16 July 2010


                                            HOW TO INSTALL WINDOWS XP
How to install Windows XP Professional. XP Pro is more advanced operating system, . All versions of Windows XP CD are bootable. Look for the boot sequence under your BIOS setup and make sure that the first boot device is set to CD/DVD-ROM. You can then perform the following steps to install Windows XP:
 Step 1 - Start your PC and place your Windows XP CD in your CD/DVD-ROM drive. Your PC should automatically detect the CD and you will get a message saying "Press any key to boot from CD". than press any key your system boot form CD
Step 2 - At this stage it will ask you to press F6 if you want to install a third party Raid or SCSI driver. If you are using a an IDE Hard Drive then you do not need to press F6.
Step 3 - You will then get a Windows XP Professional Setup screen. You have the option to do a new Windows install, Repair previous install or quit. Since we are doing a new install we just press Enter to continue.
Step 4 - You will be presented with the End User Licensing Agreement. Press F8 to accept and continue
Step 5 - This step is very important. Here we will create the partition where Windows will be installed. If you have a brand new unformatted drive you will get a screen similar to below. In our case the drive size is 80 GB. I will create two partition. The first partition will be 20 GB (C: drive) and second partition would be 60 GB (D: drive). By creating two partition we can have one which stores Windows and Applications and the other which stores our data. Press C to create a partition.
Step 6 - Windows will show the total size of the hard drive and ask you how much you want to allocate for the partition you are about to create. I will choose 20GB.This indicates the partition has been created. We still have an unpartitioned space of 60 GB. Next highlight the unpartitioned space by pressing down the arrow key. Then press C to create another partition. You will see the total space available for the new partition. Just choose all the space left over, in our case 60GB.
Step 7 - Now you will see both partition listed. Partition 1 (C: Drive) 20GB and Partition 2 (D: Drive) 60GB. You will also have 8MB of unpartitioned space.
Select Partition 1 (C: Drive) and press Enter.
Step 8 - Choose format the partition using NTFS file system.This is the recommended file system. If the hard drive has been formatted before then you can choose quick NTFS format. We chose NTFS because it offers many security features, supports larger drive size, and bigger size files.
Windows will now start formatting drive C: and start copying files
Step 9 - After the setup has completed copying the files the computer will restart. Leave the XP CD in the drive but this time DO NOT press any key when the message "Press any key to boot from CD" is displayed. In few seconds setup will continue. Windows XP Setup wizard will guide you through the setup process of gathering information about your computer.
Step10 - Choose your region and language.
Step 11 - Type in your name and organization.
Step 12. Enter your product key.
Step 13 - Name the computer, and enter an Administrator password. Don't forget to write down your Administrator password.
Step 14 - Enter the correct date, time and choose your time zone.
Step 15 - For the network setting choose typical and press next.
Step 16 - Choose workgroup or domain name. If you are not a member of a domain then leave the default settings and press next. Windows will restart again and adjust the display.
Step 17 - Finally Windows will start and present you with a Welcome screen. Click next to continue.
Step 18 - Choose 'help protect my PC by turning on automatic updates now' and press next.
Step 19 - Will this computer connect to the internet directly, or through a network? If you are connected to a router or LAN then choose: 'Yes, this computer will connect through a local area network or home network'. If you have dial up modem choose: 'No, this computer will connect directly to the internet'. Then click Next.
Step 20 - Ready to activate Windows? Choose yes if you wish to active Windows over the internet now. Choose no if you want to activate Windows at a later stage.
Step 21 - Add users that will sign on to this computer and click next.
Step 22 - You will get a Thank you screen to confirm setup is complete. Click finish.
Step 23. Log in, to your PC for the first time.
Step 24 - To install a Mother board driver manually and automatically  procedure: and Install other software etc. (office, win zip, real player ....)

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