How to format A hp with windows xp
How to get started - I shall explain in a step-wise manner so that you dont miss any steps.
Step 1. As I had earlier said, back-up your data.
sure you dont have sensitive files on the C drive - if you want to safe
back up, you can use this hardisk as a secondary hard disk and transfer
the files that needs to be backed up.
Step 2. Check your current setup of your PC.
like just to be on the safer side and we get to know the hardware stuff
in your PC - take an inventory of all the hardware you've currently got
installed. I would recomment to print a report from Device Manager.
Step 3. Format whats on C, and take a deep breath as you do that ;), and say goodbye to everything on your C: drive.
Revisit steps 1 & 2, and assure that nothing has gone wrong.
Step 4. Insert the Windows installation disk into your CD drive. Shut down your PC. Then, boot from CD.
part is important: do NOT run the Windows installation from Windows
itself. Shut down first, and then boot up the machine from CD. My Dell
has a little message as it's booting up that says "Press F12 to boot
from CD," so that's what I did. If you're not sure how to boot from CD,
check your PC's user guide for more info.
The reason why booting
from CD is important is because we're going to delete the C: drive
partition where Windows is installed and re-format it. You can't do
this if Windows booted from C:, because it can't delete the partition
from which it is running.
You CAN install Windows without
deleting the partition and formatting, but that means all your program
files and other riff-raff that's collected on your C: drive will still
be there when you're done, just taking up unnecessary space. That's not
the point of all this. Be sure to boot from CD.
Step 5. Step through the Windows installation.
be greeted by blue screens with white text on them. All the directions
are clearly spelled out on each of them. Still, we'll go over what to
At the Welcome to Setup page, press Enter. Press F8 to
accept the Windows XP Licensing Agreement. You'll be asked if you want
to repair your existing Windows XP installation. Press ESC to bypass
the repair and install a fresh copy. You want to delete the current
partition where Windows is installed. Use the arrow key to select it,
and press D to delete it. Press L to confirm. Then, to create a new
partition, select the unpartitioned space and press C. To create a new
partition with the maximum amount of space allotted to it, press Enter.
select the brand spanking new partition you've just created to install
Windows on. Format the drive as NTFS (Quick if you want, but I went
thorough just to be sure.) Depending on the size of the drive and how
fast your computer is, this will take some time. Get a sandwich. Then,
follow Windows Setup's steps, set your area code and name and password
and let it reboot as many times as necessary until it asks you to log
in for the first time. Congratulations! Welcome to your fresh new
Step 6. Install any missing drivers.
you get Windows XP up and running, chances are everything on your
computer won't be working perfectly. Are you connected to the internet?
Can you play music? Is your screen resolution unusually large? The
answer is probably no to all those questions, except the last one. Do
not panic. This is the part where you install the right drivers for
your hardware. First, get a list of what Windows doesn't have installed
correctly. From Control Panel, go to System, then Hardware, and click
on the Device Manager. Those yellow question marks/exclamation points
are Windows' way of saying "I know this hardware is here, but I don't
know what it is or how to control it." Insert each driver CD you've got
stacked up beside you and install the software needed for all your
computer's components. If you don't have a driver disk, get on that
other machine you've got next to you, and Google up the brand and model
of each of the components for which you need a driver, download, burn
to disk and install on your fresh Windows machine. Those two handy
hardware audits you printed out in Step 2 will be your friend, but
without the discs that came with your machine, it will be a bit of a
guessing game, matching up the yellow question marks with the items on
your reports. Take educated guesses. Good luck.
As for me, I had
to manually install drivers for my video card, sound card, printer, TV
tuner card and Bluetooth adaptor. Your mileage may vary.
Step 7. Update Windows.
you used the Windows installation CD that shipped with your computer
three years ago, you've got an old version of Windows that came out 7
service packs ago. As soon as you're online (got that ethernet
card/wifi card driver installed?) go directly to Windows Update and
patch up Windows nice and tight and secure. Do not wait to do this as
there are probably lots of computer baddies just beyond your network
card waiting to ravage your virginal machine the minute it's out there
alone in the wild internet. Yes, that sounded dirty on purpose.
Step 8. Install all needed software applications and tweak Windows to taste.
May 16, 2010 |