Installing Windows XP

Formatting and Backing Up

Here is a checklist.

  • BackUp your emails.
  • Your desktop items
  • Your favourites
  • Work Files / My Documents / My Received Files

Partitioning always comes in handy as when you format, you can choose to only format your local c: drive. A single harddisk can be partitioned so it holds c: , d: or more drives. I’d always keep my documents in another drive eg d: as if anything happens to the Operating System (Windows), it doesn’t damage my data files.

Install XP from a Dell Disk (Original)

You can install windows XP with a spare dell disk. Please ensure you have a valid product key (which is found on the side of your desktop machine or under your laptop). The product key looks like xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx (with alpha numerics).

You can install windows XP on any brand of laptop or pcs using a dell XP CD. Just go thru normal installation and after installation, it will prompt you for activation.

At this point, click on activate using phone, then a button “change product key” will appear. You may use the original product key here. Then click back and activate online. Now your XP is authentic and original.


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