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I would like to install a new operating system

by Big2Diddy / June 3, 2006 9:22 PM PDT

I would like to install a new operating system (Windows XP) but I don't know how to get rid of the old one.

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Boot from the XP CD. . .
by Coryphaeus / June 3, 2006 10:00 PM PDT

Do a full format of the HD and a full install. But don't forget drivers for audio, video, NIC, modem, etc. as XP does not have them.

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by Big2Diddy / June 3, 2006 10:08 PM PDT

what if I didn't format the HD before doing the full install from the CD. Is that a problem? And if all those drivers aren't on the Windows XP OS, where do I access them from? The other CDs that came with the computer?

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here are the instructions on how to do that;
by retired / June 3, 2006 10:22 PM PDT

However, it is important to have all the Motherboard drivers and other hardware drivers available to reinstall after the new OS is loaded. Windows XP will supply some generic drivers but not all.

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
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 NTFS with quick option, (Should be the top selection)

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

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I would like to install a new operating system
by Big2Diddy / June 4, 2006 2:36 AM PDT

THANKS! It worked and everything is processing much more quickly!

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Glad you got it going
by retired / June 4, 2006 3:01 AM PDT

Thanks for posting back.

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