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Choose to boot from your CD, you can do this by going into your system setup on boot by pressing the F2 key, sometimes this key maybe the ESC key so as you boot, watch your screen to see which one is for your system, it usually comes up on your screen somewhere as you boot and reads F2 = Setup, or "Press F2 to Enter Setup". Once in there find your boot sequence and make booting from the CD the first one. Then save and exit. Once you exit, the machine will reboot and start from the CD so have the XP CD already in the drive.
Follow the prompts on the screen and eventually you will be asked where you wish to install XP. On the bottom of the screen you will see certain letters equal certain actions. First make sure your C: drive is selected using the arrow keys. Then press "D" for delete partition. It will make sure that you actually want to do this...just accept all defaults.
Then you must press "C" for create partition. Accept all defaults again and follow the prompts formatting will then proceed in NTFS form. Either quick or normal you can choose. After the yellow bar has completed the format, setup will begin.
Follow the onscreen prompts to setup windows.
After your system wants to reboot after setup remember to go back into your F2 setup and change the boot sequence back to C: then Floppy A: and then your CD drive. C: drive must be first at least. When you exit this time setup will continue.
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