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Windows XP Installation

In case you have to make a new installation of Windows XP ( Home or Professional), you
can use this as a guideline to make yourself familiar with the process , when installing a retail
version (full version or upgrade), this procedure is NOT valid for installation of Windows XP
via a "Recovery CD-ROM".

I am also assuming, that your system is able to boot from a CD-ROM, like the Windows XP
installation CD-ROMs (which should be no issue, because if your system is NOT able to boot
from a CD-ROM, it is most probably already a few years old and NOT powerful enough to
run Windows XP
(however : if your system is NOT able to boot from CD-ROM and you insist on installing
Windows XP, you can download from the Microsoft Website boot-floppies, allowing to start from a floppy-disk reboot )

Check in
your PC-BIOS, that "booting from CD-ROM" is enabled and that the system will
first try to boot from CD-ROM
, before attempting to boot from harddisk:

These screen dumps have been made using :
"VMWARE Workstation 3.0" of VMWARE.
( more details on this very powerful program )

Insert your Windows XP installation CD-ROM and power-on/restart your system:

If you get the message to
"press any key to boot from CD...", press any key

After a brief delay, the typical Microsoft "blue Installation screen" is displayed, and you will see
at the bottom of the screen, that the system is loading (by loading all type of device drivers) :

It will finally state : "Setup is starting Windows" and will display after a short delay the
"Windows XP Professional Setup" or "Windows XP Home Setup" screen :

Select "to set up Windows XP now" and press the ENTER-key :

The "Windows XP Licensing Agreement" is displayed, accept it by pressing the F8-key.

Setup will now display the partitioning of your disk:

If your system has already an operating system installed, you will see them listed.
You have now a simple Disk Manager, allowing you to create and delete partitions.
You will need to select either an existing partition or "Unpartitioned space" (if available)
to define, on which partition to install Windows XP, then press ENTER.

The next screen is asking for the type of disk formatting to be used :

(if you install XP into an already existing partition, you have additional options to leave the
current disk formatting intact).
Select the type of disk formatting : FAT or NTFS

FAT : possible to access from a DOS-boot floppy, but limited to max. 4 GByte with very
inefficient file-storage (cluster-size of 64 KByte), no Security features
NTFS : not accessible from a DOS-boot floppy, but NOT limited in size and using an efficient
file-storage with a small cluster-size, able to use File-System Security features.

Windows XP requires a lot of disk-space for itself, you should use at least a 4 GByte partition.
I suggest to use NTFS : make your choice (highlight) and select it by pressing ENTER.

Setup will start formatting the disk :

and will then start copying files from the CD-ROM to the disk :

The system will then need to reboot :

( this is a funny screen : the system will restart anyway after 1 seconds, and you have only the choice to press
ENTER to shorten the delay, saving max. 15 seconds in the complete installation process of 30-45 minutes )

After the restart, Windows XP starts the first time with the Graphical User Interface ( GUI ) :

Setup will continue to copy files and to install devices :

You can adjust regional settings (for example if you install an English version of
Windows XP in a different country) :

Personalize your system by entering your name and
organization :

Enter your 25 character Product key (as it was delivered with your Windows XP CD-ROM ) :

Define the name for your computer and the password for the Administrator account :

based on the organization (define above), Setup creates a name for your computer,
with complex name (to make sure that the name will be unique in a network configuration.
Since this name will be used later inside the "Network Neighborhood" / "My Network places",
change it to an easy to understand , but UNIQUE name (like : P633VM ).

If you enter a password for the Administrator Account, make sure that you remember it
(to be save, write if down ! ).

Check the date and time, adjust the timezone :

If you have a network card in your system, which was detected by Setup, you will be asked
to select whether to install a typical configuration (which you can always change later) or if you
like to make now already special settings (like: defining your IP-address ) :

Setup continues :

The system will reboot again :

Setup will configure then your screen resolution.

You are now ready to use the
"colorful" Windows XP :

You can
adjust the the system to look
and work more like Windows NT4/2000

These screen dumps have been made using :
"VMWARE Workstation 3.0" of VMWARE.
( more details on this very powerful program )

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