Procedures on installing Windows XP on new HDD
Please follow below steps to install Windows XP on new hard disk:
1) Start your computer from the Windows XP CD (or boot disks). Insert the Windows XP setup CD into your CD or DVD drive, and restart your computer.
2) After restarting computer will prompt for boot from the CD, press Spacebar. (If you miss the prompt (it only appears for a few seconds), restart your computer to try again.)
3) At the Setup Welcome screen, press ENTER to begin with Windows XP Setup. During this portion of setup, your mouse will not work, so you must use the keyboard.
4) On the Windows XP Licensing Agreement page, read the licensing agreement. Press the Page Down key to scroll to the bottom of the agreement. Then press F8.
5) On this page setup will ask you for the drive on which you want to install the Windows XP. After selection of drive all data on your selected hard disk drive will be removed and cannot be recovered. (this might not be applicable for your case because you are using new hard disk with no data on it) It is extremely important that you have a recent backup copy of your files before continuing.
6) Select Unpartitioned space (unallocated space/Unused space on a hard disk) by hitting Enter, which appears by default.
7) Press Enter again to select Format the partition using the NTFS (New Technology File System) file system, which appears by default or File Allocation Table (FAT).
8) Formatting and then copying of setup files on selected drive is done in this step.
To continue the installation:
1) This point forward you can use your mouse. Eventually, the Regional and Language Options page appears. Click Next to accept the default settings. You can accept the default settings by clicking next or make changes for language settings. You also can change language settings after setup is complete.
2) On the Personalize Your Software page, type your name and your organization name.
3) On this screen type your product key as it appears on your Windows XP CD case. The product key is unique for every Windows XP installation. Then, click Next.
4) On the Computer Name and Administrator Password page, in the Computer name box, type a name that uniquely identifies your computer. You cannot use spaces or punctuation. If you connect your computer to a network, you will use this computer name to find shared files and printers.
Type a strong password that you can remember in the Administrator password box, and then retype it in the Confirm password box. Write the password down and store it in a secure place. Click Next.
5) On the Date and Time Settings page, set your computer’s clock. Then, click the Time Zone down arrow, and select your time zone. Click Next.
6) Windows XP will spend about a minute configuring your computer. On the Networking Settings page, click Next.
7) On the Workgroup or Computer Domain page, click Next.
To complete the installation:
1) Windows XP will spend 20 or 30 minutes configuring your computer and will automatically restart when finished. When the Display Settings dialog appears, click OK.
2) When the Monitor Settings dialog box appears, click OK.
3) The final stage of setup begins. On the Welcome to Microsoft Windows page, click Next.
(In below steps select options as per your requirements.)
4) On the Help protect your PC page, click Help protect my PC by turning on Automatic Updates now. Then, click Next.
5) Windows XP will then check if you are connected to the Internet:
a. If you are connected to the Internet, select the choice that describes your network connection on the. Will this computer connect to the Internet directly, or through a network page? If you’re not sure, accept the default selection, and click Next.
b. If you use dial-up Internet access, or if Windows XP cannot connect to the Internet, you can connect to the Internet after setup is complete. On the How will this computer connect to the Internet page, click Skip.
6) Windows XP Setup displays the Ready to activate Windows page. If you are connected to the Internet, click Yes, and then click Next. If you are not yet connected to the Internet, click No, click Next, and then skip to step 24. After setup is complete, Windows XP will automatically remind you to activate and register your copy of Windows XP.
7) On the Ready to register with Microsoft page, click Yes, and then click Next.
8) On the Collecting Registration Information page, complete the form. Then, click Next.
9) On the Who will use this computer page, type the name of each person who will use the computer. You can use first names only, nicknames, or full names. Then click Next.
10) On the Thank you! page, click Finish.