If your computer has already been used and reconfigured by multiple users, as shared computers often are, you should consider reinstalling Windows before installing Windows SteadyState.
Reasons to reinstall Windows:
- Reformatting and reinstalling is the best way to help create a
more secure environment, to help enhance user privacy, and to
improve performance and stability.
- Reinstalling Windows automatically removes the separate
partition you may have created when you initially installed Shared
- Reinstalling gives you an opportunity to create a new disk
partition. A separate disk partition can be useful when using
Windows Disk Protection because you can use it to store permanent
files and user profiles that you want to retain when the Windows
Disk Protection cache is cleared. For more information on saving
data and files permanently, see Creating Permanent User
Profiles on a Separate Partition.
For more information on reinstalling Windows XP, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article #896528.