Check if your laptop supports to Install Windows XP and it meets the minimum system requirements. Check the system information in the manual or run DirectX Diagnostic on an existing Windows OS.
To start DirectX Diagnostic, press WinKey+R simultaneously, type dxdiag and click the OK option. You will find the Windows XP Product Key printed on a sticker on the software package or located on the laptop itself.
Before you insert the CD, set the laptop to boot from a CD to load the Windows XP setup files before the laptop boots to its installed Operating System. Change the boot order from the BOOT menu in your BIOS.
To enter the BIOS of your laptop, press F9 or DEL. When the laptop starts or notifies, enter Setup. If you are installing Windows XP from a USB drive, check if the USB drive is set as the 1st Boot Device.
Load the installer and once the Boot Order is set, insert the Windows XP CD into the drive and Save and Exit from the BIOS and start to Install Windows XP. The laptop will reboot and a prompt may appear to press any key to boot from CD.
Press any key on the keyboard to start the Setup program. To start the installation, setup will load files that might take a few moments. A Welcome screen might appear once the loading process completes.
You might notice several options, but if you are installing or reinstalling Windows XP, make sure you press the Enter key to start the installation configuration.
Read the License Agreement that provides information about your rights as the consumer. After reading, press the F8 key to agree to the terms. You might notice a list of available partitions on your installed hard drives.
If you are installing Windows XP on a new hard drive, you will notice an entry labeled Unpartitioned space. If you have a previous version of Windows or Linux installed on your laptop, you will potentially have multiple partitions.
The process to Install Windows XP will delete all data on the partition that you choose. Make sure you select a partition that is empty or that contains data that you do not care to lose.
To delete your partitions, press the D key. This will return them to Unpartitioned space and the data available on the partition will be lost when it is deleted.
Create a new partition, select Format the Partition using the NTFS File System and press Enter. Wait until the format completes and also for the Setup files to copy. Let the OS boot normally and customize the settings.
Steps to Fix Common Windows XP Issues
In some cases, users might experience issues when using Install Windows XP that might cause all icons to stop working. You will notice a prompt that indicates an error message when using the icons.
The error message may indicate that the path is not correct. In the case of shortcuts, the icon might no longer work because Windows does not know where the .exe pointed to is located.
Right-clicking the shortcut icon to fix the bug. Locate the Target field. Use Windows Explorer to find the proper folder. If the icons are files, open the file and in the Open with screen that appears, choose the appropriate program.
Select Browse and search for it in Windows Explorer. After finding the right program, select the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file checkbox and click the OK option.
Run a virus scan to check if the OS is infected as the issue can sometimes occur due to a virus that keeps changing the Windows settings without your knowledge.
The exception Code 0xc0000005 might appear when attempting to select, choose or change the properties of a printer. Rather than performing the task, this error halts your progress.
A faulty driver might be the reason for the issue. Open Printers and Faxes, select File and go to Print Server Properties. Locate the Drivers tab, remove the printer driver, restart your laptop and re-install the driver.
If the error still persists, remove the driver again and instead of re-starting, open regedit.exe. Browse the registry for any entries that match the printer’s name you removed. Delete them, restart and re-install the driver.
Messing around in the registry can cause the system to crash if you delete the wrong value. Back up your system before trying it. If the Windows XP Service Pack won’t install, read the Microsoft’s official pre-installation guide.
It provides information about system requirements, previously required updates, updates that can cause trouble and any third-party software you should disable.
If problems persist, Install Windows XP Service Pack 3 through direct download. Reset Windows Update to clear the error. Select Start, go to Run, type “services.msc” and click OK.