Posted 13 January 2006 - 03:36 PM
you can back up files to a second hard drive or to a dvd or cd.
If you do a reformat and reinstall of windows you will need to reinstall your programs. If you have them on a second hard drive, xp won't register them.
The files and settings transfer wizard isn't terribly helpful, but do remember to make a copy or your favorites folder and your e-mails.
Also make sure that you have up to date drivers for all hardware including video card, printer, camera, mp3 player, etc.
After you are sure you have backed up everything you want, boot from the xp disk. If it doesn't boot from the disk go into your bios setup and make sure cd drive is ahead of hard drive in boot order.
Skip the recovery console screen, at the next screen choose reinstall. Windows will then ask if you want to format your hard drive, choose yes and select from ntfs quick, ntfs full, fat32 quick or fat32 full. I would probably do ntfs full.
After windows is finished installing, make sure all drivers are up to date, reinstall your programs and files.