I'm trying to reinstall Windows XP Home. I've got to the stage where it's telling me that I can't install multiple operating systems on the drive. I don't want to do that, I just want a clean new XP installation. I don't understand too much about partitioning drives. Can't I just replace my current installation?
If you've backed up all your programs and are happy to loose all then reformat your hard drive and install windows. This will take you back to as a new start. Make sure that your cd/dvd drive is the first to boot from.
Put xp disk in optical drive, reboot and follow instructions to reformat and install windows. Remember to register again within 30 days.
I was trying to reinstall Windows XP because I was getting disk errors on startup. Files which I couldn't remove were going into the windows/temp folder and the only way I could start the PC was by cancelling the disk check. I was advised to reinstall XP as it wouldn't do a repair. Earlier on, I inserted the Windows CD and followed all the commands, including OKing to install over the old OS, and after a fairly long period where it was checking the disks, it told me to restart. Upon this restart, the machine booted up normally with no disk checking required and my usual desktop appeared. All appears to be working normally. So have I reinstalled Windows (I think not) or has it performed a repair? Maybe I shouldn't complain if it's working.
That's just it, I don't know if it's done a full repair or not, because EVERYTHING, including SP2 which isn't on the CD and all the updates, seem to still be in place and working normally. The only thing different is I'm not being told that one of my disks needs checking when I start up.