2. Microsoft Windows XP Installation CD

This procedure will completely wipe your hard disk and install a fresh copy of Windows. You will then need to reinstall all your application programs from their original CDs, and to restore your own files from whatever backup copies you have previously made.

If your Windows CD is an upgrade version (it should say this on the CD) you will need to have a CD from some earlier Windows version available during the installation process.

Reinstalling Windows should be done with your computer disconnected from the network.

To reinstall Windows XP completely:

  1. Start up your machine from the Windows CD. On most modern machines, simply turn off your computer, insert your Windows CD into the CD-Rom drive, and restart your computer. Some computers require you to press a key to boot from a CD - if so, there will normally be an onscreen message to this effect. If the Windows setup does not begin, you may need to change the system's BIOS settings accessed at power up by pressing a particular key. The BIOS "Boot Options" need to be configured to try and boot from a CD.
  2. At the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER to start Windows XP Setup.
  3. Read the End-User License Agreement, and then press F8.
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to select and format a partition where you want to install Windows XP.
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Windows XP Setup. During the setup process, you will have the option of formatting your hard drive; choose that option to erase your damaged/hacked Windows installation, and proceed with the reinstall.
  6. Once Windows has been reinstalled, you should:
    • Install current service packs, preferably from a CD - your local IT staff should be able to povide this. You should not reconnect to the network until this has been done.
    • Reinstall your other programs individually from your original install disks.
    • Restore your own data and document files.

Further information on the Windows reinstall process is available from Microsoft's support web pages.

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