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How to install Windows XP onto your old Computer without much IT or Computer Experience? Free Readable Guide Here!

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The easiest guide you'll ever find to Installing Windows XP onto your old Computer!


In this how to guide, a lot of assumptions are going to have to be made. Otherwise, There would simply be too much to write in this article, and be way to easy to overwhelm someone who doesn't know much about computers or technology. My goal of this article is to be able to provide enough information on how to Install Windows XP onto a Computer that you may already have. This how to step by step guide on the installation of Microsoft Windows XP applies to all versions of Windows XP such as, XP Home, XP Pro, and any other Windows XP package that was created by Microsoft. Below are the following things that I'm going to assume. If you have questions, remember you can always post a comment or post a question in the Discussion Forums. Just register a quick free account first!


Before beginning the installation, I'm going to assume the following from you:

  • You may already have a older version of Windows, or a different Operating System on your computer.

  • You do not have any important data or information on your hard drive. In the installation, everything will be wiped off the drive. Make sure that all of your important data has been backed up and put on to a disk or other removable media of some sorts.

  • You have access to all the Hardware Drivers that you'll need to get things working again after the installation has been completed. This would include your Sound, Video, Modem/Ethernet Adapter, or anything else like this. If you do perform the installation without being able to at least get your Modem/Ethernet card working, then you won't be able to get online and download and missing drivers that you may need.


Very Simple Installation Instructions for Windows XP:

1.) Hopefully, You're ready to begin the Windows XP installation. Put the Windows XP Installation CD-Rom into your CD-Rom/DVD-Rom Drive.

2.) Shut down the computer completely. Do not do a reboot, or a reset! There's a complete difference and it does very much matter. The power should be completely down on the computer for 20-30 seconds.

3.) Turn the computer back on. Right after it turns on, be ready to hit a key on your keyboard. About 10-20 seconds after turning your computer on, a quick message in white print will appear in the top left corner of a black screen that says "Press Any Key To Boot From Disk/Cd-Rom". When you see this message, press down on any key on you're keyboard. You'll have very little time to do this. If you don't hit it a key in time, or quick enough, hold down the power button on your Computer System for at least 10 "real" seconds. By doing this, the power should have been removed from the computer. From this point, you can then go ahead and turn the power back on and try it again.

4.) After hitting the requested random key, you should then see a message that says that it's loading some setup files onto your computer screen, then taking you to a dark blue screen right after. You will be asked how you would like to install Windows XP onto your Computer System. You'll want to do a brand new installation of course. You don't want to choose to upgrade, or repair Windows XP if it asks you.

5.) Once you've made it this far, you should then be taken to the FDISK utility in the same dark blue screen. FDISK will allow you to remove and add partitions to your hard drive. Each version of Windows or other Operating System's like Linux can contain a different type of partition format (FAT32), (NTFS), (Others). Windows XP requires the NTFS partition in order to be installed. To be safe, you're going to slowly read the menu text and options below in this screen/menu. You're then oing to delete the entire current partition that's already installed on your [C:\] Drive (Hard Drive). Follow the instructions on you're screen near the bottom and Delete the current partition on your Hard Drive if one is present or detected already.

6.) After it's been deleted, you'll be taken back to the same screen I believe. Now follow the same instructions to create a new partition. When setting this up, it will ask you what size to allot the new partition. A number should already be entered in when it asks by default. Just click ok or next. The number in this field should be roughly about 9/10 of your entire Hard Drives space when you examine the total space of the Hard Drive, and the number that's used by default to create the partition in Mega Bytes.

7.) At the next step you'll be asked to format the new partition that you created. You'll want to choose the option that says something similar to "NTFS Quick Format". This will take a few minutes to format and delete everything on the Hard Drive. This way, the new partition can become properly formatted with the NTFS File System and be ready for an Windows XP installation.

8.) After the formatting process has completed, you'll continue to follow the instructions listed on your Computer Screen. You might be asked at some point, where you want to install Windows XP? You would obviously choose the new partition that you created if it does asks you for this information.

9.) Before it begins to start really installing Windows XP onto the machine, you're computer will most likely perform a reboot. This will normally happen after you have chosen which partition to install Windows XP.

10.) Once the computer begins to boot up again, *DO NOT* do the "Press Any Key To Boot From Cd/Disk" thing like you were instructed to do in Instruction (3.) above. Do not hit a key when this message comes up again. Otherwise, You'll be taken back to the FDISK utility and have to repeat everything again all over! After a second or two, the message will go away and it will continue to the Windows XP installation wizard/guide. If you did end up hitting a key during that message again on mistake, quickly perform a manual reboot on the computer. Remember not to hit anything when that message comes back up again.

11.) Once the Windows Installation Wizard appears, the rest is a cake walk. Be sure to always use common sense when going through the wizard questions and menu's. You shouldn't have any problems providing the additional information that it asks for. During the installation, it will ask for things like you're Windows XP Product Key, You're Time Zone, Windows XP Username/Password, and other simple things. Just take your time and make sure to read everything from this point forward very carefully! After the installation has completed, you'll then see that Windows XP is up and running and was successful. This should be the end of the Windows XP installation guide. I can't think of anything else that you might need to do. If this doesn't cover everything that you need to know, please refer to the paragraph below this one.


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