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    I recently was gifted an old Dell 8100 notebook from a relative. There's a ton of old programs and stuff that is just cluttering up the drive. I thought I could simply reinstall XP (from the CD that came with my PC) onto the laptop. However, my original XP CD is about 3-4 years old. The laptop won't allow me to reinstall XP as the existing XP has been updated to service pack 3 and is therefore newer than the reinstall XP. Does that make sense?

    So, is there a way, for a not very tech savvy guy like myself, to easily rid the laptop of all the junk and get a clean install of XP? Or do I have to live with the remnants and clutter of previous programs?

    thanks for any and all help!

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    Is the install disc a full retail version of XP? Often ones that come with a PC are good only for that PC.

    If it is a full retail version you can use and its not letting you use the partitioning tools for some reason, you can always get a copy of GParted either straight or in Parted Magic (both as ISOs that are burned to a boot disc), or the free home edition of EaseUS partition software http://www.partition-tool.com/easeus.../wipe-disk.htm

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    Another problem you will most likely run into is that XP from your old PC can only be installed on one PC at a time for each license key. If you uninstall from your original PC, then by formating the HD on the newly acquired PC should allow installation. Be advised however that you may not be able to get SP updates as I'm not sure SP1 and/or SP2 are still available. Perhaps someone else can find these updates to allow you to update the XP OS once you get it installed. As I have already stated though, you may have a problem activating it due to the key being the same as your original. Even if you format the original PC to elliminate the OS, you might have to call MS to activate it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry J Smith View Post
    I recently was gifted an old Dell 8100 notebook from a relative. There's a ton of old programs and stuff that is just cluttering up the drive. I thought I could simply reinstall XP (from the CD that came with my PC) onto the laptop. However, my original XP CD is about 3-4 years old. The laptop won't allow me to reinstall XP as the existing XP has been updated to service pack 3 and is therefore newer than the reinstall XP. Does that make sense?

    So, is there a way, for a not very tech savvy guy like myself, to easily rid the laptop of all the junk and get a clean install of XP? Or do I have to live with the remnants and clutter of previous programs?

    thanks for any and all help!

    Your best solution for the time being is to simply uninstall all programs you are not going to use.
    Give the laptop a thorough cleaning with CCleaner or a sagerun command, then perform a thorough
    defrag of the entire drive.

    Here is one Windows sage command:
    %SystemRoot%\System32\Cmd.exe /c Cleanmgr /sageset:65535 & Cleanmgr /sagerun:65535

    Copy and paste the above into the start menu run box, when the next menu comes up, check all boxes & click OK.
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    Terry, create a new account for yourself then delete the old one.
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    To install over XP SP3, you need to create a new XP CD with SP3 slipstreamed in. See:
    Slipstreaming Windows XP

    Just replace the references to SP2 with SP 3.

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