XP (home) clean install

  djsew 20:39 30 Nov 04

I have a screwed up XP installation. Tried to re-install over existing by using the 'Upgrade' option but it keeps adopting the problem bits. Would the 'New istallation' option be a better choice?
Have previously perfomed clean installs by first booting off floppy and and then doing 'format c:'but this fails with "Cannot format network drive".

Directions please!

  spikeychris 20:52 30 Nov 04

The Windows XP CD is bootable and contains all the tools necessary
to partition and format your drive. Follow this procedure and allow
Windows XP to partition and format your drive:

NOTE: It would be best to physically disconnect all your peripheral hardware
devices, except the monitor, mouse and keyboard, before installing XP.

NOTE: If you have an internal Zip Drive installed, physically disconnect the
EIDE and power cable to it before proceeding, otherwise your main
hard drive may not be assigned the customary C: drive letter.
After installing Windows XP, you may then reconnect it.

1. Open your BIOS and set your "CD Drive as the first bootable device".

===> Accessing Motherboard BIOS
===> click here

2. Insert your Windows XP CD in the CD Drive and reboot your computer.

3. You'll see a message to boot to the CD....follow the instructions.

4. The setup menu will appear and you should elect to delete all the existing
Windows partitions, then create a new partition, then format the primary
partition (preferably NTFS) and proceed to install Windows XP.

5. Clean Install Windows XP
click here

[Courtesy of Michael Stevens, MS-MVP]

6. ==> Immediately after installing Windows XP, turn on XP's Firewall.
==> click here

7. After Windows XP is installed, visit the Windows Update website
and download the available "Critical Updates".

8. After installing the critical updates, be sure and visit the support website
of the manufacturer of the computer to download and install any
available Windows XP compatible drivers, such as video adapter
and audio drivers.

9. If you happen to run into any installation difficulties, use the following resource:

Troubleshooting Windows XP Setup
click here

[Courtesy of MS-MVP Kelly Theriot]

  djsew 21:01 30 Nov 04

Many thanks spikeychris. Tried that boot-off-cd method but obviously the BIOS priority is wrong. Thanks also for the bios info pointer also.

  Boy Zone 22:13 30 Nov 04

I will remember this.

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