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so i already have a copy of windows installed and i looked at this guide here..

http://www.tweakhound.com/xp/installxp/installXP1.htm

and what im unsure of is when i get to deciding what partition to put it on i say to put it on the C drive because thats where the old copy was but then i get a message that there is already an OS on that partition (my old windowsXP) and that having 2 Operating systems on 1 partition can cause problems.

so.. since im putting on a new copy of windows do i just delete that partition and make a new one? what do i do here?

im sure some of you have done this right?
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Yes just delete the partition, recreate the partition, then go ahead and install xp.
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cool thanks
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so when i go to delete the C: partition it gives me a message saying how the partition has some stuff including programs to start operatiing systems and all that does that mean i can still delete it or do i have to do something else?

cause this is what i have:

-: Partition1 [FAT] 31MB 23MB free
C: Partition2 [NTFS] 72489MB 58623 MB free
E: Partition3 [FAT32] 3765 MB and 455 free

delete the C: ?
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so when i go to delete the C: partition it gives me a message saying how the partition has some stuff including programs to start operatiing systems and all that does that mean i can still delete it or do i have to do something else?

cause this is what i have:

-: Partition1 [FAT] 31MB 23MB free
C: Partition2 [NTFS] 72489MB 58623 MB free
E: Partition3 [FAT32] 3765 MB and 455 free

delete the C: ?
That E: partition looks like a recovery OS install for your Dell. If you hit Ctrl+F11 (I think.. go to the Dell website to make sure) from the main loading screen, you should get an option to reload your system to what it was the day you opened the box.

But if you have a OS disk, you can delete all the partitions and reload a fresh copy. But you lose the Dell recovery OS forever.
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post #6 of 13
You should be able to delete any or all of the partitions if you want to start from scratch.
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so i can delete all of my partitions? its not going to mess anything up since im installing a new copy of windows anyways?

yeah i requested backup discs from dell because the ctrl+f11 thing didnt work for some reason. the discs were free
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No, it won't hurt anything to delete all partitions IF you have a copy of windows to install. By copy of windows, I mean a windows disk. Just make sure that you are sure that you don't want the factory backup before you delete it.
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the ctrl+f11 didnt work and i requested backup disks from dell. the disc i am using is called an "operating system" disc.

so if i delete all partitions its ok because i use the operating system disc and install windows onto my computer. and if something gets corrupted and i need to reinstall windows i can just use that same disc again. is this right? sorry for all the qs i just want to make sure. i want my comp to run nice and fast but i dont want to make a really bad mistake
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Lol.

Let me explain.

When you start your computer, and it loads whatever operating system (windows xp, linux, osx, whatever) it reads the harddrive for the files and loads them.

But, you want to reinstall a fresh copy. You have xp installed on a partition (a part of the harddrive destined for an os, certain files, etc.).

You dont want to write the new xp files over the old ones, you want to format (erase) the partition then install. If on your whooooole computer you have nothing left to backup, all your files are ona disk or something, then delete all your partitions in the xp installation menu and make a new one, and select the ntfs file system format (not the "quick" one
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