Surely if you are going to do a clean install, winxp will wipe the hd for you. Just make sure that your bios is set to boot from the cd, insert the winxp disk and reboot Files will start to load from the CD to begin the installation. Eventually you’ll be asked if you want to install Windows XP. Just hit Enter. Next is the End User License Agreement. Press F8 to accept. The next screen displays the available partitions where XP can be installed. Select the one you want and tap that Enter key again to move on to the screen where you select a file system. The preferred choice is NTFS
terryf, I have tried altering the BIOS but the restart will not pick up the CD, I have to go into My Computer and start the WinXP disk manuall, at the end of which I am told that I cannot uninstill this particular configuration (or something similar to that). Diodorus Siculus, Thank you, I will have a look at during the coming week.
On most systems booting from a CD is never automatic - you need to press a key when the message comes on the screen - "Press any key to boot from CD .."
Unfortunately many branded systems hide these boot up messages - so you need to go into the BIOS and change the settings so you see all the booting messages - OR - during the boot process just keep pressing the spacerbar and hope to catch it at the correct time.
VoG™, I did that o.k. thanks. DieSse, My Bios drive sequence is set as follow, A drive, HD, LS21(being my dvd/r r/w), changing A to LS21 still will not pick up the dvd/r r/w.
Through frustration, I uninstalled SP2, and reinstalled WinXP and then SP2 again, this seems to have resolved a couple of irritating problems that I was having, so I am now quite happy (at the moment).