How to Reinstall Windows XP

One of the most time consuming tasks, when it comes to computing, is reinstallation of operating systems. When your Windows operating system crashes due to a potent virus attack, then you are left with no option sometimes but to go for a reinstallation. If you have never done it before, this short guide on how to reinstall Windows XP Home will show you how.

The only three versions of Windows that are currently in use and supported by Microsoft are Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. If you are going for an upgrade, I recommend that you go for Windows 7, as it is perhaps one of the best computer operating systems created till date. However, if you are happy with good old XP, the reinstallation instructions will be found in the following lines.

How to Reinstall Windows XP Without Losing Data

Released in 2001, Windows XP continues to be used even today, as it was a highly stable release. To reinstall Windows XP, you will need a bootable Windows XP CD with a valid license key. You could use Windows XP recovery disk if you have been smart enough to create one. Before going for a reinstall, make sure that you back up any of the data stored on the hard drive. Insert the Windows XP CD in the optical drive and restart your laptop or desktop computer.

When a ‘Booting From CD’ message is displayed, press enter to enter setup. You will be greeted with a blue welcome screen. Read all the instructions carefully and follow them to the letter. Press ‘Enter’ to begin Windows XP reinstallation.

After you have read the end user agreement, you will be shown the available space on your hard drive and will be asked to select the drive on which you want Windows XP installed. Select the drive on which you want the Windows setup to be. You can also delete all existing partitions and create new ones. Then you must choose the formatting type for the selected partition. Opt for NTFS.

Then the partition will be formatted and copying of files will begin. When the files are copied to your hard drive, you will be asked to reboot the computer. This will be followed by setup, which will take some time depending on the RAM size of your computer.

Once it boots, you will be asked to select your regional date and time settings. Then you must enter the license key for the installation. After that you can set up the administrative password and your setup is complete. Enjoy your newly installed Windows XP operating system. Just load all the drivers using the special hardware drivers CD provided by the manufacturers and you are ready to go. If you are curious as to how to reinstall Windows XP without CD, know that you will have to prepare a bootable USB.

Once you boot into the brand new Windows XP installation, switch on your router or modem and get connected to the Internet. For that you will have to go to network settings and use the Internet connect wizard. Once you are online, get the latest updates released by Microsoft for Windows XP. Get the best antivirus for Windows XP installed as soon as possible. You will have to install Windows Office suite separately.

Hope this brief guide on how to reinstall Windows XP was found to be helpful. As we saw, the installation is quite simple and straightforward as it is self managed. All you have to do is choose the drive you want to install the computer operating system on and enter the license key. Rest will be taken care of by the Windows installer. Don’t forget to get hold of the driver software required to run the various devices installed on your computer!

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