Installing Windows XP can be very complicated and just as daunting as you think. That is, if you do not know what to do or where to start. Here's a guide on how you can install or reinstall Windows XP on your computer.
First off, grab a Windows XP installation CD before starting. This CD pack may have been bought with your computer, or you can acquire a copy straight from Microsoft. It depends on the situation on how you will be installing Windows XP on your computer. There are several ways. These instructions apply to a clean install type of installation. It means that you will be back to zero. It will wipe out all your old hard drives and will install a new operating system. What you can do is to make a backup of the existing files on your hard drive to an external hard drive.
It will now be smooth sailing, and you need not worry if your files will be lost. At this point, you are prepared to start the installing of Windows XP on your computer. Insert your Windows XP installation disc into your CD drive, and then your restart your computer. After the restart, a message will pop out on your screen. It will tell you to press any key to boot the CD. What you need to do is to press any key, as easy as that.
This will then take you to the Welcome to Setup screen. Press Enter to continue, and you have to check on the Agree box to signify the license terms in order for you to be able to move on to the next step.
Now you can choose which partition of Windows XP you want to install on. The most convenient way is to press Enter, and that will create a partition, taking up the entirety of your hard drive. You can also choose to create two partitions that store applications and data separately. This procedure makes way for data preservation that you may save on your other partition. For any amount of space you like, you can create multiple partitions that would suit your line of work. To initialize the creation of partitions, you can press C and then enter the amount of space you want for that partition to occupy. Repeat this step to create multiple partitions.
You can now format the C: drive by using the file system NTFS. After Windows has formatted C:, it will perform a restart. Your computer will again display a message telling you to press any key to boot from the CD but unlike earlier, you do not want to press anything. The computer will wait for a few seconds and then it will carry on.
The next thing that you need to do is to choose a region and language. Then, it will require you to fill out some personal information that also includes an Administrator password. Also, the product key from the disk will be needed sometime after filling out the information needed. After that, the next questions will involve your preferences and your connection through the Internet. You can then follow the instructions on the screen, and in a few minutes, you are good to go and you can start working!