|How To Reinstall Windows
XP Home Edition
So you need to reinstall Windows XP Home
Edition? There are many reasons you might want
to do this. Maybe Windows has become slow, or
lots of errors pop-up and you are sick of trying
to fix them? Maybe you have viruses
on the computer and you don't feel spending time
to remove the malware? Maybe you just want to
learn how to do it? Have no fear, the process
is fairly simple. Just follow the steps below
and you can get your computer up and running just
like it was the day you first pulled it out of
the box. You don't need a computer repair technician
to reinstall Windows XP, you just need to follow
all your personal data.
- Determine whether the Windows CD and the
product key are available. If not, you cannot
- Are device drivers available for all the
hardware components? Many of the drivers are
integrated in Windows. However, devices such
as printers, monitors, graphic cards, sound
cards, modems, zip drives, and scanners usually
have separate installation CDs. If you do
not have all the drivers, you can download
the missing drivers from the Internet and
then write them to a CD.
- Do you have all the necessary CDs and product
keys for the programs (applications) that
are currently installed on the computer? You
will need to reinstall all the software again.
Collect and store the CDs and product keys
in an appropriate location.
- Make note of your network settings. Which
may include a user name and password to connect
to the Internet. You can probably get these
settings from your Intenet Service Provider
- You might need to changed the start up sequence
(boot order) for the PC. For this you will
need to enter the system BIOS. Many times
the BIOS can be accessed by tapping the F2
key on your keyboard as you start the computer.
Some systems use a different key to access
the BIOS. Click
here to search for the access keys by manufacturer.
The boot order should be in this sequence
- CD ROM, hard disk.
- Insert the Windows CD into the CD drive,
and restart your computer.
- Press any key to start from the CD.
- The Setup Wizard starts automatically, and
a welcome screen appears. Press ENTER
to start the installation.
- Press F8 to accept the terms of the
- Press ESC to start a new Windows
- You can now reconfigure the hard disk. All
existing partitions are listed, and several
options are available to you. The options
include the following:
Option 1: Delete existing partitions
- Use the arrow keys to select the first
partition you want to delete, and then
- Press ENTER to confirm that you
want to delete this partition, and then
- Repeat these steps for all other partitions
you want to delete.
- Now you can create new partitions.
Option 2: Create at least one new partition
- Use the arrow keys to select an unpartitioned
area on the hard disk, and then press C.
- Specify a size for the new partition,
and then press ENTER.
Note If you want to create additional partitions,
repeat these steps. Windows then automatically
creates an extended partition with logical
drives. For Windows installation, you only
need one partition at first. You can conveniently
create additional partitions as soon as the
Windows installation is finished.
- Select the partition in which you want
to install Windows, and then press ENTER.
Note The Setup Wizard notes that the new partition
is not yet formatted and suggests the FAT32
or the NTFS file systems. The best option
is usually Format the partition using the
NTFS file system.
- Use the arrow keys to select a file system
option, and then press ENTER.
- Select the formatting type to start formatting
Option 3: Reformat an existing partition
for the Windows installation
- Use the arrow keys to select the partition
in which you want to install Windows, and
then press ENTER.
Note The Setup Wizard suggests formatting
the partition with the FAT32 file system or
the NTFS file system. The best option is usually
Format the partition using the NTFS file system.
- Use the arrow keys to select a file system
- Press F to start formatting.
As soon as you have completed the partitioning
and formatting steps, the installation process
starts to copy files to the hard disk. This
may take several minutes.
- After you restart the computer, the Windows-based
part of the installation starts. You will
have to specify several entries to customize
the Windows installation.
- Specify the Regional and Language Options.
The default setting is usually English (United
States). Make a selection, and then click
- Enter your name and your organization, if
applicable, and then click Next.
- Enter the product key, and then click Next.
- Enter your Computer Name, and then, click
- Confirm the Date and Time Settings, and
then click Next.
- If your computer has a network card, the
Windows network will be installed. Click Default
Settings, and then click Next.
Note You can also reconfigure the network
settings as soon as the installation is finished.
- The next time that you restart your computer,
the Windows XP Welcome screen appears. Click
- When you are prompted to activate the product,
click Skip. At this point, there is
no Internet connection. However, you can activate
the product later. To do this, select No,
remind me every few days, and then click Next.
- Enter your user name for your User Account,
click Next, and then Finish.
Note If you are using an Installation CD with
integrated Service Pack 2 (SP2), the installation
procedure may differ slightly.