Install Windows® XP
Know all about the installation of Windows® XP.
First released in August 2001, Windows® XP is the successor to both Windows® 2000 and Windows® ME, and is built on the Windows® NT kernel and architecture. It was succeeded by Windows Vista®. Windows® XP included several new features like a more user-friendly interface, remote desktop functionality, fast user switching, and faster start-up and hibernation sequences. Installing Windows® XP, either Home or Professional Edition, can be very simple, even for those without much experience working with computers.
The following points will provide an insight into the installation of Windows® XP:
- Possible reasons to install Windows® XP
- Points to consider before starting the installation process
- Installation Process
Possible reasons to install Windows® XP
The reasons to install this OS could be many, including the purchase of a new computer without an operating system, or a need to reinstall Windows® XP on a computer because you want to clean off your hard drive and remove any unwanted programs, such as malware, adware, spyware, etc. from your PC. The need may also arise if you have replaced your hard disk drive with a new hard disk drive that does not have Windows® XP installed.
Points to consider before starting the installation process
Before you begin the installation process, make sure you have the Windows® XP installation CD and product key. The product key is required to install and activate Windows® XP. Also, you should be able to connect your keyboard, mouse, monitor, and CD drive. Additionally, you require a Windows® XP driver CD else you can download them from your hardware manufacturer’s website after you set up Windows® XP. In case you are reinstalling Windows® XP on an existing computer, you need a backup copy of your existing files and settings.
Enter BIOS and select your primary boot device. The installation process will begin when you click ‘OK’ on the screen ‘Welcome to Setup’. Read the license agreement and select the size of the new partition in megabytes. Once the partition is created, select either the ‘NTFS File System’ or the ‘FAT File System’ and press ‘Enter’. Windows® will now start copying files from the installation disc and prompt you to restart the PC when the process is completed. After reboot, select your regional settings, enter your product key, select your time zone, and ensure that the date/time is correct. The installation process will automatically continue after that, installing other devices and peripherals connected to your machine. Upon final reboot, click ‘Yes’ for Windows® to change your visual settings to improve quality. The installation is now complete.