Re: How do I totally remove Windows and Reinstall?

Posted: 03-30-2009, 10:01 PM
I apologize for bringing up an old topic, but I'm wondering if Shenan
Stanley's post would be helpful in my situation.

I have Windows XP Home that was preinstalled on my Compaq PC. Although I
have installed a 500Gb second hard drive, and moved the entire My Documents
folder to the second drive, the original C: drive with 75Gb is still running
out of room.

What I want to do is install a new primary C: drive with at least 320Gb and
reinstall all of my apps on the new drive. I realize I will have to install
all the drivers, etc. as outlined in Shenan's post, which I do feel
comfortable in doing.

What I'm wondering is if I can buy an unlicensed copy of Windows XP SP3 and
use the original license that came with the PC to install Windows XP Home on
a new C:drive. Since I only have room for 2 hard drives in my CPU case, I
would not keep the old hard drive. As long as I have the product key for the
original installation, can I use the unlicensed copy with SP3 to set up the
new primary drive?

I want to avoid having to install XP from the original Restore CD, since it
would take an enormous amount of time to download all the updates to XP Home
since 2002.

FYI - several people have advised me that there's no way that I could have
enough apps installed to take up 55Gb, but apparently I do. I have a lot of
apps that require lots of disk space, as well as lots of RAM. I have upgraded
my system to 2Gb RAM, and while this helped speed it up, I still have the
issue of Virtual Memory running out of room. And, I have more apps that I
want to install.

I routinely run the defrag and disk cleanup utilities, but when my free disk
space gets below about 15Gb, then defrag won't run.

Thanks very much if anyone can advise me on this situation.

Cyndi

"Shenan Stanley" wrote:

[long post re: steps to reinstall Windows XP Home]

Re: How do I totally remove Windows and Reinstall?


Responses to "Re: How do I totally remove Windows and Reinstall?"

William R. Walsh
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Re: How do I totally remove Windows and Reinstall?
Posted: 03-30-2009, 10:30 PM
Hi!
> What I'm wondering is if I can buy an unlicensed copy of Windows XP SP3
and
> use the original license that came with the PC to install Windows XP Home
on
> a new C:drive.
Maaaaaaaybe.

It depends upon what you mean by "unlicensed" for at least two reasons:

1. If the disc you buy is not genuine or has been "cracked" to bypass
Microsoft activation/licensing requirements, you don't really know what
you're getting. It could be laced with malicious software or stuff that you
don't want and cannot easily get rid of.

2. You have to buy the right type of installation disc. Retail discs
generally don't work with OEM key numbers. The opposite (OEM disc and retail
key number) is also true.

> I want to avoid having to install XP from the original Restore CD, since
it
> would take an enormous amount of time to download all the updates to XP
Home
> since 2002.
If the CD you have is a "true" Windows XP reinstallation disc (and not some
hokey "restore" CD that installs everything from a disk image file or
similar process) you could add SP3 to it relatively easily. All you need is
a real Windows XP CD, a CD burner, a blank CD-R disc, the full ("network")
SP3 installer package and some instructions. Here are some:

http://www.howtohaven.com/system/sli...e-pack-3.shtml

(If you don't find those satisfactory, others exist and some have
screenshots.)
> FYI - several people have advised me that there's no way that I could have
> enough apps installed to take up 55Gb, but apparently I do. I have a lot
of
> apps that require lots of disk space, as well as lots of RAM. I have
upgraded
> my system to 2Gb RAM, and while this helped speed it up, I still have the
> issue of Virtual Memory running out of room. And, I have more apps that I
> want to install.
If you intend to reinstall all the applications you presently have, you may
run right into this again. Although I feel that this could be a result of an
old and creaky Windows installation that should be replaced, using a lot of
applications and having a lot of stuff load in the background can cause
Windows to run low on virtual memory.

You can do two things in that case:

1. Install more RAM (but not more than 3/3.5GB). 32-bit editions of Windows
XP can't make use of RAM beyond the 3/3.5 GB point.

