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How to Install Windows XP (Page 3/7)

Posted: September 10, 2002
Written by: Dan "Tweak Monkey" Kennedy

Let’s Get Started, Shall We?

Warning: The first rule while installing Windows is: do not press keys without reading what you’re doing. The second rule of installing Windows is: do not press keys without reading what you’re doing. Seriously, read what you’re doing and do not rush through the install, or your PC could be as useful as a turnip (it would still taste better, though).

If you could be so kind, please turn on your PC at this point and hit "Delete" on your keyboard, or the other key indicated by your BIOS information screen to enter the setup utility. In this utility, look for "Boot Sequence" or "Boot Options". You may have to search around a bit to find it. If you accidentally make a change, exit without saving. Otherwise, locate the boot sequence and promote your CD-ROM drive to the primary boot device. This is just the easiest way to boot from the drive. Once you’ve done this, pop the CD-ROM drive open and insert your Windows XP Installation CD. Choose "Exit Saving Changes" or whatever option allows you to save the current settings and exit. Your PC will reboot, and you’re on your way.

An Epic Begins, Installing Windows

Once your PC has rebooted, follow the instructions on-screen to boot from the CD. It may require you to hit some key on the keyboard. It might be automatic. Either way, within a couple seconds if you’ve done this, you should see a familiar blue screen as the installation starts. Right away, it will say at the bottom of the screen something along the lines of "If you have a 3rd party SCSI driver, hit F6". If you do, as mentioned above, hit F6 now. You will not have another chance to do this, and if you miss it, you may want to reboot your PC and try booting from the CD again. You will be prompted to install these drivers later.

If you have already installed XP on this PC and there are remains of it on one of your hard drives, it will ask you if you’d like to repair an installation. This is most likely not your plan, so hit Esc on your keyboard to continue and do a fresh install.

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