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so i already windows installed right now but i want to install a new copy 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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so i already windows installed right now but i want to install a new copy 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?
lol pretty sure 97% of us has done it atleast once. if you just delete the old partition all of your data will be gone (something i prefer most times), but you do get options to delete the current folder that the old xp is in (leaving old files intact) though i beleive this is an upgrade option only available if you start the installation while on ur current os. Not sure.
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I would just delete the partition. Hit D, then enter, then L if you are sure you want to delete it. When it shows just an unpartitioned space, hit C to create a new partition, then enter to leave it at the default size for your HDD. Then press enter to start formatting and loading the OS.
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To reinstall a clean copy of windows, insert your windows disk, then proceed through the setup. You will progress to an option to reformat. Choose this option. Hit D, and then L. You will then be able to format your HD and proceed with installing your OS.
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You can also backup all your drivers before you re-install with a free program like Drive Magician lite. That way you don't have to go and find all your drivers off the net again. You can backup to a usb stick, online, or whatever...

Drive Magician Lite
http://www.freedownloadmanager.org/d..._Lite_39037_p/

Also if you want to backup a lot of windows settings you can use a free program like

BackRex Easy Backup(the demo version doesn't backup office settings or your internet explorer favorites though).
http://www.download3k.com/DownloadLi...sy-Backup.html
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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

is it ok just to delete everything im not getting rid of any system programs that would prevent me from running windows? can i just delete all of these partitions?

i got my laptop sitting beside my computer right now
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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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