2. Increase the size of your paging file.

However, I think you'll find that your problems will go away if you just
start fresh.

William


DL
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Re: How do I totally remove Windows and Reinstall?
Posted: 03-30-2009, 10:34 PM
That might depend on your PC maker.
Are you wanting to replace the C drive entirely?
If you use a cloning app, eg Acronis TI you can clone your existing C drive
to a new drive, and in the process clone to a larger drive. ie if the
origonal drive is 80gb you can clone to a 320gb drive using all the
available space on the 500gb, the new C will be 320gb (less the usual
formated amount)
Acronis provides a fully functioning trial version (14 days, I think)
Follow the instructions, should be no problem. For safety's sake disconnect
the slave, or in your case replace the slave with what will be your new C,
and any media readers, leave only the cd/dvd drive and HD connected, no
periferals

"cyndiwise notsowise" <cyndiwisenotsowise@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote
in message news:5831DFC6-4C93-4A8D-B0E7-6A3C764795E2@microsoft.com...
>I apologize for bringing up an old topic, but I'm wondering if Shenan
> Stanley's post would be helpful in my situation.
>
> I have Windows XP Home that was preinstalled on my Compaq PC. Although I
> have installed a 500Gb second hard drive, and moved the entire My
> Documents
> folder to the second drive, the original C: drive with 75Gb is still
> running
> out of room.
>
> What I want to do is install a new primary C: drive with at least 320Gb
> and
> reinstall all of my apps on the new drive. I realize I will have to
> install
> all the drivers, etc. as outlined in Shenan's post, which I do feel
> comfortable in doing.
>
> What I'm wondering is if I can buy an unlicensed copy of Windows XP SP3
> and
> use the original license that came with the PC to install Windows XP Home
> on
> a new C:drive. Since I only have room for 2 hard drives in my CPU case, I
> would not keep the old hard drive. As long as I have the product key for
> the
> original installation, can I use the unlicensed copy with SP3 to set up
> the
> new primary drive?
>
> I want to avoid having to install XP from the original Restore CD, since
> it
> would take an enormous amount of time to download all the updates to XP
> Home
> since 2002.
>
> FYI - several people have advised me that there's no way that I could have
> enough apps installed to take up 55Gb, but apparently I do. I have a lot
> of
> apps that require lots of disk space, as well as lots of RAM. I have
> upgraded
> my system to 2Gb RAM, and while this helped speed it up, I still have the
> issue of Virtual Memory running out of room. And, I have more apps that I
> want to install.
>
> I routinely run the defrag and disk cleanup utilities, but when my free
> disk
> space gets below about 15Gb, then defrag won't run.
>
> Thanks very much if anyone can advise me on this situation.
>
> Cyndi
>
> "Shenan Stanley" wrote:
>
> [long post re: steps to reinstall Windows XP Home]

cyndiwise notsowise
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Re: How do I totally remove Windows and Reinstall?
Posted: 03-31-2009, 12:31 AM
Hi, William:

I do not have a retail Win XP CD, but only the Restore CD and Recovery CD
that came from Compaq, my system's manufacturer. The license key is on a
Genuine Microsoft label on the CPU case. I went through the Microsoft website
(from another post here) to make sure I passed the COA test for the license
key.

I should have specified that the unlicensed copy of Win XP Home SP3 is
available from a local reputable computer business. They've been in business
here for over 20 years and service many large companies in our area. I
seriously doubt it would be an illegal copy. Since they build their own
branded computers, they are allowed to distribute unlicensed copies for use
with existing licenses. However, after reading some other posts, it became
unclear to me whether I could use the unlicensed copy with my original
license key or not. I would be installing XP back onto the same PC, but it
would have a new C: drive. Would that invalidate the license?

