Ok .. the very full hard drive does not necessarily require you to completley re-install just delete some files.. and you should be ok.. or remove some programs.. that take alot of disk space.. that should help you alot.. and a clean installation is often more trouble then it is worth...
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Hi, Pop the disk in the drive and set off your install. When the setup gets to the part where it asks you where you would like to install XP you will need to delete the C drive partition, format the partition and install XP. XP from a clean install only takes 3GB of hard drive space, so unless you are trying to install XP on a drive which is only 2GB then you have no chance until you get a bigger capacity hard drive.
The information will be there at the beginning of setup telling you how many partitions you have (if any) and how big the drive is.
Remember that you need to delete the partitions that holds the older operating system as all the information is still on the drive, deleting the partition will permanently delete the information.
Install the XP Pro first, install the necessary drivers etc. Then after that load the other disk for windows XP Home install it choose the drive to install the OS, install the necessary drivers etc. you will see two operating system while going to boot section of the computer.
You can do a full reformat right from the windows xp install disk. Put the xp disk in the cdrom drive and restart the computer. Upon restarting a message will come up ( Hit any key to boot from CD )
Hit any key, the files will load then you will be able to format the hard drive and also load windows XP.
If for some reason your system doesnt boot from the cd, you might have to go into the Bios and change the boot order from the hard drive or the floppy to the cd so the computer will boot from the CD first. Hope this helps...
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You should have erased the system root directory,( the Windows XP installed drive). the boot sector still has the winxp boot information, but does not finds any file on the drive, were they are supposed to be.
You have to Install a fresh copy of winxp, with the winxp boot cd.