Posted 07 January 2008 - 05:09 AM
The steps below explain a repair install. If you wish to do a fresh install section 4 explains, but make sure you have all your drivers.
First insert your Windows XP disk in the CDdrive. Reboot the computer and enter your BIOS and set the 1st Boot Device=CD. Power down.
1. Power up; the Windows XP disk will boot with the setup screen for XP.
2. At the prompt to setup Windows XP, press ENTER
Do NOT press R for Repair Consol;
3. Press F8 to accept the Windows XP Licensing Agreement.
4.Next you are presented with the options:
>To repair the selected Windows XP installation, press R
>To continue installing a fresh copy of Windows XP without repairing, Press ESC.
Press R - Do NOT press "fresh copy" or all your data and programs will be overwritten.
5.Setup will copy files from the CD to your harddrive.
6.When the computer restarts, it will tell you to press any key to boot from the CD; do NOT press any key, just leave it alone-after a few seconds the reinstall will continue. IF you press a key, it will mess up the reinstall and you may have to start all over. I don't know why M/Soft set it up this way, but it can be confusing.
7. The system will again restart before booting to your repaired Windows XP environment.
You'll then be invited to register with Microsoft and to enter the names of the people who'll be using the system.
8. After the repair reinstall is complete, you should not have to reinstall any video, soundcard or chipset drivers. However, you MAY have to reinstall any downloaded Service Packs or updates from Microsoft. Check these out to see if you still have them or not.
9. Power up, enter the BIOS and return your setup to A drive = First Boot Device, Harddrive 2nd, CDrom 3rd. Press F10, save and exit the BIOS.
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