|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!