Install Windows XP On PC Step By Step Guide

Windows XP is one of the most popular operating systems ever published by Microsoft. In fact, Windows XP was one of the biggest accomplishments back in the day. Many people still use this operating system after almost 2 decades of passing by.

If you are one of those guys that really want to experience the good old Windows XP or you simply have a computer that does not support Windows 10, 8, 7, or even Vista today then you can use this guide to simply install Windows XP on your PC.

This guide aims to help you guys install Windows XP pretty easily and covers everything step by step so you don’t face any problems installing Windows XP. if you still manage to bump into a problem you can write to us in the comment section below and we will help you with it right away.

One thing to keep in mind is that Windows XP was discontinued by Microsoft years ago and will not receive any further updates which can lead to potential security issues on the operating system. Of course, we would recommend using newer versions of Windows like Windows 8 and 10 but if you prefer to install Windows XP, then this guide is for you. Everything about Windows XP is mentioned below from booting into Windows XP installer CD/DVD or a Flash drive all the way up to the Windows XP desktop setup.

Although if you want to install Windows XP we would also recommend using Virtualization software including VMware Workstation/Player, Hyper-V, and Virtual Box. We also have the complete guide to all of them where you can install Windows XP as a Virtual Machine. Do check them as well if you need to do so the links are given down below:

Complete Step By Step Guide To Install Windows XP

If you have an old system and it is not possible to install Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10 on it, or for any reason, you want to install this operating system, In this article, we have prepared a tutorial on installing Windows XP in a completely illustrated and visual way for you.

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Before we begin the installation of Windows XP, it is necessary to have a Windows XP installation disc or ISO image file.

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Step 1: Navigate to BIOS setting

Restart your system before listing to the beep sound and booting configurations, press the DEL or (DELETE) key on your keyboard a few times (in some laptops you have to press F2, in some motherboards you have to press F12). although, In most cases, you enter the motherboard’s BIOS screen by tapping the DEL key on the keyboard.

The image below is taken from the BIOS settings Page.

BIOS Setting

Step 2: Navigate to Boot Setting

Well, Following the picture below, click on the Boot tab (This section is different on different motherboards), then select Boot Device Priority and press the Enter key.

Boot Order

Step 3: Select Your Boot Device

Now select 1st Boot Device as shown below. To boot through, you must select the CD/DVD-ROM drive. To boot from the flash drive, you must select USB FLASH Drive or select the name of your flash drive (Point to be booted via booting through a flash drive is that your flash drive must be connected to the computer before booting and your motherboard must support this feature) otherwise it won’t work.

Step 4: Confirm the Boot Device

Well now that you have set the 1st boot device to your CD/DVD-ROM or flash drive depending on your choice, to save the changes now click F10 on your keyboard and then press ENTER for Yes or OK to save the settings, it’s over now You are ready to install Windows.

After selecting the CD/DVD, select save

Step 5: Windows XP Installation Process

Figure 1: Insert the Windows CD into the CD-ROM, if you have given the boot to CD/DVD according to the above tutorial, then press the ENTER key on the keyboard.

Figure 2: Press the F8 key on the keyboard

Figure 3: Please note that in this tutorial we have taught you how to install on a raw hard disk without having a partition, so if you have a hard disk with a partition, do not follow steps 3, 4, and 5 and simply skip them. Just select the drive where you want to install Windows and select the key. Press F on the keyboard and then follow the rest of the tutorial from step 6 onwards. So if you have a raw hard disk and no partitioning, like the picture below, you should see that you have to select your hard disk using the arrow keys and pressing the C key.

Windows XP Partition

Figure 4: Determine the volume of the hard disk you want to specify to install Windows (where marked with an arrow), then press ENTER.

Drive Size windows XP

Figure 5: Now select the drive that you want Windows to install on, because we already have a drive and our partition has a specified driver letter, you select drive C (you can select any partition you like), after selecting Enter Press the keyboard.

Confirm the Drive

Figure 6: Now you need to select the drive format on the next screen, select NTFS quick as shown below, and press the Enter key on the keyboard.

NTFS Quick Format

Figure 7: Now, as shown in the image below, the process of formatting the selected drive starts, there is no need to do anything, this step is done automatically.

Formatting the Drive

Figure 8: After the above step, the Windows XP installation process will start, you still don’t need to do anything, after doing this step, your system will restart once.

Figure 9: After restarting the system, the full Windows XP installation process will start again and you will see the following image. To find out how much is left of the Windows XP installation, look at the graph on the bottom left.

Finalizing Installation

Figure 10: Now there is a section for entering the Windows XP series, but in some Windows provided the country you’re in, this step is done automatically and there is no need to do this, otherwise you have to download the Windows series, which is mostly with all purchased CDs. Enter the Product Key section, and click Next.

Regional and Language

Figure 11: After this step, you need to select a name for your system in the Computer Name field, and you can also set a password for your Windows and click Next.

Computer Name and Password

Figure 12: By viewing the image below, you should select your time zone, and click Next.

Date and Time

Figure 13: After going through the above step, after a while, the network settings will appear for you, you must select the first option (typical Settings) and click Next.

Figure 14: Now you have to wait for the installation process to complete, the photo below is taken in a step that is 1 minute away from the installation completion.

Completing Installation

Well, your Windows has been successfully installed. After restarting your Computer, The newly installed Windows XP will be unveiled.

Windows XP System Properties

Final Notice:

The above-mentioned tutorial explains the complete procedures of installing Windows XP on your good old computer. We have included every piece of information that you need to install Windows XP. Although we still don’t recommend using Windows XP in 2020 as it has been far discontinued. Meaning you might face multiple security issues within the operating system. You can also install it using Virtualization software if you want to use an old application or something which is not compatible with the new Operating systems. And instead, we would recommend using Windows 10 which is the latest operating system published by Microsoft.

If you still face some types of problems regarding the installation of Windows XP, please let us know in the comments below and we will make sure it is solved.

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