Windows® XP Clean Installation
Do you want to know how you can clean install the Windows® XP operating system on your computer?
Installation of the Windows® XP operating system on a PC is not a cumbersome task if you possess some basic knowledge about operating systems and related hardware devices and software applications. It is a straightforward process, but you can also take the help of tech professionals if you face certain difficulties. If you want to install the Windows® XP operating system on a new PC, then you have a range of options to choose from. You can either go for a clean installation or install the operating system on a new hard drive or folder. In this article, we talk about the clean installation of Windows® XP. A clean installation refers to the process where you install the operating system and programs after removing all the data from the hard disk by reformatting and repartitioning it. For clean installation of the operating system on your PC you need the installation CD and the product key.
For more detailed information about clean installation of Windows® XP, go through the information given below:
- Prerequisites for clean installation of Windows® XP
- Performing clean installation of Windows® XP
- Problems that you may face while performing Windows® XP clean installation
Prerequisites for clean installation of Windows® XP
If you want to perform a clean installation of the Windows® XP operating system, then you need to keep the following things in mind: For the clean installation process, you first need a Windows® XP installation CD and the related product key. Then, you need to check the minimum system requirements for Windows® XP and whether they match with the configuration of your computer or not. After that, you should confirm the hardware devices and related drivers supported by Windows® XP operating system. In addition, you need to back up all the important data and files available on your system.
Performing clean installation of Windows® XP
For performing a clean installation, insert the Windows® XP CD into the CD or DVD drive and restart your computer. Press any key when you receive the message saying, "Press any key to boot from CD". When the set-up screen appears, press ‘Enter’ to start the process. After that, follow the instructions to select and format the hard disk partition for installing Windows® XP. Follow the other instructions to complete the process.
While installing Windows® XP, you may receive an error message saying, “The CD Key which you entered is invalid. Please try again”. This error may occur if you use a wrong product key. To resolve the issue, you need to enter the correct product key. If the problem persists, disable the antivirus software installed on your system. This problem can also arise due a damaged installation CD or hard disk. One of biggest disadvantages of clean installation is that you have to reinstall all the previously installed programs on your system.