Posted 06 April 2007 - 01:43 PM
When a computer reboots by itself, it could be a hardware or software problem.
But since there's nothing on it that you want to keep, then the clean install is what would fit best.
There are a few different approaches you can take to reinstall the os, but here's a simple approach to it.
(I'm using my memory on this)
1. Put your OS cd in the drive.
2. Reboot your computer, and while it's in the P.O.S.T. screen (black screen) hold the DEL key. It should take you to your B.I.O.S. screen. Your computer may be different and you may need to hit one of the F keys.
3. After you get into your B.I.O.S. you will need to make sure that the 1st boot device is set to CD-ROM, so that it starts from the cd drive.
5. When the computer loads, XP will load it's window with choices to select. Choose the Install XP option.
When you choose that option, it will complain that you already have an os on the computer. You want to continue with the install.
6. It will take you to another screen showing you your partition. You will want to delete that partition. Choose that option. Then choose the option to create a partition. Then choose the option to format.
After all of that is complete, Windows will do it's thing and bring you to the option to install Windows. Choose that option.... Now, just sit back and wait for the install to complete.
That's pretty much it.
After your Windows is complete, and you're in your desktop.... reboot, and while it's rebooting, hold your DEL key (or whatever you used to get into your B.I.O.S.) and change the 1st device to load to. That's your hard drive. And put your cd\dvd on the 2nd device to load.
But remember... the Windows screens may not say the exact messages as I said, but you'll see them, and the options you have. Just remember that you want to delete the partition, recreate one, format the drive, then install the os.
You'll be installed and good to go within an hour or so.
Hope that helps!