Reinstall Windows XP
To reinstall Windows XP, try either of the
following methods. If the first method does not work, try the second.Note
You may want to disconnect from the Internet during the installation.
This helps protect you from malicious users.
Start the reinstallation from Windows XP
To reinstall Windows XP by using Windows XP CD, follow
- Start your computer.
- Insert the Windows XP
CD in your computer's CD drive or DVD drive.
- On the Welcome to
Windows XP page, click Install Windows XP.
the Welcome to Windows Setup page, click Upgrade
(Recommended) in the Installation Type
box (if it is not already selected), and then click Next.
- On the License Agreement page,
click I accept this agreement, and then
- On the Your Product
Key page, type the 25-character product key in the Product key boxes, and then click Next.
- On the Get Updated Setup Files
page, select the option that you want, and then click Next.
- Follow the instructions that
appear on the screen to reinstall Windows XP.
successfully completed the reinstallation, congratulations. You are
almost done. Please continue to the "After you reinstall Windows XP"
section to finish.
Method 2: Repair install of Windows XP by starting
your computer from the Windows XP CD
If Windows XP was preinstalled on your
computer, you may need the installation CD to reinstall. Contact your
computer manufacturer to make sure that you have the installation CD for
a repair installation.
To reinstall Windows XP by starting your
computer from the Windows XP CD, follow these steps:
- Insert the
Windows XP CD into your computer's CD drive or DVD drive, and then
restart your computer.
- When you receive the "Press any key to
boot from CD" message on the screen, press a key to start your computer
from the Windows XP CD.
- The following message on the Welcome to
Setup screen will appear:
This portion of the
Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:
To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.
To repair a Windows XP installation by using Recovery Console, press R.
To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
- Press ENTER to set up
- On the Windows XP Licensing
Agreement screen, press F8 to
agree to the license agreement.
- Make sure that your current
installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP.
- Follow the
instructions that appear on the screen to reinstall Windows XP. After
you repair Windows XP, you may have to reactivate your copy of Windows
For more information, click the following article number to view the
article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
How to troubleshoot Windows XP Setup problems when you upgrade from
Windows 98 or Windows Millennium Edition.
Hope this helps.