Steps To Reinstall Your Windows XP Operating System

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The Windows XP operating system from Microsoft is one of the widely popular operating systems of all time. Even after the release of three other operating systems from Microsoft like Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8, this operating system is widely in use. However, even though Windows XP help is available for you to perform a wide range of tasks, it can give you a few troubles too. Now, if you cannot fix these troubles with a simple operating system repair process, you will have to go for a reinstallation process. In this article, we will take you through the steps to reinstall your Windows XP operating system.

Steps involved

  • Before we begin the reinstallation process, move your files to discs or DVDs, as the reinstallation process will erase all data from your computer. You can also use the help of online backup services like
  • Open your DVD or CD drive and place your Windows XP operating system disc.
  • Select Start and choose the option Restart.
  • When your computer restarts, hit any key, so that the boot media is the Windows XP disc.
  • Select Enter Setup and hit the Enter key.
  • Agree to the licensing terms by pressing the F8 key.

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  • Choose a hard drive partition to reinstall Windows XP. The default location is the C: drive.
  • You have the options to choose the file system that you want to slip back. Select it and hit the Enter key.
  • Choose Enter again and this will initiate the reinstallation process. This reinstallation process can last for even hours and depends on the capacity of your RAM, processor speed etc.
  • Enter the license code, which you will find on your Windows XP installation disc in the field you see at the end of set up process.
  • Change the settings like the name of your computer and time zone.
  • Hit any key to finish the reinstallation process.

After your computer restarts, you will find your operating system reinstalled. Remember that all your files that you have saved in your computer will be removed after this reinstallation process. Therefore, it is advisable to take a back up if you have some really important documents or files to save. If any errors occur during the reinstallation process, contact Windows XP help and support center. The Microsoft technicians will help you to troubleshoot and fix the issue