I currently have Windows ME. I want to install Windows XP with a fresh install, fully formatting all other info/folders before it installs. But when I select this option booting up from the CD, it asks to read a valid Windows 98/ME in the CD-ROM drive. Well I do not have such a CD. Instead, Alienware sent a recovery CD that has ME on it. The product for this ME recovery CD is on the back of the PC. But CD boot up XP home edition for full format does not recognize the recovery CD as a valid disk. Nor does it give an option in asking for the product key. Thus the only way I can install XP is if I do not reformat. I want to reformat because there are lots of junk files in the program file folder. I'm not sure what's safe to delete. I want a true clean install, not a slap-on-top install. :rolleyes: Another option is to wait for my new ME recovery CD to arrive. Yep, new recovery CD. Because when I use the recovery CD to go through the full format process, then install ME cleanly, it will not comply. The CD is flawed somewhere. But when I do get my new recovery CD, I can reformat and install ME cleanly, and then upgrade to XP immediately after (inwhich then I will save a restore point here). Never-the-less, I still am hoping there is the option of installing XP with full format, with not having to read from a Windows 98/ME disk. I want to do this clean out before I install the new slave drive. Since I have to transfer a lot of stuff, mainly games, I might as well do a full reformat for a healthy cleansing. And it's something I usually do every year anyways.