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This procedure demonstrates how to install Windows XP Professional.
The procedure to install Windows XP home edition is very similar to the
professional edition. Since Windows XP Pro is more advanced operating
system, it will be used to demonstrate the installation procedure.
best way install Windows XP is to do a clean install. It is not
difficult to perform a clean installation. Before you perform the
installation I recommend that you check
to ensure that your hardware is supported by XP. If your hardware is
not on the compatibility list you can check your hardware manufactures
website to download the drivers for Windows XP. Save all the necessary
drivers onto floppy disks or CD before you start the installation.
You may need to check to see which "service pack" you are currently on.
See below requirements:
System Software — Windows XP & Vista
Windows Vista Business or Ultimate Edition
32-bit OS Installation Only
Windows XP Professional or Home Edition
With Windows XP Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3
Windows Vista 64-bit (any version)
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
Windows XP Media Center Edition
Windows 98, Me, 2000, NT, 95, 3.1, DOS
Windows Vista Home and Home Premium Edition
Although Windows Vista Home and Home Premium Edition have not
been tested or qualified by Digidesign, there are currently no known
issues with Vista Home and Home Premium 32-bit operating systems and
Pro Tools M-Powered 7.4 compared to the supported Windows Vista
Business or Ultimate Edition operating systems.
Windows Vista SP1
There are currently no known issues with Service Pack 1 for Windows
Vista based on our initial limited testing and customer feedback.
Although full qualification with all Digidesign products has not been
completed, we do not recommend against updating to SP1, given the number of important overall system fixes in SP1. We do
recommend that you backup your system and create a restore point before
updating to SP1, should you encounter any problems after installing the
If you use his disk, that will be better, because if it is original HP disk, it should install all original drivers at all, however this may delete all files on the computer depending on the type of installation you do.
Installing an older version of XP home does not make a big difference , as windows will update the system using automatic updates. What must be done, is ensuring that all proper drivers are installed.
Check device manager, in control panel/system, and see if all devices are installed with proper drivers.
Buy a cd drive and reformat the computer completely and that will for sure get rid of the password protection. If you want to save all the information on the computer, then you will also need to buy a new hard drive and take out your old one.
if you have windows 98 boot disk put that in, the firt thing you do is to go to f-disk and change the partions in it, then format c: drive. take out disk in A drive put in New windows XP CD and restart. the disk will run and install itself. and thats it. right now your partions are set to read only windows 95, 98, there are 2 options to choose from I belive the one you need is 32.