**Before installing a new operating system, be sure that you have your data backed up. Installing a new operating system will cause all of your data to be lost.**
Step 1: Insert Your Windows XP Bootable Disk
Step 2: How to Boot From a CD
Now that you are in the boot options menu, you will need to use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move over the choice for an Onboard or USB CD-ROM Drive. Press Enter.
After you have pressed Enter, most Windows XP disks will prompt you to press any key to boot from the CD (As seen in picture 2). When this appears, you will have only a few seconds to press any key on the keyboard. I usually choose the Space-bar because it is the easiest to find and press.
Step 3: Beginning the Process
You will want to press Enter because you are planning on installing Windows XP on your system. If you realize that you have data on your hard drive and need to back it up, now would be the time to press F3 and exit the installation program to back it up.
Step 4: Licensing Agreement and Begin Setup
After pressing F8, you will come to the beginning of the Windows XP setup. On this page, you will want to press the Esc key on the keyboard. This will tell the program not to try and repair the current installation.
Step 5: Deleting the Current Partition
After you click the D key, you will see a screen like the one in the second picture. On this screen you will want to press the L key to confirm the deletion of the partition of the hard drive.
Step 6: Beginning the Install
Step 7: Choosing the Type of Installation
After choosing your method of installation, you will want to press the Enter key to continue to the installation.
Step 8: Allowing Windows XP to Install
Over time, the progress bar will move across the screen, as shown in the second picture where the progress bar is at twenty-five percent. After the Installation has finished placing the file system on your hard drive, you will see the program restart your computer. Do not be alarmed at this. it will boot back up and you will see a screen similar to the third picture on this page.
Step 9: Choosing Your Keyboard Layout, Organization, and Computer Name
The next thing the program will ask for is the name and organization that this install is affiliated with (as seen in the second picture). You will want to fill this in with your information. After filling in the information, you will press the Next button.
When the next screen comes up (as seen in the third picture), you will want to choose the name you want to give to your computer and the password the Administrator of the computer will have. Press the Next button.
Step 10: Choosing Your Time Zone
After choosing the Time Zone you are in, you will need to make sure the time is correct. This can be done by checking the time (as seen in the second picture).
Step 11: Waiting for Installation to Continue
Step 12: Display Settings
After pressing the OK button, you will see another box appear (like the one in the second picture). This box will want you to press the OK button also.
Step 13: Protecting Your Computer and Giving It a User
Now you will see a screen prompting you to protect your PC. You will want to decide if you want Windows XP to have automatic updates on or not. I chose to have the system do automatic updating to save from the hassle of having to be sure the computer's user remembers to update the computer. After making your choice, you will need to press the next button in the bottom right.
Now you will be prompted to give the computer a user. For the purposes of this set of instructions I gave it a user named "MyName", but you can name this user whatever you would like. After giving the computer at least one user (you may want to give it many), you will need to press the next button.
Step 14: Finishing the Installation
This will bring up a screen similar to the second picture on this page.
Now you will see that the computer has logged you in for the first time. You should see a screen like the third picture on this page.
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial on how to install Windows XP Professional!