First, as long a you have the original CD and the legal CD key, you can reinstall it as many times as you want... After 3, I believe, you may need to make a telephone call to Microsoft so you can reactivate XP, but there is no charge and they generally do it quite easily..
Next, click on the link below and follow the steps to eliminate unnecessary startup programs and services. For Windows 2000/XP, ignore the first couple of sentences about checking "resources" and the "Performance tab" in the link below but follow the rest of the procedures including the "Services" links at the bottom. It should speed things up substantially.
How To Shut Down Unnecessary Start Up Programs
Because the links for the "Services" are no longer functioning in the link above, use this one:
And next, in order eliminate some of the junk files on your C drive and give you some more space, please follow the instructions below:
First, since you only have a 20 GB C" partition, try decreasing the amount of space that System Restore uses like this: RIGHT click on "My Computer", choose "Properties". When that loads, click on the "System Restore" tab, then click ONCE on the C drive listing and click on the "Settings" button. When that loads, move the "Disk Space to Use" slider to something lower, try 10%, then click on OK.
Next, click on the links below and follow the instructions to eliminate unneeded files from the computer. For Windows XP, it's best to NOT delete the .chk files that you find...
How To Clean Unwanted Files From The Hard Drive
Once that's done, because you have Service Pack 2 on your computer, follow the instructions in the link below to tidy up a little more.
Cleanup After SP2 Installation
After following all the procedures above, run Error Checking/Chkdsk and Defrag to optimize the hard drive:
How To Run 'Error Checking/Chkdsk' On Win2000/XP
Hope this helps.
I was wondering how many times that you are allowed to do a clean reinstall of your OS. Mine has been installed on the same pc two times. The first was just on top of windows ME. The second was a clean reinstall, with assistance from a Microsoft tech. Not knowing how to do it, or just too scared to try it, I contacted Microsoft for help. I have a 20 gig hard drive as master & a 40 gig as slave. The tech broke my 20gig into two partitions. I am now down to 2.93gigs on C drive. I tried moving files to one of the others, but it doesn't help. I had IE6 on here and I guess Microsoft thought I should have IE7, because that's what I have now. Can a "COMPLETE CLEAN REINSTALL" be done again without bad problems at the end? I need to do something as my pc is getting slower and slower. I have SP2 on a disk as well as all the ME disks, and the XP disks. Not sure what other info you need to help, let me know and I'll try to answer. Please help me. Thanks!