:


    C:\WINDOWS\system32\command.com

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    its a small enough file so for portability reasons i would just include it with the program

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