Reformatting with XP SP2 Upgrade CD Dell Dime

Microsoft Windows xp home edition w/sp2
May 6, 2010 at 17:20:03
Specs: Windows XP
I have a Dell Dimension 8100 computer. In the past few years, the hard drive space has been getting lower and lower, and sometimes Windows XP will pop-up a message saying the hard drive is extremly low on disk space (and after checking, found out it only had a few MB left on it). So when that message came up, I removed/deleted programs and their files that I didn't need/use anymore (helped with the space). I removed/deleted Windows components I didn't need anymore (helped some more). Did disk cleanup and defrag (helped also). I compressed all the C: stuff (also helped, but only a little). I stopped using visual styles (helped). I even stoped saving personal files (photos, documents, etc.) to the hard drive and started using a USB flash drive. I even did a new installation of Windows XP. All this helped, except I still only have about 3 GB out of 55 GB available for use. And the computer is extremely slow at times.

Anyways, I'm considering reformating my hard drive (called "complete wipe" or "clean install" i think). I'm worried though that I won't be able to use my computer after doing that because the Windows XP CD that I have is a "Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 Upgrade Edition" and it says on the CD "This program will search your system to confirm your eligibility for this upgrade edition".

I have a "DELL Reinstallation CD WMe" CD, and I hear if you do a reformat of the hard drive and use the WinXP Upgrade CD, it will ask you to insert a prior Windows operating system CD to verify your upgrade. Is this true? Will it work? Will I be able to use my computer again?

If one of you could just be so kind and give me the complete instructions on reformatting a DELL Dimension 8100 with a WinXP SP2 Upgrade CD and a Dell Reinstallation CD WMe, that would be greatly appreciated!

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May 6, 2010 at 19:26:22
"I still only have about 3 GB out of 55 GB available for use"

You mean to say you need every single program that's on your system? Do you have System Restore enabled? If you haven't changed the default setting, it's using 12% of the HDD space (approx 6.6GB).

Do you regularly flush the accumulated internet garbage files?

CCleaner Slim

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May 6, 2010 at 20:43:05
Have you considered adding a second drive (internally or externally) and moving some of your files to it. It's possible to move the 'My Documents' folder, which would probably free up a 'lot' of space.

The three most important things in computing:
1. Backups, 2. Backups and 3. Backups.

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May 6, 2010 at 20:51:08
I believe you should be OK with a clean install, but I have not tried personally with XP upgrade CD. My suggestion is to purchase a new larger replacement drive (around $50.00), temporarily remove the original drive and install the new one. Proceed to install XP on the new drive, insert recovery disk if asked. I all goes well, update XP, install AV utility and programs. If all is great, reinstall the old drive, transfer your files, and you can format the old drive as a destination for back ups. If this does not work, you have 2 options. Option one, first use recovery disk to recover ME to new hard drive (as if your old drive died) and then upgrade again to XP. Option two, use hard drive manufacturer's hard drive utility to copy/clone your old drive onto the new drive, and then proceed to clean it up as best you can (not as good as a clean install, but an option).
These procedures preserve your original hard drive's installation intact until you are sure that everything is working.
I hope that this helps.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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May 7, 2010 at 06:38:38
I have disabled system restore, automatic updates, and
deleted any old automatic update uninstall files.

Thank you for the info, but is anyone FOR SURE, 100%
SURE that it will work with WinME Reinstall CD & WinXP
Upgrade CD?

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May 7, 2010 at 12:29:03
You obviously have a lot of crap installed. If your system is otherwise running fine, why not just purge the useless garbage?

Did you install & run CCleaner Slim? Are you emptying the recycle bin?

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May 7, 2010 at 16:21:23
I don't actually have alot of programs installed:

Adobe Flash Player 10 ActiveX [no size]
Adobe Reader 9.3 [211.00 MB]
Apple Application Support [41.37 MB]
Apple Mobile Device Support [21.44 MB]
Apple Software Update [2.26 MB]
Bonjour [0.76 MB]
iTunes [159.00 MB]
Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 [302.00 MB]
QuickTime [73.79 MB]
Windows Installer 3.1 (KB893803) [no size]
Windows Internet Explorer 8 [6.55 MB]

I do empty the recycle bin. But normally I use the CTRL+DEL option so the files bypass the recycle bin.

What does CCleaner (CCleaner Slim?) do?

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May 7, 2010 at 16:57:09
"What does CCleaner (CCleaner Slim?) do?" Increase you 3gb free into 5.5gb in less than 1 min


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May 7, 2010 at 17:10:05
Something doesn't add up here. The progs you list add up to about 2gb and a clean install of windows is less than 3gb.
Even allowing for a restore folder of 6 gb and a recyclebin of 10% drive capacity, or 5gb your total is still less than 20gb.

You should still have over 30gb free space on a 50gb disk.

Instead of turning System Restore off you can adjust the folder size to a smaller footprint and still have the protection it provides. Similarly you can adjust the recycle bin properties so that it reserves a smaller amount of space than the default 10%.

CCleaner Slim is a relatively safe system maintenance tool that removes a lot of accumulated temp/history/redundant backup files etc.

A simple thing you can also do is to go into your web browser settings and set it to automatically delete temporary internet files when you close the browser. This prevents your system bogging down with huge amounts of accumulated crap.

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May 7, 2010 at 17:18:58
Check the size of your 'My Documents' folder.

The three most important things in computing:
1. Backups, 2. Backups and 3. Backups.

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May 7, 2010 at 18:50:43
I know it's really weird why I only get so little space back after turning off system restore, automatic updates and hibernation mode.

That's why I want to reformat my computer.

Also, the Documents and Settings folder on the C: has 10 old user profile folders in it, that I cannot delete. They are deleted from the User Accounts section on the control panel, they didn't fully delete. When I try to manually delete the files, it pop-ups an error message saying "Access Denied". I believe it is because those user accounts had a password and we're deleted improperly (not from control panel) so it didn't delete the folder. Does anyone know how to delete these files?

Thank you very much.

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