How to Install Windows XP - Part 1 - Step-by-Step Guide

Buy a Laptop without an OS (Operating System) pre-installed, it will make you save money and not have to pay extra to have the OS installed -  if you are already having a windows XP CD. But now the problem is how to install windows XP? How to create a partition? How to format the hard disk? Please follow these steps:
Step 1:
Turn on your brand new laptop/notebook and then go to BIOS
(When your computer is booting up, look for
"press [key] to enter setup" then press that key. The common keys are Del, F2, Esc, F1. F6)

Step 2:
Look for a setting that says Boot Order, Boot Management, Boot Sequence, or First Boot Device.
Change the boot order CD-ROM or DVD-RW Drive as first boot device > insert Windows XP CD > and then press
F10 to save and exit. Your computer will restart.

 Phoenix BIOS


Press any key to boot from CD...

Press any key to boot from CD


Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver.

If your laptop has SATA AHCI/RAID configuration you need to install third party driver to make Windows XP able to detect the Hard disk, but you will need a floppy disk with the sata/scsi/raid driver or you may try to slipstreaming sata ahci/scsi/raid driver using nlite or simply change sata mode from BIOS to IDE mode
For now let's skip this part and do not press F6.

Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver
Step 5:
Setup will ask to press F2 to run Automated System Recovery (ASR),
Do not press F2...

Setup will ask to press F2 to run Automated System Recovery (ASR)


Please wait...
Setup will load all necessary files...


Welcome to Setup This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft (R) Windows (R) XP to run on your computer.

  • To set up Windows XP now, press ENTER.
  • To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.
  • To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
Press ENTER ...

Windows XP Setup


The following list shows the existing partitions and unpartitioned space on this computer Use the UP and DOWN ARROW keys to select an item in the list.

  • To set Windows XP on the selected item, press ENTER.
  • To create a partition in the unpartitioned space, press C.
  • To delete the selected partition, press D.
Because the hard disk / hard drive is unpartitioned, we will create partitions first.
Press C to create a partition.

Windows XP Setup - Create partition


You asked Setup to create a new partition on 81918 MB Disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on atapi [MBR].

  • To create the new partition, enter a size below and press enter.
  • To go back to the previous screen without creating the partition, press ESC.
The minimum size for the new partition is 8 megabytes (MB). The maximum size for the new partition is 81910 megabytes (MB). Create partition of size (in MB): 81910

81918 ???? What is this?
My hard disk size : 80 GB = ~ 81918 MB
it may different with your hard disk size...

Change 81910 to 20000 to create 20 GB drive C:
And then press ENTER

Windows XP Setup - create partition of size

Windows XP Setup


Select "unpartitioned space" using arrow key, then press C

Windows XP Setup - Select unpartitioned drive

Step 11:
Change the value to 20000 to create 20 GB drive D:

And then press ENTER


Select "Unpartitioned space" again and then press C


We will create drive E, to use all available space, do not change anything
And then press ENTER


The partitions created successfully...
Now select drive C and please continue to part 2