If you have not had Windows XP Home or Windows XP Pro
make sure the computer is ready for Windows XP.
Follow the appropriate link, especially #3 Upgrade
Windows XP Home Edition Upgrade
Windows XP Professional Upgrade
2. Disconnect all peripherals (camera, printer, scanner,
Disconnect any ZIP drive
Disconnect network/modem cable.
Go to BIOS and set CDROM as boot device before hard
Insert Windows XP CD and reboot.
At "Press any key to boot to CDROM" quickly press a key
and follow the prompts for a Clean installation:
Windows XP Clean Install
If you are installing using Windows XP Upgrade, insert
qualifying media in Step 4b.
Delete all partitions in step 5 of the above link if you desire to erase
all data on the hard drive.
Partitioning and formatting will be done automatically.
All data will be destroyed, back-up important data
Enable or install firewall BEFORE connecting network
HOW TO: Enable or Disable Internet
Connection Firewall in Windows XP
Service Pack 2
first and by itself.
The Service Pack will take care of most of the updates.
Then install ALL Critical Updates (if any) no more than
3 at a time.
Start/All Programs/Windows Update
Reboot between each group.
After you are finished, you will need to load the
If your computer was shipped with Windows XP, these
procedures may or may not apply.
Check your manual or contact the computer manufacturer
for more details.
Make sure your
Safe and Secure when
you are finished.