Posted 19 April 2012 - 04:39 PM
Well it depends on what your objective is
If you want to present a totally clean system to your daughter, there is of course nothing to beat a clean install of windows.
The clean install incorporating a format of the drive and the reinstallation of Windows itself must of course, in the terms of the normal user, then make anything that WAS on the drive unavailable.
However of course, all programs installed will be lost and unrecoverable unless you have the installation media
Additionally unless you have XP SP3 installation media you will be faced with the SP and hours of updating, driver issues etc.
In short it depends on what yoju wish to present to your daughter, what is on it now, that you do not wish her to see if anything, etc. and of course if the computer has a recovery parttiion, rather than using a Microosoft XP CD on a non branded computer, then the reovery parttiion will rteurn it to how it was when sold if that option is selected.