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How to reinstall Windows XP


Installing or reinstalling Windows XP is a step by step procedure, so you need to just follow the on screen instructions. However there are several choices you need to make and each one may give you different results. The guides below provide for clean installation which is needed to ensure that your hard drive will be totally clean of viruses, spywares, cookies, remnants of files, broken links, etc, by clean quick format.

This will mean that you will need to reinstall also all other software and drivers so your
computer can function better than before.

First you will clean install Widows XP, then you will install the computer drivers from the
manufacturer, followed by your network, printers, modem, and finally connect to the internet.
Make sure all these basic hardware works first, before you proceed to install other software.

Installation of XP will take about 1 hour, and must be completed. The other drivers and software can be installed slowly over time; the whole process will take a full day, so set aside sufficient time.


1. Windows XP Installation CD. Write the Product Key down on a piece of paper.

2. Network - If you have local area network, you can connect the cables now, because Windows may be able to detect them automatically during installation, although it is not necessary for Windows XP Installation; you can always configure networks & internet later.

3. Drivers - If you have backup your drivers on a CD or your computer supplier had given you the Installation CD, then you can use them later. Otherwise you can download these from the
websites of your computer manufacturer. If not ask your computer vendor for the drivers for
your computer model. Drivers are needed to run some of the hardware which Windows XP
cannot detect automatically. For all modern computers, Windows XP generally will be able to
install basic drivers so you can be sure your computer will work, however, you should always
download & install the manufacturer’s drivers so your computer will perform better. If you have
many devices installed in your computer it may be more convenient to use a driver’s detection
software to actually detect all the drivers and then you can back up all of them onto a CD ready for installation later. It is also a good practice to keep a record of your computer’s hardware, using a hardware detection software; however, this info can also be obtained from your manufacturer’s website for your model of computer.

4. Get ready your Installation CDs for your printers, modems, camera, etc, as these will need to be reinstalled. If you lost them you can easily download the drivers from their websites.

5. Your favorite software – you should get ready all your favorite software CDs so that you can reinstall them after Windows XP.


1. Before you start, copy the Product Key of Windows XP onto a piece of paper exact. The
Product key is located in your packaging

2. Insert the Windows XP installation CD into the Disk Drive and RESTART your computer (turn
off and on again)

3. The moment you restart your computer, keep pressing F9 several times to ensure that Windows XP will boot from the CD and not from the hard drive

4. Follow on screen instructions, by selecting the following settings:-

5. To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER

6. Press F8-I agree

7. Press ESC - To continue installing a fresh copy of Windows XP without repairing, press

8. Press D - To delete the selected partition press D

9. Press ENTER - To delete this partition, press ENTER.

10. Press L - To delete this partition, press L

11. (Keep repeating if you have more than one partition, i.e. Drive C, E, F etc, until there is only one partition “Unpartitioned Space”)

12. Press ENTER - To set up Windows XP on the selected item, press ENTER

13. Select - Format the Partition using the NTFS file system (Quick)

14. (Sit back, do nothing, watch On screen and let the CD perform its tasks, it will take about 45 mins to install the Software. After installation, you will be asked to Configure, follow below


15. Regional & Language Options - Click “Customize” and proceed to make the necessary
changes to Regional Options and Language. After you have finished, click “APPLY”,
recheck that all displayed data are correct, and then click “OK”

16. Click “NEXT”

17. Enter your NAME and ORGANISATION, these will be used in all your documents later
and will help to identify your Computer, however you can also leave the ORGANISATION

18. Enter your Product Key, exactly as you get it.

19. Click “NEXT”

20. Enter COMPUTER NAME. If you are in a network, this name is important as it will distinguish your Computer in the Network. Choose a name which is easy to remember and distinguish your Computer from the rest. If you are not in a network, then use your own name or any name you like. E.g.: “DaveComputer”. Make sure there are no spaces between words. Leave the “Type an Administrator Password” blank

21. Click “NEXT”

22. Set your “Date & Time” and choose your “Time Zone”

23. Click “NEXT”

24. Choose “Typical Settings”

25. Choose “Workgroup or Computer Domain” If you are on a network, enter your group network name, if you are not sure ask your Computer Administrator or simply check the name other Computers in the network use. Enter your group name here correctly; otherwise you will not be able to link to the network. If you are not in the network then just leave it as default “WORKGROUP” Note that if you make any mistakes here, you can always reconfigure all data later in the Control Panel

26. Click “NEXT”. Setup will continue until to completion and the screen will display “Welcome to Microsoft Windows”

27. Click “NEXT”

28. Message: “Help protect your PC” …. select “Not right now”

29. Message: “How will this computer connect to the internet?” ….. Click “SKIP”

30. Message: “Ready to register with Microsoft?” select “No, not at this time”… Click “NEXT”

31. Enter Your Name

32. Click “FINISH”

33. Installation Finished

34. If Windows XP has any patch files, now is the time to install them one at a time. Follow the instructions given for installation of each patch files. Note that these patch files are important updates which will patch up any security flaws or bugs, so updating is necessary to ensure error free XP. Click here for current available patch files


1. Windows XP has a default desktop. If you want you can to change to the classic desktop, which is preferred follow these step:-

2. Put your cursor on the blue part of the bottom Start Menu, Right Click your mouse and
choose “Properties” the “Taskbar and Start Properties” comes up. Click on the “Start Menu”
tab, and at the bottom of the tab choose “Classic Start Menu”, click “APPLY” then “OK”

3. If you want to change the display settings, put your cursor on any blank space of the
desktop, right click on your mouse, and choose “properties”, you can change colors, screen
savers, etc to your fancy. If not sure, leave it as default for now.

4. Once your Windows XP is installed, you should first install your computer drivers, followed
by your network, then install your printers, modems, and finally connect to internet. Do not
install other software yet, until all your devices for your computer is 100% working & ready.


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Authur- Philip Goh (B.Sc, MIEM, P.Eng. MICE, C.Eng) MEC Engineers, Civil & Structural Engineer HP: 016-8672189, Email: Widget: email cloaker