I'm not sure why you think if I reinstall all of the apps I have now and add
more later that I would run out of space on a 320Gb hard drive? My current C:
drive is 80Gb, with 4Gb partitioned off for some system files. 320GB is 4
times as much space as 80Gb; please explain what you mean by "run into this
again".

I'm not sure why you think I can install another Gb of RAM. My system was
built to use a maximum of 2Gb, according to the manual and the information on
the HP/Compaq support site. Besides, there are only two memory slots, so I
would have to buy a 2Gb memory chip and throw away one of the 1Gb chips that
I have already installed and have been using for over a year now. And, it
still wouldn't solve the space problem on the original C: drive.

I do appreciate your response, but I am a little confused about some of your
advice. Any elaboration you can provide would be helpful.

Gratefully,
Cyndi

"William R. Walsh" wrote:
> Hi!
>
> > What I'm wondering is if I can buy an unlicensed copy of Windows XP SP3
> and
> > use the original license that came with the PC to install Windows XP Home
> on
> > a new C:drive.
>
> Maaaaaaaybe.
>
> It depends upon what you mean by "unlicensed" for at least two reasons:
>
> 1. If the disc you buy is not genuine or has been "cracked" to bypass
> Microsoft activation/licensing requirements, you don't really know what
> you're getting. It could be laced with malicious software or stuff that you
> don't want and cannot easily get rid of.
>
> 2. You have to buy the right type of installation disc. Retail discs
> generally don't work with OEM key numbers. The opposite (OEM disc and retail
> key number) is also true.
>
>
> > I want to avoid having to install XP from the original Restore CD, since
> it
> > would take an enormous amount of time to download all the updates to XP
> Home
> > since 2002.
>
> If the CD you have is a "true" Windows XP reinstallation disc (and not some
> hokey "restore" CD that installs everything from a disk image file or
> similar process) you could add SP3 to it relatively easily. All you need is
> a real Windows XP CD, a CD burner, a blank CD-R disc, the full ("network")
> SP3 installer package and some instructions. Here are some:
>
> http://www.howtohaven.com/system/sli...e-pack-3.shtml
>
> (If you don't find those satisfactory, others exist and some have
> screenshots.)
>
> > FYI - several people have advised me that there's no way that I could have
> > enough apps installed to take up 55Gb, but apparently I do. I have a lot
> of
> > apps that require lots of disk space, as well as lots of RAM. I have
> upgraded
> > my system to 2Gb RAM, and while this helped speed it up, I still have the
> > issue of Virtual Memory running out of room. And, I have more apps that I
> > want to install.
>
> If you intend to reinstall all the applications you presently have, you may
> run right into this again. Although I feel that this could be a result of an
> old and creaky Windows installation that should be replaced, using a lot of
> applications and having a lot of stuff load in the background can cause
> Windows to run low on virtual memory.
>
> You can do two things in that case:
>
> 1. Install more RAM (but not more than 3/3.5GB). 32-bit editions of Windows
> XP can't make use of RAM beyond the 3/3.5 GB point.
>
> 2. Increase the size of your paging file.
>
> However, I think you'll find that your problems will go away if you just
> start fresh.
>
> William
>
>
>
cyndiwise notsowise
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Re: How do I totally remove Windows and Reinstall?
Posted: 03-31-2009, 12:40 AM
DL,

I am somewhat confused by your answers, and hope you can expand and clarify
for me.

Yes, I want to replace the 80Gb drive with a new, faster one that is at
least 320Gb.

As for cloning the C: drive to a new drive, you also mention "using all of
the available space on the 500Gb drive". I'm not sure if you mean to
temporarily use 320Gb of the 500Gb drive just for the cloning, or to
partition the 500Gb drive into 2 drives. If you mean the later, I do not wish
to partition the 500Gb or use any part of it for the primary drive. My
intention was to have 500Gb just for files, because I store a lot of photos
and do not wish to keep them on CDs or other media. Of course, I do back up
the photos to an online backup service just in case of hard drive failure.

