like others have suggested the cleanest and safest way is gonna be to format the HD and start from scratch. You can always use something like a removable USB hard drive to back up any data you need from XP and then move it back over once 2K is installed. XP has much better driver support though. want to sell me your copy of XP?
Actually I built a Linux box about 3 weeks ago. I never have trouble with the basic install of the OS, it's the drivers and apps that gets me. But then I have very little experience with Linux. I focus on Windows because that's what I have to support at work.
I could use a cappucino making OS.
Ciaran, That is the problem. IT WONT BOOT FROM THE CD. I know how to boot from a CD, I know how to use a computer, and I'm telling you, it WILL not boot from this CD.
And no, Linux is not too geeky for me, I ran it for a long time, and still have a box running it. I do know a lot about computers, just for some reason uninstalling XP is giving me problems
Hmmm... OK... I assume that the BIOS is set to have the CD drive as the first boot device. Is the PC not picking up the CD at all on boot? Like someone else said, have you tried other bootable CD's to determine if it's the CD, or the drive/PC? If the BIOS is set correctly it sounds like either the CD is hosed, it's flashing the "Press any key to boot from CD" screen so fast that you don't see it, or the CD drive is hosed.
will it boot from other CDs? I've had iso images that I "found" on the internet before that were supposed to be bootable but for whatever reason were not. I'm no expert when it comes to windows (linux sys admin) but if you can't boot off the install cd how will you get it installed? You got boot floppies or something like that?