(http://www.microsoft.com/windows/catalog/). To remove a program, go to Control Panel andopen Add or Remove Programs.
Disable virus protection (antivirus) software
Virus protection software sometimes interferes with Setup, so make sure that you disable it before you begin installing Windows XP. For instructions about how to do this, refer to thedocumentation for your virus protection software.After setting up Windows XP, remember to enable the virus protection program. In some casesyou will need an updated version of the software, which you might be able to download from thesoftware manufacturer's Web site.
Back up your files
Back up any files that you want to preserve, just in case something goes awry. Depending onhow many files you have, you can copy them to a floppy disk, removable drive, or CD, or to anetwork folder if you have a network. You can copy the files directly or use the Backup Wizardincluded with most versions of Windows. This wizard is located in the Accessories\System Toolsfolder on the
You cannot restore a backup in Windows XP that you created by using the Msbackup toolin Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows Millennium Edition. For more information about thisissue, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 305381, "Cannot Restore Backups That You Createin Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows Me with the Windows XP NTBackup Tool."
Decide which type of Setup you want
There are basically three different types of Setup: an upgrade, a new installation (also known as a
), and a multiboot installation.
we highly recommend the first one!
. This is the easiest method of installing Windows XP. We recommend you use thismethod if you are running a previous version of Windows. When you upgrade, you replace theexisting operating system with Windows XP, but your data and most user settings should not beaffected. (It's always a good idea to back up your files before starting, just in case.)You can upgrade from Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Millennium Edition,Windows NT Workstation 4 (Service Pack 6), or Windows 2000 Professional.
Windows 2000 can only be upgraded to Windows XP Professional. See MicrosoftKnowledge Base article 292607 for supported upgrade paths. Also see Microsoft KnowledgeBase article 316941 for an overview of the Windows XP Setup process.
To find a Microsoft Knowledge Base article, go toMicrosoft Help and Support (http://support.microsoft.com), type the article number in the
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. Also known as a full installation or a clean installation, this method requires alittle more work than an upgrade. A new installation can install Windows XP on another drive or partition without disturbing an existing installation, or you can choose to wipe out everything onyour hard drive so that you "start from scratch."
You should definitely back up your filesbefore doing a new installation!
As part of a new installation, you can also partition and formatyour hard drive. It's best to do this as part of Setup, rather than doing it in advance (as you mighthave done with previous versions of Windows). We'll get to that.