The perfect Window XP Setup, Part 1: installing windows xp

– Boot from the Windows XP Installation CD/DVD

  • To boot from the CD/DVD you may have to enter your motherboards BIOS and configure the boot device order

– If the boot from CD/DVD was successful you will see the following message “Setup is inspecting your hardware…” Allow the process to complete, once complete you will begin the initial setup of Windows XP (a blue screen with white text will appear – see the next step)

– Once the hardware inspection is done your will be presented with a GUI (graphical user interface) which gives you the following options, you will want to select “Enter”

  • Enter = Continue (with installation)
  • R = Repair (fix the currently installed version of Windows)
  • F3 = Quit (quit the Windows installation)

– Agree to the Windows license agreement (EULA – end user license agreement), press F8

  • F8 = I agree (setup will continue)
  • ESC = I do not agree (setup will exit)
  • PAGEDOWN = next page (pages through the agreement)

– Creating/Selecting Partitions (if the disk is brand new XP might skip this step)

  • To setup Windows XP on the selected item, press ENTER
  • To create a partition on the un-partitioned space, PRESS C
  • To delete a partition PRESS D
    • PRESS L = confirms the deletion of the selected partition
    • PRESS ESC =  returns you to the Creating/Selecting Partitions

– Select the preferred format method (choose NTFS quick)

  • NTFS (Quick)
  • FAT (Quick)
  • NTFS
  • FAT

– Setup will copy the files to the disk

  • Once the files are done copying you will be prompted with the message “System will automatically reboot in 15 seconds, to reboot now press ENTER/RETURN”

– Your computer will restart… Now the Windows installation begins, this process will take approximately 39 minutes (this time is based on the minimum system requirements for Windows XP), below are the steps which occur while installing and setting up your Windows XP machine:

  • Choose your Language (Language Options)
  • Enter your Company Name (Company Name)
  • Enter your Product Key (Product Key)
  • Enter your computer name, create and enter an administrative password (the password is optional but highly recommended – create a password that you won’t forget)
  • Enter your System Time (System Time)
  • Select your Network Settings (Network Settings)
    • Typical or Custom (Typical uses DHCP and Custom allows you to set a STATIC IP address, in most cases you will select DHCP. If you don’t know what DHCP or STATIC IP addressing is select TYPICAL)
  • Enter the WORKGROUP (Workgroup – leave this as default if you are not in a company or do not know what its purpose is. If you want to create your own workgroup please note that each computer will need to be on the same workgroup for best/optimized communication)

– The Windows installation should now be complete, the installer will ask you if the screen resolution is okay (say yes if it is and no if it’s not, you can always adjust this setting once you are logged into Windows by accessing the Display Properties).

– I would recommend downloading the latest updates and start customizing your installation. Once you are satisfied with the setup create a backup image, you will be able to use this image in the event of a hard ware failure. This is also a good option because you can skip formatting as the image will be running optimally.

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