Windows XP Installation

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how you can easily install Windows XP on your computer system. The best way to install Windows XP is to do a clean installation and it’s also not that difficult to perform so, let me show you how to do it quickly.



Some Checkups Before Starting Any Process

Hardware Compatibility – Check Windows XP Compatibility List to ensure that your hardware is supported by Windows XP or not. Normally you won’t find any compatibility problem but I’ll suggest you to download the drivers for your computer from the computer’s manufacturer’s website. You can also use my this >>How to Find Drivers<< tutorial to download drivers online if you had some problem on your side.

Minimum  System Requirements for Windows XP

  • 300 MHz Intel or AMD CPU
  • 128 megabytes (MB) of system RAM
  • 1.5 gigabytes (GB) of available drive space
  • CD or DVD-ROM

Product Key – It’s a specific software-based License key for a particular program which certifies that the program you’ve purchased is original. Normally it’s printed on your software’s package, contains 25 characters in a group of 5 characters (each 5 long). just keep in mind you’ll definitely need the product key in order to complete your Windows installing process.

Boot Setting – If you’re installing Windows from CD or USB, whatever you use for installation, you’ll need to change your computer’s boot order, in order to boot that Windows CD/USB on your computer’s start-up. Check out the link below to know more about Boot Order setting and how to change it.

How To Change The Boot Order (Boot Sequence) In BIOS?

BONUS TIP 1 – If you are going to install Windows XP from a CD then I’ll suggest you to use a USB Pendrive instead of using a CD. Here’s a link below which will help you to make a bootable USB Pendrive for you own.

How To Make A Bootable Usb Pen Drive?

BONUS TIP 2 – If your OS recently got corrupted and you wanted to recover your personal data from hard disk before this Windows installation process, then check out this tutorial >>> How to Recover Your Data Even Your Windows Not Running ?



Starting the Setup Process

Step 1 – Start your Computer and Insert your Windows XP CD in your CD/DVD-ROM drive.

insert cd

Step 2 – Your PC should automatically detect the bootable CD and you will get a message saying “Press any key to boot from CD”.  So, now you’ll need to press any key to continue. Make sure you press it quick.

Step 3 – Now, your PC will ask you to “Press F6 if you want to install a third party Raid or SCSI driver”.

If you are using an IDE Hard Drive then you do not need to press F6. If you are using a SCSI Hard drive then you’ve must have to press F6 otherwise the Windows will not detect your Hard Drive during the installation. Normally you don’t need too.

Now setup is loading files:

Step 4 – Now you will get a Windows XP Setup screen in front of you asking about the three options to choose “New Windows install, Repair previous install or quit”. Since we are doing a new installation we just need to press Enter to continue.


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