New Install of Windows XP
Made Easy For Home PC Users

New Install Of Windows XP is the 3rd of a 4-part series on how to install the Windows XP Home Edition on to a new computer or hard disk.

This legacy operating system remains popular with home computer users. Here we look at the final set of decisions you need to make during the installation process.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Windows XP has gone End of Life (EOL) on April 8th 2014. This means no further security patches or Service Packs for this Operating System!

Microsoft recently announced the continuation of advisories for newly discovered vulnerabilities, and the continuation of updates for things like Windows Defender only.

My advice is to move to Windows 7 (assuming you wish to stay on a Windows platform) as soon as possible.

I also advise not moving to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. At the time of writing it appears this Operating System is experiencing numerous issues.

Windows 10 is to be released on the 29th July 2015. After moving to Windows 7 it is worth waiting to see what Windows 10 brings before deciding to move to this latest version.



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Part 1 walks you through the initial parts of the of the installation process.

Part 2 talks you through the next set of choices during the installation process.

Part 4 advises on the choices to be made in the final steps of the installation  process, and suggests some further tasks before installing your applications.

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Table of Contents

  1. Installation Process Recap
  2. Final Installation Steps
  3. New install of Windows XP Final Thoughts


Installation Process Recap

Part 1 discusses the first set of steps to take at the beginning of a new install of Windows XP. We look at.

  • Things to do before you start, such as backing up all your files and ensuring you are using an original Windows XP install CD and License Key

  • The first steps of the install process, such as booting from your CD and understanding the Windows License Agreement

Windows XP Licensing Agreement
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Windows License Agreement

  • Selecting, creating and formatting partitions. Remember it's easier to use the largest existing partition if available

Hard Drive Partition
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Windows XP Hard Drive Partition

  • The final steps of the initial installation process such as files copying from the CD to the hard drive.

Setup Copies Files
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Setup Copies Files

Part 2 demonstrates other choices to make through the installation process. We discuss:

  • What is happening when the installation process is collecting information and preparing the installation. 

  • The choices during the installation process, such as entering your license key and naming your computer.

Windows XP Product Key
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Windows XP Product Key

What's Your Computer's Name?
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What's Your Computer's Name?

The next section of the tutorial series completes the installation process.

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Final Installation Steps

After you select the Typical Settings option at the Network Settings stage, Windows XP Home Edition continues with the installation process.

  • On the Workgroup or Computer Domain, if prompted, select the option No, this computer is not on a network.... Leave the default WORKGROUP setting in place.

Windows XP Workgroup Or Domain?
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Windows XP Workgroup Or Domain?

  • Windows XP Home Edition continues with the installation process. More marketing screens outlining the benefits is displayed, such as Device Support and enhanced Security.

Windows XP Device Support
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Windows XP Device Support

New Install of Windows XP:
Device Support and Enhanced Security

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Windows XP Device Support and Enhanced Security

  • The installation process moves onto the Finalizing Installation stage. 

    This is where the choices you made during the installation process are saved to the new Operating System settings.

Finalizing The Windows XP Installation
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Finalizing The Windows XP Installation

  • Your machine reboots when the Finalize Installation step completes.

  • On restart, the installation process reviews and adjusts your screen resolution in line with your machines hardware capabilities. Click OK when prompted.

Windows XP Display Settings
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Windows XP Display Settings

  • When the Optimum Monitor Settings are determined, your screen resolution is changed, and you are prompted to OK the changes. 

    If you do not want to change the screen resolution at this time, simply let the clock count down and the resolution will revert.

Monitor Settings
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Monitor Settings

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New Install of Windows XP
Final Thoughts

This tutorial ends with the completion of the Windows XP Home Edition installation process.

However, you are not done quite yet. Part 4 shows you what additional steps you need to take to ensure you have a solid operating system on which to install your applications.

For extra install assistance with this version of Windows take a quick look at the Build Easy PC (Opens New Window) tutorial.




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