I've helped others from a wipe and reinstall. The reason we try to do the save manuever is that most can't install Windows proper. Why? Microsoft didn't make it easy (hint: drivers, worms, no firewall on most CDs)

So I have 2 recurring concoctions that I use. Here's links to both.

http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6132_102-0.html?forumID=32&threadID=1313&messageID=15002

With XP being more prevalent today, I'd add Free AVG AntiSpwyare in place of Adaware/Spybot.

http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6142_102-0.html?forumID=5&threadID=218013&messageID=2320320 notes a newer idea which I've dubbed "The SIXPACK."

Hope this helps,

bob