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!