Posted 18 September 2011 - 05:04 PM
Windows XP is pure garbage these days with Windows 7 out, but the install procedure of XP onto a clean machine is similar at its core. You need a full non-upgrade copy of Windows XP with a product key. You put the CD into the drive and restart the computer, follow the prompts to get it to work. Make sure the copy of Windows you are using is a new. If you are using the same disc from a PC built by an OEM like HP, Dell, etc., those will not work. Also, due to licensing restrictions, you cannot reuse the copy of Windows over again unless it is a full boxed retail version. The Windows Vista and 7 install procedure is more hands off, just tell it where to install and off it goes. You can buy a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium for about $99, or, if you are part of a university or business, you may be eligible for free or reduced copies.
When you say you have a burned copy of Windows XP, how did you get it? Is it a copy of an original CD, a burned ISO image of the opersting system, or did you just copy the Windows directory onto a disc from an original PC?