This article was previously published under Q316941

IN THIS TASK
? INTRODUCTION
? Upgrade to Windows XP
? Install Windows XP on a new hard disk
? Install Windows XP in a new folder
? Perform a multiple boot operation

INTRODUCTION
This step-by-step article describes how to install Windows XP.

To review additional information before you install Windows XP, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...US%3bwinxpstart

For additional information about how to install Windows XP Professional, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

286463 Release notes for Windows XP Setup contained in the Pro.txt file

For additional information about how to install Windows XP Home Edition, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

306824 Release notes for Windows XP Setup contained in the Home.txt file

Upgrade to Windows XP
This section describes how to upgrade to Windows XP from Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me), and Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional.

Note Before you start the upgrade process, obtain and install the latest BIOS upgrade for your computer from the computer's manufacturer. If you update the BIOS after you upgrade the computer, you may have to reinstall Windows XP to take advantage of features such as Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) support in the BIOS. Update the firmware in all of your hardware devices before you start the upgrade if you can.

Also, you may want to disconnect from the Internet during the installation. Disconnecting from the Internet during the installation helps protect you from malicious users. You may also want to enable the Microsoft Internet Explorer firewall. For more information, see the "Enable or disable Internet Connection Firewall" topic in Windows XP Help. For additional information about how to prepare Windows 98 or Windows Millennium Edition for an upgrade to Windows XP, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

316639 How to prepare Windows 98 or Windows Me to upgrade to Windows XP

To upgrade to Windows XP:

1. Start your computer, and then insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive.
2. If Windows automatically detects the CD-ROM, click Install Windows to start the Windows XP Setup Wizard.

If Windows does not automatically detect the CD-ROM, click Start, click Run, type the following command, and then click OK:
CD-ROM drive letter:\setup.exe
3. When you are prompted to select an installation type, select Upgrade (the default setting), and then click Next.
4. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the upgrade.

Install Windows XP to a new hard disk
To install Windows XP to a new hard disk, you must start your computer by using one of the following media:

? Microsoft Windows 98/Windows Millennium startup disk
? Windows XP boot disks
? Windows XP CD-ROM

For additional information about how to obtain the Windows XP Setup boot disks, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

310994 How to obtain Windows XP Setup boot disks

Note If you want to start your computer from the Windows XP CD-ROM, your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive must be configured to do this. For information about how to configure your computer to start from the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, see the documentation that is included with your computer or contact the computer manufacturer.

To install Windows XP to a new hard disk:

1. Read the End-User License Agreement, and then press F8.

Note If your Windows XP CD-ROM is an upgrade, you are prompted to insert a CD-ROM of a previous operating system to verify upgrade compliance. Remove the Windows XP CD-ROM, and then insert the CD-ROM from your previous operating system into the CD-ROM drive. You can use the CD-ROM to upgrade from the following versions of Windows:
Windows 98
Windows 98 Second Edition
Windows Millennium Edition
Windows NT 4.0
Windows 2000 Professional
2. When you are prompted for the Windows XP CD-ROM, remove your previous operating system CD-ROM, and then insert your Windows XP CD-ROM.
3. To install Windows XP by starting the computer from the Windows XP CD-ROM, insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer.
4. When you see the "Press any key to boot from CD" message, press any key to start the computer from the Windows XP CD-ROM.
5. At the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER to start Windows XP Setup.
6. Follow the instructions on the screen to select and format a partition where you want to install Windows XP.
7. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Windows XP Setup.

Install Windows XP to a new folder
To install Windows XP to a new folder (also known as a parallel installation), you must start your computer by using one of the following media:

? Microsoft Windows 98/Windows Millennium Edition startup disk
? Windows XP boot disks
? Windows XP CD-ROM

For additional information about how to start Setup from MS-DOS or a Windows 98/Windows Millennium Edition startup disk, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

307848 How to start the Setup program from MS-DOS in Windows XP

For additional information about how to obtain the Windows XP Setup boot disks, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

310994 How to obtain Windows XP Setup boot disks

Note If you want to start your computer from the Windows XP CD-ROM, your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive must be configured to do this. For information about how to configure your computer to start from the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, please refer to the documentation that is included with your computer or contact the computer manufacturer.

To install Windows XP to a new folder (to perform a parallel installation):

1. Start your computer from the Windows XP CD-ROM. To do this, insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, and then restart your computer.
2. When the "Press any key to boot from CD" message appears on the screen, press any key to start the computer from the Windows XP CD-ROM.
3. At the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER to begin Windows XP Setup.
4. Read the End-User License Agreement, and then press F8.
5. Select the partition in which you want to install Windows XP, and then press ENTER.
6. Select the Leave the current file system intact (no changes) option, and then press ENTER to continue.
7. Press ESC to install to a different folder.

If the Setup program detects another operating system folder, it prompts you to type the name for the new folder after the back slash (\), for example, \WINXP. If there are no other operating systems detected, the Setup program automatically names the folder \Windows.
8. Press ENTER to continue.
9. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Windows XP Setup.

For additional information about how to change the folder name on new installations, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

315242 How to designate the original folder name for a reinstallation of Windows XP

Perform a multiple boot operation
For additional information about how to multiple boot Windows XP and other versions of Windows and MS-DOS, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

217210 How to multiple boot Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, and MS-DOS

APPLIES TO
? Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
? Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition