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OK, my initial problem is in another thread, but now I am preparing to just completely reformat/reinstall.

My PC, not this one, the one at home I can no longer boot up is running XP SP 2.

I am thinking I would like to go back to Windows 2000 Pro as it gave me no problems and seemed to have better performance with my games.

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

I want to completely wipe my harddrive as clean as is humanly possible and start from scratch. I have Win2000 (and XP) setup floopy disks in case it won't boot from the CD Rom drive. I have my sound, video and cable modem drivers safely on a CD.

I am looking for recommendations on how to get my system as clean as possible, as I have migrated from Me>2000 Pro>XP Pro since 2000 without ever reformatting once.

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Last Post by DMR
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ick... I'm surprised you got that far by upgrading! :o

To completely erase your hard drive, just boot from your XP installation disc. For your system, you can find instructions on how to install XP at:

http://support.dell.com/us/en/kb/document.asp?dn=1067721

The instructions are for an 8200, but most should apply to your system. It will show you how to erase your hard drive and start from scratch.

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Win 2000 should also give you the option of totally reformatting your existing partition when you install it.

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