My question is should i autonuke, interactive (mode to chose what partitions to nuke), or what
if you choose autonuke, be sure that you remove all usb sticks, external hard disk, internal hard disk that you don't want to nuke! If you have only 1 hard disk in your PC, you can choose that option.
If i nuke all partitions will i then be able to go straight to the factory reinstall disk and it will guide me to create the partitions and add whatever is needed to complete the xp setup.
If you have an install disk of XP, yes. If you have an image disk of XP, it will copy the image to your hard drive and it will be the same as when you bought your pc.
Or will nuking the whole blessed drive push me to extra steps for dos, fdsik,nts , create new partitions etc.
Windows XP will let you make partitions.