I've reformatted and reinstalled the OS a few times over the life of my computer, but I can't for the life of me remember how I did it. The last time I did it was two years ago (and did it about 5 times in a row because of a, ultimately, unrelated problem). Can anyone help me out? I now have a CD-R as my only CD drive, do I have to take any precautions (ie download basic drivers) for this? Its been so long that I don't even remember how I coaxed the machine back into DOS, loaded the CD-drive... I have a full copy of WinXP Pro now, so it might have a "fresh install" option, should I just use that? After formatting and reintall; I've got 6 and 30 gig drives, should I just install Windows XP (and Office XP, with its greedy little hands) to the smaller one and install everything else to the bigger drive? Thanks for the help! I figure that I'm graduating college in a few months and I have the tentacles of millions of "educational" programs still burried in my computer. (Right after my last reinstall i installed a electrical circuits program called SPICE and I still see the message for this program during startup ) I'm going to have to get rid of them at some point and now that I have a CD-R drive I've been able to backup all of my documents... I've also upgraded to an OS that has most of the drivers that I need (last time I spent two weeks finding all of the drivers, since I mostly had to run back and forth from the computer lab on campus with my (un)trusty Floppy Disk).