Stephen Harrison B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc., MBCS, CITP
Windows XP Clean Install is the second of a four part series on how to install the legacy Windows operating system (Home Edition) on a new computer or hard disk.
Windows XP has gone End of Life (EOL) on April 8th 2014. This means no further security patches or updates for this Operating System. My advice is to move to the latest operating system version as soon as possible
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Microsoft Windows XP is still a very popular operating system, with lots of home computer users continuing to use it every day.
This part of the tutorial looks at the second batch of decision you need to make during the installation process.
Part One talks you through the initial prerequisite choices at the start of the installation process.
Part Three walks you through further choices you must make towards the end of the installation process.
Part Four walks you through the final steps of the installation process, and suggests further tasks to complete before installing your applications.
The How To Install XP tutorial talks you through the prerequisite considerations before beginning the installation process, such as obtaining the original Windows XP install CD and backing up your files.
The next steps in part one talks you through how to boot from CD and discusses a little about the Windows XP Licence Agreement.
We look at the steps to Create and Format partitions. These steps are optional, as most home computers users simply select an existing partition, particularly when undertaking a re-install of Windows XP.
The steps below show you what happens next in the installation process, completing the initial text based prerequisite tasks:-
At the end of part one, your computer has completed the first steps of the installation process and rebooted.
After the first reboot, the familiar Windows XP Home Edition splash screen appears for the first time.
The Windows installation process new begins in Ernest! The process can take anywhere between 30 minutes to over an hour.
Factors such as the hardware specification of your machine influences the time it takes to complete the Operating System install.
This stage of the process begins with the Collecting Information step. This is where the process collects relevant information to confirm your machines eligibility to proceed with the installation.
The Dynamic Update step is an option to instruct the installation process to connect to the Internet and download any updated installation files released since your XP CD was published.
The dynamic update option only appears if you are performing an upgrade.
The Preparing Installation step estimates how much time it takes to complete the install. Then all the setup files are copied from your CD to your machine's hard disk. Your computer then restarts.
As you still have your Windows XP install CD inserted in the CD/DVD drive, you will be prompted to Press Any Key To Boot From CD....
Do Not Press Any Keys On Your Keyboard! This ensures your new XP install continues without interruption.
A second reboot occurs when the remaining setup files are copied from your CD to your machine's hard disk. Again, do not press any keys on your keyboard!
After the last restart, the Installing Windows stage begins.
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This is where things start to get interesting!
Current activity is displayed above the green progress bar. For example, "Installing Devices" is where drivers for your computers hardware is being installed.
Your screen may flicker when the video card driver is installed:-
A mix of marketing messages appear on your screen whilst the Operating System files are installed.
Each message informs you about the different benefits you will experience by using Windows XP.
Grab yourself a drink and a sandwich. This step could take a while:-
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OK. This concludes the Windows XP Clean Install tutorial. For an excellent article on how to install Windows XP Professional take a look at the Petri tutorial. Part Three of the tutorial series concludes the installation process.