1. Pre-installation checklist:
a. Have your Windows XP CD, and the Product Key ready. Usually, the product
key is written on the CD cover. It is a good idea to write it on the CD itself
(write it on the label side of the CD). We often end-up searching for the CD
cover while the installation is in progress!
b. Ensure that all the computer hardware is integrated, and ensure that you
have connected your keyboard, mouse, CD drive properly.
c. Ensure that the XP drivers for your hardware (Motherboard, keyboard,
monitor, mouse, etc) is available. The computer vendor supplies the driver
software when you buy the computer. It is very important that this software is
available for the motherboard, and CDROM drive. Usually, the keyboard, and
mouse are recognized automatically, and doesn't require separate driver
Note: If you are re-installing, back-up all your data if you are
re-installing Windows XP. All your data will be lost during the installation
2. Start the Installation, Partition, and Format
if you are installing from scratch, it starts in text mode. Important text
mode screens are discussed below. This part of installation corresponds to
partitioning the hard drive, and formatting it. It is recommended that you
plan your hard disk partition before proceeding with the installation. It is
highly recommended that you make at least two partitions (C: and D:).
Never install the Operating System on the entire hard disk, using single
partition. If you are a serious user of computer, many a times you come across
broken Operating System. Your only option may be to re-install. Keeping ALL of
your data on second partition (say D) will save you from lot of work.
1. Insert the Windows XP CD into CDROM drive and restart your computer.
2. You will be prompted to "Press any key to boot from the CD",
then press SPACEBAR. If you miss the prompt, restart the and try again.
3. Windows XP Setup begins. On the "Welcome to Setup" page, press
4. On the Windows XP Licensing Agreement page, press the PAGE DOWN key to
scroll to the bottom of the agreement, and press F8.
5. This screen enables you to select the hard disk partition on which
Windows XP will be installed. For a re-install, it is very important that you
have a recent backup copy of your data before proceeding with hard disk
partitioning.. Choose appropriate option in this screen to have atleast two
partitions (C and D). and choose partition C for installation of the Operating
6. Press ENTER to select Unpartitioned space.
7. Choose FAT or NTFS format by using up/down keys. The default format
option is NTFS.
8. Windows XP erases the chosen hard disk drive, formats, and and then
copies the setup files. This process may take up to 20 minutes.