Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
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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