Removing Vista and Installing XP Pro

By JsL
Jun 16, 2007
  1. Like the title says, that's what I want to do, so a detailed description on this process would be greatly appreciated.
  2. tomrca

    tomrca TS Rookie Posts: 1,000

    you will need to change the boot order. reboot, on reboot press f2 on/off continuiosely (some pc's f11 for boot order) when accessed, select CD rom as first , place OS cd in rom and reboot. follow on screen instructions. it is possible that you may encounter a message something like, 'you cannot install xp over vista' if you fomat with an xp disc.

    best to print out
    instructions by howard:
    Diconnect from the net and don`t reconnect, until you have your firewall software installed.

    1 Restart your computer and go to setup usually by pressing the F2 or delete key.

    2 Once you get into setup look for the boot menu and make sure you set it to boot from cd first followed by your hard drive.

    3 Put the Windows xp disk into your cd drive.

    4 Now save your settings and exit setup.

    5 While your computer is booting you will see a message that says "press any key to boot from cd" press any key.

    6 When the welcome to setup screen appears press enter and then press F8 to accept the Microsoft licence agreement.

    7 You will be prompted to repair an installation press the escape key.

    8 Now select the partition that you want to reformat and press the D key to delete it you will be asked to confirm that you want to delete the partition.

    9 Now press C to create a brand new partition you will be asked what size you want the partition to be in mega bytes. If you just press enter then the partition will be the maximum size that you can have. This is perfectly ok if you don`t want to create multiple partitions.

    10 You will now be asked to format the partition select the ntfs file sytem and do a full format.

    11 Once the format is complete setup will continue.

    Your computer will restart during the remaining setup again you will be asked to press any key to boot from cd DO NOT PRESS ANYTHING and setup will continue. Once the setup is complete and you are back in Windows remove the Windows cd from your cd drive.

    Install your firewall software and reconnect to the net. Install whatever drivers you need, then run Windows updates.

    Finally, install whatever programmes/software you want.

    Regards Howard
    For virus/spyware problems, please read the Viruses/Spyware/Malware, preliminary removal instructions.
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  3. patphd56

    patphd56 TS Rookie

    Thanks alot I'll see how it goes.
  4. HPCE_Larry

    HPCE_Larry TS Rookie Posts: 132

    On nvidia 680i boards you have to hit ESC to enter the boot menu.
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