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Guide For Doing A Clean Install Of Windows XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by flavallee, May 30, 2014.

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  1. flavallee

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    1. Boot from the Windows XP 32-bit disc and do a clean install.
    Do not enter a product key at this time.
    Select "Not right now" so Windows Update is not turned on at this time.

    2. Install the full 316 MB Service Pack 3 (SP3) upgrade.
    Note: This step is needed only if your Windows XP 32-bit disc does not contain SP3.

    3. Install the Unofficial SP4 upgrade.
    Select "Not right now" so Windows Update is not turned on at this time.
    Note: The Unofficial SP4 upgrade is integrated with post-SP3 security updates for the period of May 2014 to January 2016.

    4. Go into Add Or Remove Programs - Add/Remove Windows Components and then uncheck these entries:
    Bitlocker To Go Reader
    Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1
    Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
    Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0
    MSN Explorer
    Outlook Express
    XPS Services

    After you're done, restart the computer if you’re prompted to.

    5. Install the necessary drivers for your computer's primary devices (chipset, graphics, audio, ethernet, wireless, etc.).
    Make sure to install the chipset driver first before installing the other drivers.

    6. After all of the previous steps have been done and your computer has an internet connection, do an on-line activation with Microsoft.

    7. Install the latest version of Flash Player for Internet Explorer – ActiveX.
    Note: The download link is at the bottom left of the webpage.

    8. Right-click MY COMPUTER, then click Properties – Automatic Updates.
    Select “Notify me but don’t automatically download or install them”, Then click Apply – OK.

    9. Load Windows Update for the first time, then select “Get Microsoft Update today!”
    Follow the instructions and allow the ActiveX control to install.
    After that’s done, close Microsoft Update.

    10. Load Microsoft Update for the first time, then do a "custom" scan.
    It may take several minutes before the list of updates appears, so be patient.
    Select all important updates and any optional software/hardware updates you want, then install them.

    Some Things To Consider:

    If you download and save the needed files in steps #2, #3, #5, and #7 before you start a clean install, you will save yourself a lot of time and frustration and should be able to move more smoothly through the process.

    Internet Explorer 8 that comes in Windows XP 32-bit(with Unofficial SP4 installed) is very outdated and no longer supported by most websites, so you will need to install a more up-to-date and supported browser.
    Mozilla Firefox ESR(Extended Support Release) is the only browser that I’m aware of that can still be used and will be supported until September 2018.
    Note: Scroll down the webpage and select the 32-bit download link for your language.

    Unless any of your software apps or hardware drivers require Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 or 4.0, do not install either version.
    If you do, Microsoft Update will display a massive number of security updates for them afterwards.

    According to what I've been reading and seeing, Windows XP 32-bit will be going “extinct” in 2018.
    You really should consider switching to Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 10.

    (Updated: January 27, 2018)
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 28, 2018
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