XP OEM Operating system install guide

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OEM Operating system install guide for XP PRO

This guide relates to installing XP PRO on a genuine DELL computer but will still be relevant to other suppliers XP discs.
This will also FORMAT your hard drive - so back up any data you want to keep

This method will install XP without the need for a product key - it will NOT UPGRADE an existing operating system.

Boot from the CD, don't try to install from a running version of Windows. When booting from the CD you'll see a message that says 'Press any key to boot from CD...' and it only lasts about 5 seconds, so don't miss it.

- If your computer won't boot from the CD, you may need to change the startup sequence in your CMOS (or BIOS), which is usually accomplished by pressing [Del] or [F2] when your PC first starts up. Different PCs have different BIOS menus, but look for a way to make your PC boot from the CDROM before it boots from the hard disk (sometimes called IDE-0).

Press enter to install  - DO NOT UPGRADE OR REPAIR an existing install.
After you accept the EULA (End user license agreement) with the F8 key, you MUST FORMAT the hard disc.
Delete any existing partitions (enter & L to confirm - not always in that order) & create a new partition.
Format the partition (I always use NTFS as it is more stable that FAT32 - you need to be aware of what the difference is between the two types of format!)
I always do a full format as this may pickup any errors on the disc.

The rest of the install process is automatic until location, time & user settings.

Regional & language options: Set you keyboard , language & location.
Name: this is your name - I just put in 'user'
Computer name & admin password: The name can be any you choose & the password can be too - I use the default computer name & no password (leave it empty)
Date & Time setting : Set this to the correct time & date then the time zone you are in.

After a while the Network settings page is displayed,
Typical settings will be ok for most users.
Workgroup or Domain: most home / small office PC's will be in a workgroup - you can always change it at a later date
The install will continue.

Finally you will be required to configure the install page by page.
1. I recommend turning ON automatic updates.
2. If connected to the Internet this will be detected or you can skip it if you want to set it up later..
3. Select the type of Internet connection, LAN or home network (Network card connection) or Direct , you can skip this too & do it later.
4. I prefer not to register the install.
5. I add the user of 'USER'

Thats it ...

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