Could you also please clarify what you mean about "replace the slave with
what will be your new C"? I'm unsure whether you are calling my 500Gb second
drive the slave drive, or the original 80Gb C: drive?

Thanks,
Cyndi

"DL" wrote:
> That might depend on your PC maker.
> Are you wanting to replace the C drive entirely?
> If you use a cloning app, eg Acronis TI you can clone your existing C drive
> to a new drive, and in the process clone to a larger drive. ie if the
> origonal drive is 80gb you can clone to a 320gb drive using all the
> available space on the 500gb, the new C will be 320gb (less the usual
> formated amount)
> Acronis provides a fully functioning trial version (14 days, I think)
> Follow the instructions, should be no problem. For safety's sake disconnect
> the slave, or in your case replace the slave with what will be your new C,
> and any media readers, leave only the cd/dvd drive and HD connected, no
> periferals
>
> "cyndiwise notsowise" <cyndiwisenotsowise@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote
> in message news:5831DFC6-4C93-4A8D-B0E7-6A3C764795E2@microsoft.com...
> >I apologize for bringing up an old topic, but I'm wondering if Shenan
> > Stanley's post would be helpful in my situation.
> >
> > I have Windows XP Home that was preinstalled on my Compaq PC. Although I
> > have installed a 500Gb second hard drive, and moved the entire My
> > Documents
> > folder to the second drive, the original C: drive with 75Gb is still
> > running
> > out of room.
> >
> > What I want to do is install a new primary C: drive with at least 320Gb
> > and
> > reinstall all of my apps on the new drive. I realize I will have to
> > install
> > all the drivers, etc. as outlined in Shenan's post, which I do feel
> > comfortable in doing.
> >
> > What I'm wondering is if I can buy an unlicensed copy of Windows XP SP3
> > and
> > use the original license that came with the PC to install Windows XP Home
> > on
> > a new C:drive. Since I only have room for 2 hard drives in my CPU case, I
> > would not keep the old hard drive. As long as I have the product key for
> > the
> > original installation, can I use the unlicensed copy with SP3 to set up
> > the
> > new primary drive?
> >
> > I want to avoid having to install XP from the original Restore CD, since
> > it
> > would take an enormous amount of time to download all the updates to XP
> > Home
> > since 2002.
> >
> > FYI - several people have advised me that there's no way that I could have
> > enough apps installed to take up 55Gb, but apparently I do. I have a lot
> > of
> > apps that require lots of disk space, as well as lots of RAM. I have
> > upgraded
> > my system to 2Gb RAM, and while this helped speed it up, I still have the
> > issue of Virtual Memory running out of room. And, I have more apps that I
> > want to install.
> >
> > I routinely run the defrag and disk cleanup utilities, but when my free
> > disk
> > space gets below about 15Gb, then defrag won't run.
> >
> > Thanks very much if anyone can advise me on this situation.
> >
> > Cyndi
> >
> > "Shenan Stanley" wrote:
> >
> > [long post re: steps to reinstall Windows XP Home]
>
>
>
Jim
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Re: How do I totally remove Windows and Reinstall?
Posted: 03-31-2009, 01:39 AM
Replies inline---
"cyndiwise notsowise" <cyndiwisenotsowise@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote
in message news:A6D8A204-FFB2-4734-A3B2-7A632A226FAC@microsoft.com...
> DL,
>
> I am somewhat confused by your answers, and hope you can expand and
> clarify
> for me.
>
> Yes, I want to replace the 80Gb drive with a new, faster one that is at
> least 320Gb.
>
> As for cloning the C: drive to a new drive, you also mention "using all of
> the available space on the 500Gb drive". I'm not sure if you mean to
> temporarily use 320Gb of the 500Gb drive just for the cloning, or to
> partition the 500Gb drive into 2 drives. If you mean the later, I do not
> wish
> to partition the 500Gb or use any part of it for the primary drive. My
> intention was to have 500Gb just for files, because I store a lot of
> photos
> and do not wish to keep them on CDs or other media. Of course, I do back
> up
> the photos to an online backup service just in case of hard drive failure.
>
> Could you also please clarify what you mean about "replace the slave with
> what will be your new C"? I'm unsure whether you are calling my 500Gb
> second
> drive the slave drive, or the original 80Gb C: drive?
>
> Thanks,
> Cyndi
No, DL did not intend for you to use only 320 GB of a 500 GB drive for the
system. What DL posted is a method for cloning the existing 80 GB disk onto
a new disk of whatever size. I presume that DL's mentioning of 320 GB was a
slip of the wrist. Acronis True Image is quite capable of expanding
partitions to fill the space provided by a bigger drive.

