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The computer will boot from the CD drive without the hard drive provided,
The CD drive works
The disk is good & bootable [like a XP disk]
The computer is set to boot from the CD first in the BIOS.
Turn the computer on & immediatly press the Delete, F1, or F2 key .
One of them should get you into the BIOS setup
Located the Boot or Boot priority listing in the BIOS
Set it to boot from the CD drive first & the hard drive second.
[NOTE: Some disks will boot automatically without pressing a key, some won't]
Put the XP reinstallation disk in the drive
Restart the computer
Watch the screen for a message that says "Press a key to boot CD" [or something like that] & press any key on your keyboard.
During the reinstall the computer will restart on it's own.
DO NOT press a key to boot from the CD , ley it start by itself & it will finish the installation
Posted 29 March 2009 - 02:25 AM
Posted 29 March 2009 - 03:54 AM
Before you are going to be able to do anything you have to get into the BIOS setup & set the computer to boot from the CD drive first.
Once you do that you can do this,
Turn the unit on and put the XP disk in the drive.
Leave the disk in the drive and restart the unit,
Watch the screen for a message that says "Press any key to boot from CD,
Press a key on the keyboard,
Wait while it goes through starting from the disk,
[You may have to press F8 during startup to accept the EULA]
When you get to the screen with the box that shows the current version of XP installed press "D" on the keyboard,
You now should have a screen asking what file system you want to format to, NTFS should be selected by default,
The disk will be formatted and the installation will automatically begin when the format is finished,
During the installation the computer will restart DO NOT press a key to boot from the CD again !
At that point the unit will boot from the hard drive and continue the installation.
After awhile you will be asked to "name" your computer,
I suggest naming it the same as the main user ID so you are the administrator by default.
[Example, I have an XP unit named "testbox" the user name is also "testbox"
You will be asked if you want to turn on automatic updates, select NO or Not now,
You will be asked if you want to setup a network connection, click on skip,
You will be asked to enter a user name and password,
Enter the same name you used for the unit ,
Only enter a password if you want to have to log on every time XP starts,
[If you have more then one user you can enter passwords later]
Follow the prompts to finish.
When you get to the desktop the only icon showing will be the recycle bin
Click on the "Tour XP balloon [or icon in the taskbar by the clock] and click "Cancel"
Go to Start>Control Panel,
Double click "Taskbar and Start Menu"
Click on the "Start Menu" tab
Put a dot in the circle by "Classic Start Menu"
[That will put the icons on the desktop]
Double click on "Folder Options"
Click on the "View" tab
Go down the list until you find "Show hidden files and folders"
[for future use]
put a dot in the circle by it
Close the Control Panel
Double click on "My Computer"
Right click on the "C:" drive
Left click on "Properties"
Click on the "Tools" tab
Click on "Defragment Now"
Defrag the drive
When you are done start installing your other programs and applications
[Defrag again when finished]
When they are installed if you have the "activate XP" notice do the activation,
When you have gotten this far either go to Windows Update and do the updates or go to "My Computer" and right click on it
Left click on "Properties"
When the box opens click on the "Automatic Updates" tab
Put a dot in the circle next to "Automaic [Recommended]
In order for the Automatic Updates to begin right away turn the unit completely off then restart it.
Posted 29 March 2009 - 10:07 AM
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