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Setting Up Microsoft Windows XP

Setting Up Microsoft Windows XP

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Step by Step: Setting Up MicrosoftWindows XP
Tip:
If possible, print this document before starting Setup. Some steps might require you to shutdown the computer, and it will be helpful to have a printed copy of this information.This document will help you to install Microsoft Windows XP Professional or Windows XPHome Edition. This document also provides answers to other setup-related questions.Click a link to go directly to that section:Prepare for SetupUpgrade to Windows XPPerform a new installation of Windows XPTransfer files and settings from another computer Partition and format a hard drivePerform other Setup-related tasksTroubleshoot SetupCreate boot disksConfigure a computer to boot from CDSet up a multiboot systemRepair or recover a systemFind a Microsoft Knowledge Base articleAdditional resources
Installation overview
This release of Windows XP includes Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows XP. If you uninstall thisrelease of Windows XP, SP2 is automatically uninstalled too. Your computer will be running theoperating system that it was running before you installed Windows XP, or it will not be runningan operating system. You cannot uninstall SP2 only.Important
You can install Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2 or Windows XPProfessional with Service Pack 2 on computers that are running the following operatingsystems:
Microsoft Windows 98
Windows 98 Second Edition
Windows NT 4.0 Workstation
Windows Millennium Edition
Windows 2000 Professional
 
Windows XP Home Edition
Windows XP Professional
If you want to upgrade Microsoft Windows 95 to Windows XP Home Edition or Windows XP Professional, you must first uninstall Windows 95, and then perform a newinstallation.
If you are installing Windows XP on an older computer, it’s a good idea to check withyour computer manufacturer to see whether a BIOS upgrade is available before you proceed.
Prepare for Setup
There are four important steps you should take before you start Setup:
1.
Run an upgrade report – it only takes a few minutes to check system compatibility.
2.
Disable virus protection software – if you do not do this, installation might fail.
3.
Back up your fileseither by using the Backup Wizard that is built into Windows, or byusing another backup program.
4.
Decide which type of Setup you want – an upgrade or a new installation.Doing these four steps
before
starting Setup can save you time in the long run.
Run an upgrade report
An upgrade report tells you how your hardware and software will work with Windows XP. Theupgrade report is a quick and easy program that you can run using the Windows XP CD. Here'show:1.Insert the Windows XP CD into your CD-ROM drive.
2.
When the
Welcome
menu appears, click 
Check system compatibility
.
3.
Then click 
Check my system automatically
.You can also find information about your computer's devices (such as printers, scanners, and soon) at the device manufacturer's Web site, in the Windows Catalog, and on the MicrosoftHardware Compatibility List (HCL):Text version of the HCL (for all operating systems)(https://winqual.microsoft.com/download/default.asp)Text version of the HCL (for Windows XP only)(https://winqual.microsoft.com/download/display.asp?FileName=hcl/WinXPHCLx86.txt)The Windows Catalog(http://www.microsoft.com/windows/catalog/)You can get to all of the above fromWindows Hardware and Driver Central (http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/hcl/default.mspx)What do you do if something is incompatible with Windows XP? You can upgrade either thehardware or software in question, find a similar but compatible program or device, or you canremove the program or device and stop using it. To upgrade, contact the manufacturer. To findcompatible programs and devices, check the Windows Catalog 
 
(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
Start
menu.
Note:
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
clean installation
or a
 full installation
), and a multiboot installation.
 Hint:
we highly recommend the first one!
Upgrade
. 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.
Note:
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.
Tip:
To find a Microsoft Knowledge Base article, go toMicrosoft Help and Support (http://support.microsoft.com), type the article number in the
Search the Knowledge Base
box,and press ENTER.
New installation
. 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.

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