What you do is to remove your existing 500 GB drive and put a new drive in
its place. Then, you clone your 80GB drive onto the new drive taking care
to tell ATI to expand the partitions to use all of the new drive.

When the cloning completes, take out the existing 80 GB drive, put the new
drive in its place, and reinstall your old 500 GB drive. This is a
shortened description of the process. Since your current data disk will not
be installed while all this is going on, your current data is out of harm's
way.

Jim
>
> "DL" wrote:
>
>> That might depend on your PC maker.
>> Are you wanting to replace the C drive entirely?
>> If you use a cloning app, eg Acronis TI you can clone your existing C
>> drive
>> to a new drive, and in the process clone to a larger drive. ie if the
>> origonal drive is 80gb you can clone to a 320gb drive using all the
>> available space on the 500gb, the new C will be 320gb (less the usual
>> formated amount)
>> Acronis provides a fully functioning trial version (14 days, I think)
>> Follow the instructions, should be no problem. For safety's sake
>> disconnect
>> the slave, or in your case replace the slave with what will be your new
>> C,
>> and any media readers, leave only the cd/dvd drive and HD connected, no
>> periferals
>>
>> "cyndiwise notsowise" <cyndiwisenotsowise@discussions.microsoft.com>
>> wrote
>> in message news:5831DFC6-4C93-4A8D-B0E7-6A3C764795E2@microsoft.com...
>> >I apologize for bringing up an old topic, but I'm wondering if Shenan
>> > Stanley's post would be helpful in my situation.
>> >
>> > I have Windows XP Home that was preinstalled on my Compaq PC. Although
>> > I
>> > have installed a 500Gb second hard drive, and moved the entire My
>> > Documents
>> > folder to the second drive, the original C: drive with 75Gb is still
>> > running
>> > out of room.
>> >
>> > What I want to do is install a new primary C: drive with at least 320Gb
>> > and
>> > reinstall all of my apps on the new drive. I realize I will have to
>> > install
>> > all the drivers, etc. as outlined in Shenan's post, which I do feel
>> > comfortable in doing.
>> >
>> > What I'm wondering is if I can buy an unlicensed copy of Windows XP SP3
>> > and
>> > use the original license that came with the PC to install Windows XP
>> > Home
>> > on
>> > a new C:drive. Since I only have room for 2 hard drives in my CPU case,
>> > I
>> > would not keep the old hard drive. As long as I have the product key
>> > for
>> > the
>> > original installation, can I use the unlicensed copy with SP3 to set up
>> > the
>> > new primary drive?
>> >
>> > I want to avoid having to install XP from the original Restore CD,
>> > since
>> > it
>> > would take an enormous amount of time to download all the updates to XP
>> > Home
>> > since 2002.
>> >
>> > FYI - several people have advised me that there's no way that I could
>> > have
>> > enough apps installed to take up 55Gb, but apparently I do. I have a
>> > lot
>> > of
>> > apps that require lots of disk space, as well as lots of RAM. I have
>> > upgraded
>> > my system to 2Gb RAM, and while this helped speed it up, I still have
>> > the
>> > issue of Virtual Memory running out of room. And, I have more apps that
>> > I
>> > want to install.
>> >
>> > I routinely run the defrag and disk cleanup utilities, but when my free
>> > disk
>> > space gets below about 15Gb, then defrag won't run.
>> >
>> > Thanks very much if anyone can advise me on this situation.
>> >
>> > Cyndi
>> >
>> > "Shenan Stanley" wrote:
>> >
>> > [long post re: steps to reinstall Windows XP Home]
>>
>>
>>

cyndiwise notsowise
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Re: How do I totally remove Windows and Reinstall?
Posted: 03-31-2009, 03:57 AM
Thanks, Jim. This makes more sense to me now.

