Here is The Step By Step Guide to Format or install win xp from a bootable CD(Warning: Do it at your own risk, Back up all you data before formating the drive.
Insert the windows XP cd in your cdrom and than go to the BIOS by
hitting "DEL" or "F12? when your system in powering on. Go to Boot order
and make sure cdrom is on the first place.
Save settings and restart your computer.
Once you have successfully booted from the CD, you will see the
Windows XP "Welcome to Setup" screen. Press ENTER to begin the setup
- License Agreement
When it shows about License Agreement just press F8(function key) to accept the agreement.
Step 3: Previous Versions of Windows XP
In this step setup will search for existing Windows installations. after search complete will see two option "R for repair or Esc to install fresh copy" Note:
screen will appear only if a Windows
installation is already exists on your pc. If you're installing on a
brand-new hard drive,you have to skip this option and see step 5.
Step 4:To Continue installing fresh copy
. You will be given a list of partitions available on your hard drive.
Step 5: Partitions
If there are multiple partitions on your hard drive, or you have
multiple hard drives in the computer, use the UP or DOWN arrow keys to
choose your install partition. Please note that your system partition
needs to be a primary partition (usually the first partition that shows
up in the list), not a logical partition.
The partition should be at least 10 GB in size. Make sure that all the
data you need from this partition is copied elsewhere, because it will
Once you have selected the right partition selected, press ENTER. You
will see the next "you already have a system installed" screen only if
you already have Windows installed on this partition. If you are
installing on a brand-new hard drive, skip to Step 7.
Step 6: Continue Installing On The Selected Drive
Press C to continue. You will be given a list of install options
Step 7: Format The Selected Partition
Select the option to "Format the partition using the NTFS file system
(quick) and press ENTER.You will receive a warning about formatting the
drive unless the drive is brand-new.
Step 8: Continue With The Format
Press F to continue formatting selected partition. If you still
haven't backed up, this is the last change to backup your important
data, after this step you will not to able to go back and restore your
Step 9: Copying Files
After the format setup will automatically copy files and restart your
computer. Go to BIOS and remove cdrom from first boot device. Start
Step 10: Automatic Installation After RestartSetup will continue to install after the restart. it will ask you for
the product key and user name etc. Fill the forms yourself.