It’s time to reinstall XP and I have a few questions that I just can’t find anywhere online -
I have Windows XP Pro - the upgrade one I think. Will I need to reinstall Windows 98 if I do a full format, or are there ways around this?
Should I reinstall using the Windows XP CD (just put it in and do a reinstall)? Or should I go the old fdisk route?
I read that the Windows XP reinstall doesn’t do a full clean sweep, but how big a difference would threre really be?
I’m currently using FAT32 (on my main drive but not slave) and would like to change to NTFS. Should I do this through Windows XP reinstallation or do a full format outside of Windows and then load up the Setup CD?
Can I do NTFS through fdisk? Does changing format types delete the files on the drive?
I have 2 hard drives (both around 15 gigs), a 5 year old Western Digital (main) and a 3 year old Quantum Fireball. Should I swap the Quantum to my main drive?
True, but that can go wrong. The change in file system can screw up programs–at least, that’s what Microsoft says.
Personally, what I would do would be to make a backup of everything needing backup, then do a format and change the file system. Of course, if you don’t want or need the security of the NTFS format, there is no absolute need to change.