How to Install WINDOWS XP

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How to Install WINDOWS XP

Post  Admin on Tue Feb 26, 2008 8:58 am

Microsoft Windows is a user-friendly, GUI (Graphical User Interface) operating system, used by around 90% of the PCs in the world. Nowadays, many applications in market tend to support Windows. Follow the steps below, and install this operating system by yourself, without calling a highly-paid computer technician at your home.
Steps:
1. Buy a Microsoft Windows OS CD from your local CD center, or order for it. If you have one already, then proceed to next step.
2. Open your CD-ROM/CD-R/CD-RW/DVD-ROM/DVD-RW (Any of these drives) and insert the Microsoft Windows Setup CD.
3. Restart your Computer.
4. Soon after restarting your computer, Hold on F2 to start BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) Settings. If nothing happens try restarting your computer again and press DEL key this time.
5. After BIOS loads completely (usually blue screen). Go to 'Boot', by pressing the Number Keys.
6. After the [Boot] Settings Appear, search an item named as [Boot Priority] or [Boot Order] etc, or with the same meaning, and Press Enter.
7. Then see if your CD-ROM is set to 'First Boot Device', it would have been named as [ATAPI CD-ROM], either by its Manufacturer, or simply [CD-ROM]. If it is not, then set is using the keys usually Page Up and Page Down. If not, then take help from the Legend which appears at the right portion of the screen.
8. After setting CD-ROM as the 'First Boot Device', press F10, the BIOS will ask you whether to 'Save Changes and Exit', select 'Yes'. The BIOS will automatically restart your Computer.
9. Now after your computer Re-Boots, A Black screen will appear showing the message 'Press any key to Boot from CD...', press any key.
10. Wait for 2-10 Seconds (depending on your System Speed), a Blue Screen will appear with a Title Windows Setup.
11. Follow the On-Screen Instructions to Install the Windows, your computer might be restarted a number of times by the Windows Setup during the Installation.
12. After the Windows is Installed successfully, you are greeted with Welcome.
13. You are done with installing Windows, now take a Quick Tour, as Windows will pop-up a message for it.

Tips:
1. Set the Partition Size to Maximum, if you don't want any Partition of your Hard Disk (For Low-Storage Hard Disks else making Partitions is Recommended).
2. Windows can be upgraded if you already have the earlier version of Windows running: Simply Insert the CD in the CD-ROM and follow the instructions.
3. If Windows doesn't recognize some of your hardware, check the vendor's website for drivers.
4. To validate your Windows (To confirm whether it is not Pirated or not), Go to Microsoft's Official Website provided in External Links Section in this Article, and download any of the Microsoft Product available for free except Windows Live Messenger. The Website will ask you to download a tiny program, which provides you with a code named under [Validation Code], when executed, and you have to Enter or simply Copy-Paste that code into the Field of Validation Code on Microsoft's Website, which appears when you are going to download something from it.
5. If you have any questions regarding Windows Installation or this article, please Discuss them with us by Clicking on the Link [Discuss This Page], which appears at both Top and Bottom of the Page.
6. If you encounter any difficulties installing, Windows Setup will give you technical information about the error, which can help determine its cause. Check the troubleshooter on Microsoft Official Website for assistance with common installation problems.
7. Don't forget to set your boot priority in your BIOS. Most of the time, BIOS is set to read Floppy, HDD, and THEN CD-ROM. You will need to set your boot priority to load the CD-ROM before Floppy and HDD.
8. Make sure you Keyboard is connected to your computer properly, as it does all of the job, until the installation is complete.

Warnings
:1. If you are re-installing Windows make sure you Back-up (Keep the Copies of Important documents, music, applications in a Safe Place such as in Removable Storage Devices such as USB, CD, Floppy).
2. Also make sure you have all the driver Cds for all your Hardware (Printers, Ethernet Adapters, Modem, Video Cards etc).
3. Reformatting a Hard-Drive will erase everything from it. Backup your important programs before you begin.
4. This Procedure for Windows Installation is same except Windows 95 and Previous Versions.
5. Do not install Windows multiple times on the same Partition, or on the same partition as another operating system.
6. Do not attempt to install Windows on a system that does not meet the minimum requirements.
7. Be sure to Activate Windows within 30 days of installation, otherwise the system will not allow you to log on until Activation is complete.

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