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first windows install

by ridcully / November 18, 2006 7:32 PM PST

can someone PLEASE tell me what i need to do to install xp on a newly built tower. i have been told i may need to format the drive but how?
this is the first time i've built from scratch so i need all the help i can get.

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This should help
by retired / November 18, 2006 8:06 PM PST
In reply to: first windows install

New/Clean Install/Re-install


1=Set Bios to boot from CD/ROM as first boot device(Entering the BIOS and changing the boot order is not discussed here, you may have to refer to the computers manual for this).(For a clean or new drive the boot sequence does not matter)

2=Place the OS/CD in the CD/ROM drive and Re-Boot

3=Watch for the prompt to "Press any key to boot from CD/ROM" Press ASAP (Ignore when prompt appears on any reboot) (You will only get this prompt if there is an OS installed).

4=windows Setup (Loads Files)

5=To setup XP now press "ENTER"

6=Press F8 for license

7=To continue installing a fresh copy of windows without repairing press "ESC"(You will not get this prompt for a new or unpartitioned drive)

8=For a new or unpartitioned drive press "ENTER" (or you can press "C" if you want to create multiple partitions).

9=For a drive that has partitions, operating system or any data on it, you should press "D" to delete the partition and start out with a clean drive
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10=Press "enter"

11=You will be prompted again, press "L"(You will do this for each partition) , Now you are ready to partition and format

12=Press "C" (Only if you want multiple partitions, Otherwise press "Enter"

13=To setup windows on the selected partition press "enter"

14=Select-format the partition using the NTFS file system

15=Press "enter'

16=Wait for format to complete

17=Computer will start copying files to the installation folders (this may take several minutes)

18=Computer will re-boot, do not press any key to boot from CD/ROM when prompted
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19=follow the on-screen instructions to complete loading windows.

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Is the hard drive a PATA or is
by Ray Harinec / November 18, 2006 10:46 PM PST
In reply to: first windows install

it possibly a SATA. For a SATA drive as the boot, the procedure is different because the mobo's SATA drivers must get installed. Your mobo manual should tell how to get the drivers installed as part of the XP install.

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