Uninstall Windows® XP Professional
Know how to correctly uninstall Windows® XP Professional
Windows® XP Professional is built on the strengths of Windows® 2000 and Windows® NT, making it more powerful and stable than previous operating systems. If your computer lacks the power to run Windows® XP then it is always advisable to uninstall this OS. You may opt for uninstalling the existing operating system in case the hardware additions on your PC are not compatible. If that happens, all kinds of errors can occur. In all such cases, you can choose to either upgrade your computer or uninstall Windows® XP, thus, reverting to an older operating system. Following points will elaborate more on the uninstallation of Windows® XP Professional:
- Steps to uninstall the OS
- Precautions to be considered before uninstalling Windows® XP Professional
- Other important factors
Steps to uninstall the OS
Start your computer in ‘Safe Mode’ and go to the ‘Control Panel’ in your PC. Select ‘Uninstall Windows XP’ from the ‘Add/Remove’ list in the ‘Add or Remove Programs’ application. This will begin the uninstallation process. After the uninstallation is complete, the computer will automatically revert to the previously installed operating system. If the link is not present in the ‘Add/Remove’ list, then reinstall an older version of Windows® or the newer Windows® XP with the latest, available service pack.
Precautions to be considered before uninstalling Windows® XP
You need to take back-up of your important files, as the Windows® installation disc will not necessarily be able to detect the files you wish to keep. Also, when you uninstall Windows® XP, you are going to lose file extensions, directories, and other structural information. Thus, saving your important files after the completion of uninstallation is always advisable.
If Windows® XP was installed as a dual-boot system along with Windows® 98 or Windows® 2000, then you can simply format the partition on which it is installed. Also, you cannot remove Windows® XP SP2 if you installed the service pack on a computer that already had Windows® XP SP2 installed. The removal program will roll back to the version of Windows® that existed before your installation. In this case, the program will revert to the first installation of Windows XP SP2. Moreover, make sure to remove all Windows® XP files.