Over time, the Windows XP operating system can start slowing down, freezing and failing to shut down. This can be corrected by reinstalling the system on your computer. However, this can be a problem if your computer didn’t come with a CD copy of the OS software (many cheaper computers won’t). In these cases, there is a copy of the installment application saved on your main hard drive. You can access this software from the C: drive to reinstall the XP system and clean out your computer.
Go to “My Computer” in the Windows “Start” menu. Open the folder for the C: drive, then open the “i386” folder. Look for the file titled “winnt32.exe” and open it.
Use the winnt32.exe application to reinstall the XP operating system on your computer. The steps the program requires are straightforward, which include agreeing to the software license, choosing the location to install the system, deleting the partition to create a new one, choosing a file system and creating a name for the computer. You’ll also need to input the product key.
Reboot the system if needed. Once you are sure the entire operating system is fully functioning, reinstall or copy all your personal applications, programs and files from your backups.