When you buy a PC or laptop it’s always best that you know how to install operating systems such as Microsoft Windows XP, especially when you are buying cheap PCs or laptops as at times they may not even have an operating system installed. Through this article we will be discussing how to install Windows XP on any PC or laptop. If you are looking for a great way on how to install Windows XP then this is definitely for you. All you need to install Windows XP is a disk with the operating system and of course a PC or laptop. Are you ready? Well let’s get start on how to install Windows XP.
First of all, you will need to set your computer up so that it boots from the CD-ROM. To do so, go to the bios by hitting F2 on start up and then go to the boot device option. You should see your CD-ROM in there which is the option that you need to select or put to the top of the list depending on your BIOS version.
Now, save changes and restart the computer ensuring that you have the Windows XP disk in the correct drive. When booting up you should see a message which says “Press any key to boot from the CD”, so what you need to do is hit any key and you will be brought to the installation screen. You will first need to agree to the terms before installing!
Once you have done this you need to select which partition you want to install Windows XP on. Generally, the NTFS file system on the C: drive is used for operating system installation but it varies from computer to computer. If you already have an operating system installed on this drive then you will need to commit to the changes that will take place which will overwrite of your old operating system.
On agreeing, Windows will start to copy all of the new files over to your hard drive which should take no longer than 10 minutes. The machine will then automatically reboot itself and setup will continue.
On the next stage, you need to configure settings such as system locale so it knows which keyboard layout to use, adjust network settings so your home network functions and you will also need to enter the serial key of your Windows XP. From here, everything is now automatic and the process should take around 2 hours to complete but this depends on the processing speed of your computer.
Once installed, it may be necessary to install drivers for your display adaptor and Ethernet card etc. If you don’t have the drivers on disk then you can download them online or preferably use the Windows driver searching tool which will find and install them automatically for you. There you have it, a fully working version of Windows XP has now been installed.