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There are a few ways you can go about reformatting.... I'm most experienced with the DOS method of booting from something other than you HD, for example a bootable floppy, then running fdisk. Deleting the partitions, then running format and letting it do it's thing. In case you don't know the commands they are
A:\fdisk 'where A: is your floppy and
A:\format C:\ ' where A: is still and floppy and C: is the hard drive being formatted.

There might be a problem.. if you have the upgrade version of XP I'm not sure if it's bootable, so it would make re-installation of an OS difficult. If you have the full version, just pop in the CD, make sure that you BIOS is looking for the CD-ROM as whatever it is (ie: secondary master or whatever); you will be prompted to boot from the CD and the installation setup will take it from there.
I hope this helps.
 
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