Cyndi

"Jim" wrote:
> Replies inline---
> "cyndiwise notsowise" <cyndiwisenotsowise@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote
> in message news:A6D8A204-FFB2-4734-A3B2-7A632A226FAC@microsoft.com...
> > DL,
> >
> > I am somewhat confused by your answers, and hope you can expand and
> > clarify
> > for me.
> >
> > Yes, I want to replace the 80Gb drive with a new, faster one that is at
> > least 320Gb.
> >
> > As for cloning the C: drive to a new drive, you also mention "using all of
> > the available space on the 500Gb drive". I'm not sure if you mean to
> > temporarily use 320Gb of the 500Gb drive just for the cloning, or to
> > partition the 500Gb drive into 2 drives. If you mean the later, I do not
> > wish
> > to partition the 500Gb or use any part of it for the primary drive. My
> > intention was to have 500Gb just for files, because I store a lot of
> > photos
> > and do not wish to keep them on CDs or other media. Of course, I do back
> > up
> > the photos to an online backup service just in case of hard drive failure.
> >
> > Could you also please clarify what you mean about "replace the slave with
> > what will be your new C"? I'm unsure whether you are calling my 500Gb
> > second
> > drive the slave drive, or the original 80Gb C: drive?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Cyndi
> No, DL did not intend for you to use only 320 GB of a 500 GB drive for the
> system. What DL posted is a method for cloning the existing 80 GB disk onto
> a new disk of whatever size. I presume that DL's mentioning of 320 GB was a
> slip of the wrist. Acronis True Image is quite capable of expanding
> partitions to fill the space provided by a bigger drive.
>
> What you do is to remove your existing 500 GB drive and put a new drive in
> its place. Then, you clone your 80GB drive onto the new drive taking care
> to tell ATI to expand the partitions to use all of the new drive.
>
> When the cloning completes, take out the existing 80 GB drive, put the new
> drive in its place, and reinstall your old 500 GB drive. This is a
> shortened description of the process. Since your current data disk will not
> be installed while all this is going on, your current data is out of harm's
> way.
>
> Jim
> >
> > "DL" wrote:
> >
> >> That might depend on your PC maker.
> >> Are you wanting to replace the C drive entirely?
> >> If you use a cloning app, eg Acronis TI you can clone your existing C
> >> drive
> >> to a new drive, and in the process clone to a larger drive. ie if the
> >> origonal drive is 80gb you can clone to a 320gb drive using all the
> >> available space on the 500gb, the new C will be 320gb (less the usual
> >> formated amount)
> >> Acronis provides a fully functioning trial version (14 days, I think)
> >> Follow the instructions, should be no problem. For safety's sake
> >> disconnect
