ive got XP Pro ready to go. my setup is: dell 1.7GHz 1.0GHz ram THX sound Nvidia 64MB Ge2 Ultra 60GB 7200rpm hard drive CD-RW DVD last time i attempted this, the reformat rendered my video card totally useless even after attempted detinator driver revival tactics (down to 4 colors) and nothing worked properly (would only accept safe mode). i am wondering if it had something to do with erasing the ZZTOP thing that dell puts on all their computers (a complete, hidden partition that is used for emergency redo's if someone F's up like i did) ive been reluctant to try ever since, but have gotten to the point where i cant take all this added CRAP on my computer, and want to reformat even if it means crashing again and losing everything permanently. does ANYONE have a real life, good, working website/explination of how i can safely reformat my entire computer and clean reinstall with my XP Pro? thanks again folks.