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Windows XP - Install Windows XP Operating System Part 2


Welcome to this Part 2 Windows XP tutorial on how to install Microsoft Windows XP operating systems. This is the graphical stage of windows xp installation and where most of the system settings are chosen.

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  • Yellow arrows or circles indicate where to look or click
  • Unless specified otherwise use the 'left' mouse button to click



Windows XP - Install Windows XP Operating System Part 2


installing windows xp operating system

Now you completed the first DOS stage of Windows XP installation your computer restarts and produces the second stage of setup.

You will see lots of nice graphics and text.

At this point you are just a spectator.

windows xp installation screen GUI interface

Still waiting. 'Why are we waiting, we are ... ' It is loading its bits and bobs.

windows xp installation screen GUI interface

Eventually...... A screen will appear for the regional language and text input settings

If you want to look at these settings and change them here you can do. We have a tutorial that explains how to change these settings once Windows XP is installed.

You will also have a mouse cursor now. Using the mouse click the 'Next' button.

windows xp installation screen GUI interface

The next screen asks you what name and organisation you want to register the Windows XP software to.

You don't need to enter anything in the organisation box.

Click the mouse in the name box and type your name. Once finished, click the 'Next' button.

windows xp installation screen GUI interface

You will be prompted with the product key box.

Do you remember that information we said you'd need? Yeah, you need it now!

Type in your 25 digit Windows XP product key which is located on your computer (top, side or back usually) or on a CD packet or box.

If you don't have the code, Windows XP will not go any further. Once you have entered your code, click the 'Next' button.




windows xp installation screen GUI interface

Hopefully you have got this far. That product key can be tricky, 8 looks like B and VV looks like W. Messy!

Now you are prompted for a computer name. If this is your home computer then it doesn't really matter what you call your computer. You can leave the default name if you prefer.

Whilst we are here though, give it a friendly name like LOUNGE or STUDY.

Click the 'Next' button when you have finished.

windows xp installation screen GUI interface

The next screen is all about date and time settings. You can click the drop down boxes to select the date, time and the time zone as pictured.

Once you have selected the correct time zone, date and time, click the 'Next' button.

Don't worry if you miss any of these settings as we have tutorials that show you how to change these after Windows XP is installed.

windows xp installation screen GUI interface

Now we wait some more whilst Windows XP setups all the settings you just chose.

You can see Microsoft's best guess of how long is remaining. It is just a guess it seems as in Microsoft world 1 minute is like 5 but then all of a sudden with 43 minutes remaining, it's done!

windows xp installation screen GUI interface

Depending upon your computer setup and whether you are plugged into a network you may or may not see this screen.

If you do see this screen just click the 'Next' button with the selection set to 'Typical Settings'.

windows xp installation screen GUI interface

Again depending upon your computer setup and whether you are plugged into a network you may or may not see this screen.

If you do see this screen just click the 'Next' button and accept the defaults that it gives you.

windows xp installation screen GUI interface

You will now see the final stages of this setup procedure. This may take quite a while.

You've probably drank your coffee by now, so go and brew us both one and by time your back you can click the part 3 of Windows XP installation below.



Next tutorial - Install Microsoft Windows XP Part 3


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