I called John up and asked him as if I hadn't started anything yet,
Me: Is there anything on your old hard drive that you need to keep?
John: You mean will I be devastated if it all gets wiped out?
Me: Well, it would just be easier if I reinstalled XP onto the new drive.
John: Okay, go ahead.
Whew, did I get lucky on that one? I know better than trying something on someone else’s machine that I haven't done to my own without backing up everything first.
Anyway, I FDISK'd both drives and installed, activated, and registered XP and had to set up MSN Explorer and download all the service packs and updates. And since John only has a 56K modem, it only took 4 hours for the updates to download and install.
He's happy. I'm relieved. And nobody got hurt.
Mini crisis over, kissing ass avoided. Normally I wouldn't mind that, but John is uh...not my type. :-)