> >> the slave, or in your case replace the slave with what will be your new
> >> C,
> >> and any media readers, leave only the cd/dvd drive and HD connected, no
> >> periferals
> >>
> >> "cyndiwise notsowise" <cyndiwisenotsowise@discussions.microsoft.com>
> >> wrote
> >> in message news:5831DFC6-4C93-4A8D-B0E7-6A3C764795E2@microsoft.com...
> >> >I apologize for bringing up an old topic, but I'm wondering if Shenan
> >> > Stanley's post would be helpful in my situation.
> >> >
> >> > I have Windows XP Home that was preinstalled on my Compaq PC. Although
> >> > I
> >> > have installed a 500Gb second hard drive, and moved the entire My
> >> > Documents
> >> > folder to the second drive, the original C: drive with 75Gb is still
> >> > running
> >> > out of room.
> >> >
> >> > What I want to do is install a new primary C: drive with at least 320Gb
> >> > and
> >> > reinstall all of my apps on the new drive. I realize I will have to
> >> > install
> >> > all the drivers, etc. as outlined in Shenan's post, which I do feel
> >> > comfortable in doing.
> >> >
> >> > What I'm wondering is if I can buy an unlicensed copy of Windows XP SP3
> >> > and
> >> > use the original license that came with the PC to install Windows XP
> >> > Home
> >> > on
> >> > a new C:drive. Since I only have room for 2 hard drives in my CPU case,
> >> > I
> >> > would not keep the old hard drive. As long as I have the product key
> >> > for
> >> > the
> >> > original installation, can I use the unlicensed copy with SP3 to set up
> >> > the
> >> > new primary drive?
> >> >
> >> > I want to avoid having to install XP from the original Restore CD,
> >> > since
> >> > it
> >> > would take an enormous amount of time to download all the updates to XP
> >> > Home
> >> > since 2002.
> >> >
> >> > FYI - several people have advised me that there's no way that I could
> >> > have
> >> > enough apps installed to take up 55Gb, but apparently I do. I have a
> >> > lot
> >> > of
> >> > apps that require lots of disk space, as well as lots of RAM. I have
> >> > upgraded
> >> > my system to 2Gb RAM, and while this helped speed it up, I still have
> >> > the
> >> > issue of Virtual Memory running out of room. And, I have more apps that
> >> > I
> >> > want to install.
> >> >
> >> > I routinely run the defrag and disk cleanup utilities, but when my free
> >> > disk
> >> > space gets below about 15Gb, then defrag won't run.
> >> >
> >> > Thanks very much if anyone can advise me on this situation.
> >> >
> >> > Cyndi
> >> >
> >> > "Shenan Stanley" wrote:
> >> >
> >> > [long post re: steps to reinstall Windows XP Home]
> >>
> >>
> >>
>
>
>
cyndiwise notsowise
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Re: How do I totally remove Windows and Reinstall?
Posted: 03-31-2009, 04:02 AM
Am I understanding correctly that cloning my old C: drive to a new drive
would eliminate having to install XP again?

