I agree, Windows ME is one of the worst operating systems to use or upgrade from.
I have a friend's dad who bought a Compaq 1.1ghz from a friend of mine (who stole 128mb of ram from an older machine of mine and sold it with it -the a-hole.) and it had Windows ME on it. He figured it was a good deal because the old computer he was using was a Pentium 200mmx with 32 mb ram.
But anyway - he can't get rid of ME, he's formatted and reinstalled different operating systems and it just doesn't work, the computer doesn't handle anything other than Windows Me, it's a weird situation but there's nothing he can do to change it so he's pretty much stuck with it.
I'd like to state that this man Has an MCSA, and can't figure out the problem, he's also worked in computers for 30 years so it's definitely not an inexperience issue.
But yeah, Do a clean XP install and I hope you don't run in to any problems.
New PC (Finished May 4, 2004)
Athlon XP 2800+
Soyo Dragon ultra Platinum KT600
1024 MB Kingston Hyper-X
120GB 7200 RPM 8MB
160GB 7200 RPM 2MB
GeForce FX5500 256MB
16x52x32x52 DVD/CDRW Combo