Reinstalling Windows® XP
Learn more about reinstalling Windows® XP on your desktop or laptop.
After working on a computer with any operating system for a long time, you might need to reinstall the installed operating system from scratch. But contrary to the general perception, you need not reformat the hard drive to do so. You might also need to reinstall Windows® XP on your system if your PC’s or laptop’s speed has gone down drastically.
Here is a brief description on reinstalling Windows® XP, and the things to keep in mind while doing so:
- Need for reinstalling Windows® XP
- Things to keep in mind while reinstalling Windows® XP
- How to reinstall Windows® XP
Need for reinstalling Windows® XP
There can be many reasons that may compel you to reinstall the Windows® XP operating system on your computer. It may be due to the sudden downfall of your system’s performance or because of some technical issue. Once you have tried all the possible methods to restore the proper functioning of your computer system and failed, there is no other option left but to reinstall Windows® XP in order to regain the complete functionality of your PC or laptop. The performance of your system might also have gone down because of spyware, useless software, and other things. A good way to resolve this issue is to reinstall the OS completely.
Things to keep in mind while reinstalling Windows® XP
Before you reinstall Windows® XP on your computer system, it is recommended that you gather all your Windows® and application CD-ROMS and take a backup of all your data files. If everything goes smoothly, you can reinstall Windows® XP in a few hours. But, to be on the safer side, you have to assume that something might go wrong. So, be prepared for the worst that can happen. Keep the Windows® XP installation CD and the discs that came with your application software handy, as you might need them anytime. Take a copy of the installation files or important programs you have downloaded from the Internet on a CD or removable media. Write down the instructions you received from your ISP for setting up your network connections and keep them handy. Also, go to the ‘C:Documents and Settings’ folder and copy its contents to a CD or USB drive.
Insert the Windows® installation CD that came with your PC and reboot your system. If you did not receive a Windows® disc with your machine, the files you need are hidden in a partition on the hard drive. To access them, press the keys indicated on the screen when you reboot, but before Windows® loads. In many instances, the only available option is “Return the drive to its factory condition”, which destroys all documents, photos, and other data files on your PC. That is why you have to make a copy of your data folders. When you use Windows® XP, you will get more options, which include the ability to preserve your files and settings. Make your selection, and follow the prompts that appear on the screen to complete the reinstallation.