I have a system with two hard drives, one 27G and one 100G the 27 G has windows 98 installed on it. It started having problems so we decided to upgrade to windows xp pro. We installed in on the 100G disk. Because it saw the windows 98 (which was becoming very problematic and we were only keeping as backup) it installed winxp pro to drive letter L (we have both disks partitioned with logical partitions). Now windows xp pro drive has had problems, we ended up with some bad spyware and then tried to change our antivirus and firewall software and have had conflict problems and Norton losing the fact I had administrator rights and it doesn't always start up on its own. So short version is I want to reinstall a clean installation of Windows XP Pro on a new disk we bought with 120G, but we want it to install to drive C. I am sure if I put in just this disk and format it will go ok, but I don't understand how the activation issue will work. I am assuming windows xp on't like it and will think I have installed on a second drive. I also want to keep the old one on "L" drive until I know I have the new drive up and running with protection. Iwant to install basic software, Drive Image for backup, firewall, antivirus, etc and basic software then do drive image so if I ever have to reload again, I can just load an image from this point and add data from data backups. I also want to make sure I have backed up all files I will need like email, etc, but I don't want to use the winxp utility because we changed user accounts and things and it messed up a lot of things. So will I have big problems doing this, and will I get a few days to call up Microsoft and reactivate and explain what I ahve done and isn't a second computer install? Does any of this make sense to anyone? We have kept old info on drives before as I am paranoid I will forget to backup the right files and like to option of retaining them in the future. I plan to copy info from the 27 G drive to the current 100G drive for archive purposes and then use the 100 G drive as a second drive in the system. I do a lot with digital photographs and like all the extra drive space. Any suggestions on how to reinstall and reactivate with least hassle? Sorry so long I am tired and I have something called fibromyalgia so it makes my thinking foggy sometimes.
Any suggestions and warnings would be appreciated.