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Installation process
Installing Windows XP can take up to two hours. To make the process more manageable, it has been broken up into several sections. When you are ready, install Windows XP:

Part 1: Begin the installation

1.

Insert the Windows XP CD into your computer and restart your computer.

2.

If prompted to start from the CD, press SPACEBAR. If you miss the prompt (it only appears for a few seconds), restart your computer to try again.

Command window with prompt "Press any key to boot from CD"

3.

Windows XP Setup begins. During this portion of setup, your mouse will not work, so you must use the keyboard. On the Welcome to Setup page, press ENTER.

Windows XP Professional Setup page

4.

On the Windows XP Licensing Agreement page, read the licensing agreement. Press the PAGE DOWN key to scroll to the bottom of the agreement. Then press F8.

Windows XP Licensing Agreement page

5.

This page enables you to select the hard disk drive on which Windows XP will be installed. Once you complete this step, all data on your hard disk drive will be removed and cannot be recovered. It is extremely important that you have a recent backup copy of your files before continuing. When you have a backup copy, press D, and then press L when prompted. This deletes your existing data.

6.

Press ENTER to select Unpartitioned space, which appears by default.

Windows XP Professional Setup, partitioned and unpartitioned space page

7.

Press ENTER again to select Format the partition using the NTFS file system, which appears by default.

Windows XP Professional Setup page with Format the partition using the NTFS file system selected

8.

Windows XP erases your hard disk drive using a process called formatting and then copies the setup files. You can leave your computer and return in 20 to 30 minutes.

Windows XP Professional Setup Please wait while Setup formats the partition page

Part 2: Continue the installation

9.

Windows XP restarts and then continues with the installation process. From this point forward, you can use your mouse. Eventually, the Regional and Language Options page appears. Click Next to accept the default settings. If you are multilingual or prefer a language other than English, you can change language settings after setup is complete.

Regional and Language Options page

10.

On the Personalize Your Software page, type your name and your organization name. Some programs use this information to automatically fill in your name when required. Then, click Next.

Personalize Your Software page

11.

On the Your Product Key page, type your product key as it appears on your Windows XP CD case. The product key is unique for every Windows XP installation. Then, click Next.

Your Product Key page

12.

On the Computer Name and Administrator Password page, in the Computer name box, type a name that uniquely identifies your computer in your house, such as FAMILYROOM or TOMS. You cannot use spaces or punctuation. If you connect your computer to a network, you will use this computer name to find shared files and printers. Type a strong password that you can remember in the Administrator password box, and then retype it in the Confirm password box. Write the password down and store it in a secure place. Click Next.

Computer Name and Administrator Password page

13.

On the Date and Time Settings page, set your computer’s clock. Then, click the Time Zone down arrow, and select your time zone. Click Next.

Date and Time Settings page

14.

Windows XP will spend about a minute configuring your computer. On the Networking Settings page, click Next.

Networking Settings page

15.

On the Workgroup or Computer Domain page, click Next.

Workgroup or Computer Domain page

Part 3: Complete the installation

16.

Windows XP will spend 20 or 30 minutes configuring your computer and will automatically restart when finished. When the Display Settings dialog appears, click OK.

Display Settings dialog box

17.

When the Monitor Settings dialog box appears, click OK.

Monitor Settings dialog box

18.

The final stage of setup begins. On the Welcome to Microsoft Windows page, click Next.

Welcome to Microsoft Windows page

19.

On the Help protect your PC page, click Help protect my PC by turning on Automatic Updates now. Then, click Next.

Help protect your PC page

20.

Windows XP will then check if you are connected to the Internet:

If you are connected to the Internet, select the choice that describes your network connection on the Will this computer connect to the Internet directly, or through a network? page. If you’re not sure, accept the default selection, and click Next.

Will this computer connect to the Internet directly, or through a network? page

If you use dial-up Internet access, or if Windows XP cannot connect to the Internet, you can connect to the Internet after setup is complete. On the How will this computer connect to the Internet? page, click Skip.

How will this computer connect to the Internet? page

21.

Windows XP Setup displays the Ready to activate Windows? page. If you are connected to the Internet, click Yes, and then click Next. If you are not yet connected to the Internet, click No, click Next, and then skip to step 24. After setup is complete, Windows XP will automatically remind you to activate and register your copy of Windows XP.