I was thinking with a fresh install of XP I could bypass all the extraneous
software that came installed from Compaq which is pretty much useless.

Cyndi

"Jim" wrote:
> Replies inline---
> "cyndiwise notsowise" <cyndiwisenotsowise@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote
> in message news:A6D8A204-FFB2-4734-A3B2-7A632A226FAC@microsoft.com...
> > DL,
> >
> > I am somewhat confused by your answers, and hope you can expand and
> > clarify
> > for me.
> >
> > Yes, I want to replace the 80Gb drive with a new, faster one that is at
> > least 320Gb.
> >
> > As for cloning the C: drive to a new drive, you also mention "using all of
> > the available space on the 500Gb drive". I'm not sure if you mean to
> > temporarily use 320Gb of the 500Gb drive just for the cloning, or to
> > partition the 500Gb drive into 2 drives. If you mean the later, I do not
> > wish
> > to partition the 500Gb or use any part of it for the primary drive. My
> > intention was to have 500Gb just for files, because I store a lot of
> > photos
> > and do not wish to keep them on CDs or other media. Of course, I do back
> > up
> > the photos to an online backup service just in case of hard drive failure.
> >
> > Could you also please clarify what you mean about "replace the slave with
> > what will be your new C"? I'm unsure whether you are calling my 500Gb
> > second
> > drive the slave drive, or the original 80Gb C: drive?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Cyndi
> No, DL did not intend for you to use only 320 GB of a 500 GB drive for the
> system. What DL posted is a method for cloning the existing 80 GB disk onto
> a new disk of whatever size. I presume that DL's mentioning of 320 GB was a
> slip of the wrist. Acronis True Image is quite capable of expanding
> partitions to fill the space provided by a bigger drive.
>
> What you do is to remove your existing 500 GB drive and put a new drive in
> its place. Then, you clone your 80GB drive onto the new drive taking care
> to tell ATI to expand the partitions to use all of the new drive.
>
> When the cloning completes, take out the existing 80 GB drive, put the new
> drive in its place, and reinstall your old 500 GB drive. This is a
> shortened description of the process. Since your current data disk will not
> be installed while all this is going on, your current data is out of harm's
> way.
>
> Jim
> >
> > "DL" wrote:
> >
> >> That might depend on your PC maker.
> >> Are you wanting to replace the C drive entirely?
> >> If you use a cloning app, eg Acronis TI you can clone your existing C
> >> drive
> >> to a new drive, and in the process clone to a larger drive. ie if the
> >> origonal drive is 80gb you can clone to a 320gb drive using all the
> >> available space on the 500gb, the new C will be 320gb (less the usual
> >> formated amount)
> >> Acronis provides a fully functioning trial version (14 days, I think)
> >> Follow the instructions, should be no problem. For safety's sake
> >> disconnect
> >> the slave, or in your case replace the slave with what will be your new
> >> C,
> >> and any media readers, leave only the cd/dvd drive and HD connected, no
> >> periferals
> >>
> >> "cyndiwise notsowise" <cyndiwisenotsowise@discussions.microsoft.com>
> >> wrote
> >> in message news:5831DFC6-4C93-4A8D-B0E7-6A3C764795E2@microsoft.com...
> >> >I apologize for bringing up an old topic, but I'm wondering if Shenan
> >> > Stanley's post would be helpful in my situation.
> >> >
> >> > I have Windows XP Home that was preinstalled on my Compaq PC. Although
> >> > I
> >> > have installed a 500Gb second hard drive, and moved the entire My
> >> > Documents
> >> > folder to the second drive, the original C: drive with 75Gb is still
> >> > running
> >> > out of room.
> >> >
> >> > What I want to do is install a new primary C: drive with at least 320Gb
> >> > and
> >> > reinstall all of my apps on the new drive. I realize I will have to
> >> > install
> >> > all the drivers, etc. as outlined in Shenan's post, which I do feel
> >> > comfortable in doing.
> >> >
> >> > What I'm wondering is if I can buy an unlicensed copy of Windows XP SP3
> >> > and
> >> > use the original license that came with the PC to install Windows XP
> >> > Home
> >> > on
> >> > a new C:drive. Since I only have room for 2 hard drives in my CPU case,
> >> > I
> >> > would not keep the old hard drive. As long as I have the product key
> >> > for
> >> > the
> >> > original installation, can I use the unlicensed copy with SP3 to set up
> >> > the
> >> > new primary drive?
> >> >
> >> > I want to avoid having to install XP from the original Restore CD,
> >> > since
> >> > it
> >> > would take an enormous amount of time to download all the updates to XP
> >> > Home
> >> > since 2002.
> >> >
> >> > FYI - several people have advised me that there's no way that I could
> >> > have
> >> > enough apps installed to take up 55Gb, but apparently I do. I have a
> >> > lot
> >> > of
> >> > apps that require lots of disk space, as well as lots of RAM. I have
> >> > upgraded
> >> > my system to 2Gb RAM, and while this helped speed it up, I still have
> >> > the
> >> > issue of Virtual Memory running out of room. And, I have more apps that
> >> > I
> >> > want to install.
> >> >
> >> > I routinely run the defrag and disk cleanup utilities, but when my free
> >> > disk
> >> > space gets below about 15Gb, then defrag won't run.
> >> >
> >> > Thanks very much if anyone can advise me on this situation.
> >> >
> >> > Cyndi
> >> >
> >> > "Shenan Stanley" wrote:
> >> >
> >> > [long post re: steps to reinstall Windows XP Home]
> >>
> >>
> >>
>
>
>
 
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