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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by lil Rambo, Oct 13, 2008.

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  1. lil Rambo

    lil Rambo Thread Starter

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    I need some instruction on removing and reinstalling windows XP.
     
  2. Old Rich

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    Prior to installing, enter BIOS ( Setup ) and set the first boot device as CD/ROM.

    Put your XP Disc in the drive and disconnect all external peripherals except the monitor, keyboard and mouse, and be sure those are not USB, or wireless. Any internal USB card should also be removed.

    Make sure you have the 25-digit product code for the Windows XP CD.

    Once you set your BIOS to boot first from cd . . when it restarts you will see a black screen with a prompt "Press any key to boot from CD" . . do that and you will be able to delete any or all partitions and recreate one or more, then proceed to formating and installing XP.

    That message can pass quickly, so have a finger on the keyboard when you boot. This will delete all data on the drive so be sure you have your important data backed up. The prompt will appear after every reboot, but do not press any key on subsequent reboots. The setup process will continue with no action required from you.

    If you do not get that message, and if you have another optical drive, try the XP CD in the other drive.

    If you are installing on SATA drive, there is an additional step:

    http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org/how_do_i_install_windows_xp_on_a.htm

    This is a site that walks you thru a simulated XP installation:

    http://www.echoproject.net/en/software/catalog.html

    This is a good guide to reinstalling XP . . you might want to print it for reference during the install.

    http://www.techsupportforum.com/content/Software/Articles/158.html

    You will likely have to reload drivers (Chipset first) and applications, If your XP installation disc does not include SP3, after the installation, you will need to download and install SP-3, while windows is clean. Prior to connecting to the internet be sure you enable the XP firewall.

    For help entering BIOS: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm
    http://www.techsupportforum.com/content/Hardware/Tips/48.html
     
  3. flavallee

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    To remind you of what simpswr said, the Press any key to boot from CD prompt will appear 3 times - when you first boot from the CD and during the 2 restarts that occur during the install process. When that prompt appears during the 2 restarts, keep your hands off the keyboard and allow the prompt to disappear and the install process to continue.

    Do you have an actual XP CD? If so, is it the original version, the SP1 version, or the SP2 version?

    Do you know what type of chipset, display adapter, sound device, and network adapter and/or dial-up modem is in that computer? Have you obtained the current drivers and burned them off to a CD-R?

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