Ready to activate Windows? page

22.

On the Ready to register with Microsoft? page, click Yes, and then click Next.

Ready to register with Microsoft? page

23.

On the Collecting Registration Information page, complete the form. Then, click Next.

Collecting Registration Information page

24.

On the Who will use this computer? page, type the name of each person who will use the computer. You can use first names only, nicknames, or full names. Then click Next. To add users after setup is complete or to specify a password to keep your account private, read Create and customize user accounts.

Who will use this computer? page

25.

On the Thank you! page, click Finish.

Thank you! page

Congratulations! Windows XP setup is complete. You can log on by clicking your name on the logon screen. If you’ve installed Windows XP on a new computer or new hard disk drive, you can now use the File and Settings Transfer Wizard to copy your important data to your computer or hard disk drive.

After logon, take a few minutes to validate your copy of Windows. Validation gives you access to hundreds of free downloads from the Microsoft Download Center. To learn about the new features Windows XP provides, click the Start button, click All Programs, click Accessories, and then click Tour Windows XP.

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How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install

Please click on the warnings below proceeding with the Repair Install.

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Warning #1

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Warning #2

It is extremely important that you backup important data that is not available from other

media sources. This backup should be located on a separate hard drive, CD, DVD,

network storage, etc. that will not be affected by the repair install.

Please check out the warning links before attempting the Repair Install. It is to your

advantage you follow the suggestions to prevent data loss and especially if you also have

the capability to boot into XP, perform the steps listed in the

Warning #1 , before

proceeding with the repair install.

After completing [if

Windows is still accessible] the steps listed to prevent data loss in

warning #1

and you did not remedy the no boot situation, you can use an OEM XP

Pro or Home,

"retail" XP Home or Pro full or upgrade version CD of the same version

Home or Pro to perform a Repair Install.

OEM Restore disks or hidden restore

folders on the hard drive

will not work for the Repair Install.

A Repair Install will replace the system files with the files on the XP CD used for the

Repair Install. It will leave your applications and settings intact, but Windows updates

will need to be reapplied.

A Repair Install will replace files altered by adware and malware, but will not fix an

adware, malware problem.

You can use the

In place upgrade option to change a Product Key in the event you

entered a key that was already activated. The In Place Upgrade also produces the same

result as the Repair Install.

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An option I highly recommend is creating a Slipstreamed XP CD with SP1, SP2, etc..

Slipstreaming Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2)

Good

Another Slipstream step by step

Better

AutoStreamer

mirror link for AutoStreamer Best!!

Step by Step on AutoStream

Alternate options to

Change XP Product Key
#18 on the FAQ list.

XP Repair install

1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the

system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system

documentation for steps to access the

BIOS and change the boot order.

2. When you see the "

Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see the options below

This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft

Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

3. Press

Enter to start the Windows Setup.

do not

choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the

Recovery Console, press

R
", (you Do Not want to load Recovery

Console)

. I repeat, do not choose "To repair a Windows XP installation

using the Recovery Console, press

R
".

4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows

installations.

5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press

R to start the

repair. If

Repair is not one of the options, read this Warning#2!

6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.

Do not press

any key to boot from CD when the message appears.

Setup will continue

as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain

intact.

If you get files not found during the copying stage.

Blaster worm warning

: Do not immediately activate over the internet when

asked, enable the

XP firewall before connecting to the internet. You can activate

after the firewall is enabled. Control Panel - Network Connections. Right click the

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connection you use, Properties, and there is a check box on the

Advanced page.

KB 833330

Blaster removal

What You Should Know About the

Sasser Worm and Its Variants

Microsoft Security Bulletin

MS04-011

7. Reapply

updates or service packs applied since initial Windows XP installation.

Please note that a Repair Install from the Original install XP CD will remove SP1/

SP2 and service packs will need to be reapplied.

Windows XP Service Pack 1

Service Pack 2

An option I highly recommend; is creating a Slipstreamed XP CD with SP1, SP2,

etc. .

Slipstreaming Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2)

Good

Another Slipstream step by step

Better

AutoStreamer

mirror link for AutoStreamer Best!!

