How to Perform a Clean Installation of Windows® XP®
Get to know more about performing a clean installation of Windows XP.
A clean installation is the process of the installation of Windows XP during up-gradation. This type of installation will not preserve any of the files and data in the system. A clean installation is the process of removing all data from your hard disk by repartitioning and reformatting your hard disk and reinstalling the operating system and programs to a clean hard disk. Clean installation helps you to avoid the incompatibility issue of the existing components with the new Operating System. This avoids the error messages and the unexpected stopping of the installation process. A clean installation of Windows XP would also give you the best results, performance-wise.
Following are the tips to perform the clean installation of Windows XP:
- Check the system requirements
- Verify the compatibility
Check the system requirements
You need to check the system requirements to complete the installation of Windows XP. The system with 300MHz processor is the processor specification in this system. The needed RAM capacity is the 128 mega bytes and the disk space needed is 1.5GB. The additional requirement for the installation of Windows XP includes the proper network connection. If the system satisfies all these necessary requirements, then you could start the installation of Windows XP.
Verify the compatibility
If the system does not contain any of the Operating System, then you need to install the upgrade advisor. This software will help you to check whether the system satisfies all the necessary requirements and the components in the system are compatible with the new Operating System. If this upgrade advisor offers proper confirmation, then you could install Windows XP in to the system.
Installation of Windows XP is the final step. Clean installation of Windows XP will not preserve any of the files in the system if the system contains any of the Operating System. If Windows automatically detects the Installation CD of Windows XP, you would soon be prompted with a "Press any key to boot from CD" message. Then you need to press the enter key to continue the installation. If you've belated too long, your system will continue to start from the hard disk. The coming screen will display the available partitions in the system and you need to select any of the partitions to save the Operating System. You need to follow the instructions given in each page and then you need to restart the system after completion of the installation of Windows XP.