Posted 05 November 2011 - 10:18 AM
Hello and welcome to the forum!
Since the system is inherited I would reformat & reload it.
THat way you are ensured a pristine copy of Windows that is virus/malware free.
You never know what the person before did with it.
If you boot to an original XP cd you should be able to delete & recreate the partition then format the drive.
If you provide the make/model of the system we can link you to the drivers you will need.
Be sure you have the drivers available before proceeding if you decide to go that route.
In the beginning there was the command line.