WINDOWS XP PROFESSIONALBeginners Guide to Installing Windows XP
Step 1 - Start your PC and place your Windows XPCD in your CD/DVD-ROM drive. Your PC shouldautomatically detect the CD and you will get amessage saying "Press any key to boot from CD".Soon as computer starts booting from the CD yourwill get the following screen:
After configuring the system for booting from a CD,the Windows Setup screen appears.At this point, Setup is loading the driver files itneeds to continue with installation.
The “Welcome to Setup” screen appears with theoption of Continuing Setup, Repair a previousinstallation, or Quitting. Press ENTER to ContinueSetup. You may also choose R to Repair, or F3 toQuit and reboot the system.
The “Windows XP Licensing Agreement”screen displays. You may press F8 to signify that youagree with the terms, hit ESC if you do not agreeand PAGE UP or PAGE DOWN to scroll through eachscreen.
Hard drive partition information is now displayed. Thisvaries with each systems hardware configuration. At thispoint, the options include pressing ENTER to Install onthe selected partition, D to Delete the selectedpartition, or F3 to Quit and reboot the system.
After pressing D to delete the selected partition, awarning screen appears explaining the pitfalls ofdeleting it. The options include pressing ENTER tocontinue, or ESC to Cancel.
A confirmation screen displays the logical drive.Options include L to Delete the partition and ESC toCancel the action.
If no partitions have been previously defined, thisscreen will be displayed. You may section your harddrive in as many partitions as you wish by selecting Cto Create a Partition.
Enter in the partition size in MB within the displayedminimum and maximum.You may choose ENTER to Create the new partitionor ESC to Cancel the action.
Continue to create partitions until all space is used orthe configuration meets your requirements. You maychoose ENTER to Install to the selected partition, Dto Delete the highlighted Partition, or F3 to Quit andreboot the system.
Since this OS supports NTFS, format the partitionwith it. Press ENTER to confirm your selection andContinue or ESC to Cancel.
Setup formats the partition.
Setup is now figuring out what files to copy over to thehard drive.
After the partition is finished formatting, Setup copiesvarious files to support booting from the hard driveand continue on.
Setup then creates various information files requiredto continue on with setup.
The first reboot and the end of the blue backgroundhas arrived. If you are impatient, press ENTER toRestart before the 15 seconds expire. ENTER toRestart the Computer is the only option available.
The new Windows XP boot screen is displayed.
If you have installed Windows before, this type ofscreen will look familiar. Sit back. It may be awhile.
A little while later, you will be prompted with optionsof configuring your Region and Input Languages.Options include Customize button, DetailsButton, plus the standard Back and Next.
Enter in your Name and optional Organizationinformation, then select the Next button.
Enter your unique 25 digit Product Key that camewith your CD, then select the Next button.
Enter a Computer name and an AdministratorPassword.
Configure the proper information for the Date, Timeand Time Zone here.
Wait here while the Network is installing.
The Network Settings Dialog is next. Choose yourmethod and select the Next button.
In the Custom settings, many options are abound. Wecannot go into all of them here, but we will hit on thehigh points.
Workgroup or Computer Domain, that is thequestion. Select the Next button after making yourchoice.
The system will reboot after all files have been copiedover to the install partition. Now may be a good timeto take a break. It may be awhile.
The moment we have all been waiting for, WindowsXP Professional is starting up “for the first time.”
Windows XP no longer likes the “default” resolutionof 640 x 480 and prompts you of that fact.Select OK to continue.
Select OK to continue.
Login to the Administrator account.
Applying computer settings. Please wait while theAdministrator account is configured “for the firsttime.”
That is all!I hope this guide helped you out or gave you a sneakpeek at what is to come.