1. Ok so you want to reinstall the os (or install a new OS), how do I do it?
When you book the mini-9 and if you select 0, one of the boot options are USB boot.
USB keys are very cheap nowadays, I picked up a 8gb USB key for $80 which is more than enough room.
2. Ive got my USB key now what?
What you have to do is prepare your USB key so the mini-9 will recognise it and boot whatever is installed on it. To do this you have to follow the following steps:
Hop on a machine that has a dvd drive so you can put in your xp or vista media
type list disk (see if your disk is listed)
select disk 1 (assuming this is your usb key)
create partition primary
select partition 1
I assume d: is your xp or vista dvd drive e: is the usb drive
Now xcopy d:\*.* /s/e/f e:\When that is done simply reboot your mini-9, select 0 for boot options and select USB, your computer will boot and load from the USB key much faster than a DVDROM