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How to Install Windows XP

You are now reading this Tutorial on How to Install Windows XP maybe because you want to reinstall your operating system or you are just bored and want to have something to read. Though WINDOWS XP is already an obsolete operating system since Vista and Windows 7 were released, but a lot of people still like it for some reasons. Installing the operating system can be a tricky procedure. But don't worry because this tutorial will guide you through the whole process.

Operating System Re-installation will remove everything including your files - like pictures, documents, etc. therefore it is really very important to back up those files. Of course, you can back up them if your computer's old operating system is not that ruined yet.

Here are the things that you need:

1. Operating System Installation Disc
2. Drivers and Utilities Disc
3. Any programs and software that you want to install in your computer
4. Don't forget to install an Anti-Virus

Before you do the installation process, make sure that all the peripheral devices are disconnected from the computer (eg. printer, internet cable, etc.). Just leave your keyboard and mouse connected to your computer.


1. Place the windows xp installation cd to the dvd-rom tray.
2. Turn off the computer. After turning it off, turn it on and press any key in the keyboard once it asks you to do so.

The computer should start booting to the installation disc.

Just press ESC once you see the screen that looks the same with the picture above.

You will now reach to the Windows Welcome-to-Set-up Screen. Since you want to do the clean re-installation, so press ENTER.

You will be directed to the TERMS AND AGREEMENTS page. Just press F8 to agree.

Now is the time to create a partition in the hard disk. Unusable space in the hard disk is labeled unpartitioned. What we need to do is to partition it. However, if you are trying to install to hard disk which was previously used, then a partitioned space will show up there. You have to delete all the partitions by pressing D until you can only see 1 unpartitioned space which is listed in the screen. It should look like the picture below.

Just press C to create a partition.

After pressing C, we will now be given an option to choose the of our partition. This is a very important step because we need to decide whether we make another partition or not. The easiest choice is to make 1 partition only but it is not the best choice. We want to separate our data from the system files. Thus, if our operating system mess up, we can reinstall the operating system without touching the files or data that we have saved in the different partition. If you want to create a 2nd partition, you can divide the of the whole partition into two.

After you have created the two partitions, now is the time to install your operating system. Highlight the first time by using the up and down arrow keys and press ENTER.

It will ask you if what type of format are you going to do with your hard drive. Select "Format the partition using the NTFS file system. Then, press ENTER.

Formatting will take some time, depending on the speed of your computer.

After all are loaded up to the hard drive, the computer will restart by itself. You can then see a page that looks like the picture below. It will take another minutes to load up.

After the loading process, the computer will ask you some information like the date, time, your name, etc. Just supply it with the needed and information and click on next. After the set up process, it will then restart and you can finally see the desktop with the start button on the left bottom corner of the screen. However, don't do anything yet because there's still a need for you to install the needed software to make your computer work perfectly fine.

Now is the time for you to insert the drivers and utilities disc. It has an auto-run configuration, so, what you need to do is to wait for it and just follow the on-screen instructions. After the installation of the drivers and utilities, install the anti-virus and the other programs that you need to add to your computer.

It's just as easy as that. Don't be afraid to try things out for as long as there are tutorials like this.

Always remember that there are a lot of people around the world who are willing to help you with your technical problems. The best place to go when you have a problem is www.fixya.com - where expert technicians are waiting to help you out.

You might also interested in:

1. Windows 7 Installation Guide
2. Windows Vista Installation Guide

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my computer is not opening & asking for shutdown what to do

Maybe, you have to reinstall your operation system and formatting your partition C (where you have install the Windows) at the time when install the Windows.

Jan 15, 2014 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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it is blingking when you turn on..and nonthings hapen its jus blingking

-the operating system that you have is corrupted, you need to reinstall the OS, if it is XP you need to use repair install so that you can get files an picture in the computer
windows xp installation guide http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/winxp/install.mspx
-if it is vista or win 7 just install that OS to the main partition and you can get files in the windows.old folder in drive C:
install windows 7 guide http://www.techtalkz.com/windows-7/514412-windows-7-installation-guide-tutorial.html

Feb 23, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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I've replaced my dimension 1100 because it's so slow but I'd like the kids to have it. How can i restore it to factory settings & remove everything i've put on it in the last five years?

It might have a factory restore partition set up for this purpose, if it has you will normally see press (possibly) "F10" or similar key (maybe Alt + F10) on the boot up screen. If not you could always reinstall from scratch, but before you do check for a folder called "Drivers" and copy this folder, you will need these drivers for a full re install, failing that go to the Dell site and download any drivers available for your machine. You will probably not be able to access the internet from that machine until you install the Lan drivers. If im wrong with the restore keys to press the dell site will tell you those too, Google is a wonderfull tool.

Feb 03, 2011 | Dell Dimension 1100 PC Desktop

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The laptop won't load past the welcome screen. I can get it to start up, and go to a start in safe mode etc. but it won't load past the welcome screen.


Your computer is experiencing a no boot problem which means that the operating system is corrupted. You can do a start up repair to fix the computer but if it won't fix it then that's the time that you need to reinstall the whole operating system.

It could have been very helpful if you provided us with your operating system so that we can provide you with the exact troubleshooting. However, I just presume that you are using windows VISTA or Windows 7. However, this troubleshooting also works with windows XP.

Before you start the start up repair. You need the Operating System Installation disc from Microsoft.

1. Insert the disc in the dvd/cd drive.
2. Restart the computer.
3. Once you see the "press any key to boot to cd" message. Press any key.
4. It will bring you to a page where it will ask you to INSTALL or to REPAIR. Just click on repair.
5. It might ask you to load the drivers. Just click ok or next.
6. Follow the on-screen instructions.

However, if start up repair won't fix the problem, Clean Reinstallation is the next step. Clean reinstallation will delete everything in your computer including the files, pictures, etc. that you have saved. But you cannot really access them anymore since the computer won't boot up.

I'm am providing you with the links to the tutorial on how to reinstall the operating system.

2. Windows 7 Reinstallation Tutorial
3. Windows Vista Installation Guide

I hope this helps. Thank you for using fixya.


Feb 03, 2011 | Gateway M-7315U Notebook

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how to install XP in toshiba Satellite L45-S7423 laptop

You cannot uninstall Windows Vista, but you can reinstall your previous operating system, which then replaces Windows Vista. To reinstall your old operating system, you must have the original installation disc. Back up your programs and files, insert the installation disc into your computer, and then reinstall the old operating system. To regain the hard disk space used by Windows Vista, reformat the disk during the reinstallation process. After reinstalling your previous operating system, reinstall your programs and files.

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