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
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
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
19=follow the on-screen instructions to complete loading windows.
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.