Close, but not quite.
Using the CD, on the first screen press the <Enter> key.
The setup program will search for previously installed versions of Windows. Once it does, it will ask you if you want to Repair or do a fresh install
(you may be presented at some point with the End-User License Agreement, press F8 to accept).
Press <Enter> again to do a fresh install.
It will then take you to the partition selection/creation/deletion screen. Most likely, there will be one big partiton and one that's only 8MB.
Use the arrow keys to highlight the big one (probably labelled "Windows XP Home Edition" or something like it.
NOW you press "D" to delete the partition.
This will lead you to a confirmation screen, press "L" to confirm the deletion.
Now you're back at the Partition creation screen. Make sure the "Unallocated Space" is selected and press <Enter>. Now choose a file system. I'd choose NTFS. There are two options for NTFS, Fast and slow:
- Format the partition by using the NTFS file system (Quick)
- Format the partition by using the FAT file system (Quick)
- Format the partition by using the NTFS file system
- Format the partition by using the FAT file system
If you're interested in doing a thorough reformat, choose the slow (bullet 3) option. If all you want to do is do a quick reformat, then choose option 1.
Once the reformat is complete, you can press F3 to abort the rest of the installation, or allow it to continue installing Windows.
Edited by Amazing Andrew, 27 February 2007 - 02:41 PM.