Step by Step on AutoStreamer

Printable

Repair Install step by step. repair.txt

Warning! #1

Should you do a repair install; and is it the best choice?

A Repair Install is not foolproof, and should not be considered the cure-all fix

for non-boot situations.

To prevent loss of data or program settings, perform the following before the

Repair Install.

Manually delete the Undo_guimode.txt file from the Windows\System32 folder

before you perform any of the actions that are listed in the "Symptoms" section

of this article. To do this in Windows XP, type the following command at a

command prompt:

del /a /f %windir%\system32\undo_guimode.txt

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1. From the

Start menu, click Run. Screenshot Image

2. In the

Run dialog box, in the Open text box, type: cmd. Click OK.

3. Delete the undo_guimode.txt file. In the

C:\Windows\System32\cmd.

exe

dialog box, type: del /a /f c:\windows\system32

\undo_guimode.txt

. Press the ENTER key. Screenshot Image

KB

Q312369

Check the link below for an option for recovering from a non-boot event.

Windows XP Crashed? Here's Help

A salvage mission into the depths of Windows XP, explained by a

non-geek

by Charlie White

Also as a precaution the windows\system32\

WPA.DBL and WPA.BAK

should be copied to a floppy before doing a repair install. For more information

see Alex Nichol's article on

XP activation.

More articles to help prevent data loss.

http://cquirke.mvps.org/reinst.htm

Additional tips to perform before initiating the Repair Install.

You should complete the basic requirements of backing up all files and folders

that cannot be restored from other media. This includes passwords, applications

purchased and downloaded from the internet without CD support, financial

records and folders, digital images that cannot be replaced...............

Backup copies of your registry files (in the %systemroot%\Repair folder) are

also replaced after the in-place upgrade is complete. Copy these registry

backups to another location before you perform an in-place upgrade/Repair

Install. You may need to use them after the in-place upgrade is complete.

It would also be a good idea to run the

Files And Settings Transfer wizard F.

A.S.T

located on the XP CD.

If you made unorthodox registry changes with third party software, there is the

potential of data loss from a Repair Install. Another consideration of concern

would be a power failure during the repair install could render your system

unbootable and result in loss of data.

The likelihood of you losing the files and folders is probably of minimal risk, but

you have to expect the worst and make sure you are prepared for recovery.

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If you are sure you have explored all other troubleshooting avenues, then

proceed with the

repair install.

Warning!! #2

If the Repair Option is not Available

What should I do?

Most important do not ignore the information

below!

I

f the option to Repair Install is NOT available and you continue with the install;

you

will delete your Windows & Documents and Settings folders. All

Applications

that place keys in the registry will need to be re-installed.

You should exit setup if the repair option is

not available and consider other

options. I have found if the Repair option is not available, you have a few paths I

have listed to try before XP requires a

Clean install.

Very important!!

If you still have the ability to access the Windows XP installation, backup all

important files not restorable from other sources before attempting any

recovery console or other trouble shooting attempts.

Possible Fix by reconfiguring boot.ini using Recovery Console.

1.Boot with XP CD or 6 floppy boot disk set.

2. Press R to load the Recovery Console.

3. Type

bootcfg.

4. This should fix any boot.ini errors causing setup not to see the XP OS

install.

5. Try the repair install.

One more suggestion from MVP Alex Nichol

"Reboot, this time taking the immediate R option, and if the CD letter is say K:

give these commands

copy K:\i386\ntldr C:\

copy K:\i386\ntdetect.com C:\

(two other files needed - just in case)

1. Type:

attrib -h -r -s C:\boot.ini del C:\boot.ini

2. Type: BootCfg /Rebuild

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which will get rid of any damaged boot.ini, search the disk for systems and make

a new one. This might even result in a damaged windows reappearing; but gives

another chance of getting at the repair"

Feedback on success or failure of the above fixes would be greatly appreciated.

Feedback

Try the link below if the

repair option is not available.

Windows XP Crashed?

Here's Help. A salvage mission into the depths of Windows XP, explained by a

non-geek

by Charlie White

Related links

You May Lose Data or Program Settings After Reinstalling, Repairing, or Upgrading

Windows XP

(Q312369)

System Restore "Restore Points" Are Missing or Deleted

(Q301224)

How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade (Reinstallation) of Windows XP

(Q315341)

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