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    New install of XP over an existing XP install on an old HD ??

    I am sure there are many "similar" posts to this one............however..........

    I am only an experienced newbie and this computer is a SELF-BUILT XP computer.

    I needed to replace my daughter's ancient motherboard with a new one.
    I need to use her old HD which has 2 partitions on it.
    The FIRST partition is the one with XP on it.

    I hope to turn on the assembled "new" computer.
    The computer will "hopefully" boot from the Win XP CD ( yes, I set it in the BIOS ).

    QUESTION >>> will I be able to ERASE the old Win XP installation while at the same time doing a new install of XP on the "old" HD ???

    I know there is an option to FORMAT the partition if one installs XP on a new HD or partition on a new HD.

    I hope I don't need to DELETE the partition with XP and then REFORMAT it and make it the ACTIVE PARTITION and then REINSTALL XP.

    If life is not that simple, HOW do I erase the partition before installing the new XP on it.
    REMEMBER : using a floppy is not an option any longer on "newer" computers.

    A brief STEP OUTLINE would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Here is a step by step article on how to install Windows XP: The Right Way To Install Windows XP (TweakHound)

    I highly recommend you read the above article in it's entirety prior to doing anything


    QUESTION >>> will I be able to ERASE the old Win XP installation while at the same time doing a new install of XP on the "old" HD ???
    Yes, but you may need SATA drives if the newly built computer's mainboard is an older make/model-maybe.
    The Windows XP installation disk does not include SATA drivers.
    If you need SATA drivers you will see this message upon install: "no harddrives found".
    If SATA drivers are required you may be able to install XP over the existing installation and have your SATA drivers recognized from the previous installation. Some further clarification may be needed on this.
    I hope I don't need to DELETE the partition with XP and then REFORMAT it and make it the ACTIVE PARTITION and then REINSTALL XP.
    You will not need to format the entire drive, just the area in which you plan to install Windows XP on.
    If life is not that simple, HOW do I erase the partition before installing the new XP on it.
    All formatting and partitioning can be done from within the Windows XP install disk upon booting.

    Your best chances of success will be with a genuine Windows XP (SP3) install disk and a newer brand model motherboard.
    (at least a motherboard that has SATA controller with AHCI mode on board)
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