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Windows Questions and Answers - How to Install Your Operating System
Mesfin writes in with a Windows question:
Question:How do we install the operating system?
Answer: It depends if you are doing an upgrade or a clean installation and whether or not you want to format your hard drive.
If you are doing an upgrade you can put the CD in the drive and when it auto plays just follow the prompts to do the installation. Just make sure to pick upgrade for the installation type.
If you are doing a fresh/clean installation you can boot from the CD and start the setup program. Make sure you computer is set to boot from the CDROM before the hard drive.
Follow the prompts and the only thing you will have to be concerned about is where you are going to install Windows and what you are going to do with the hard drive. If you already have files on there and want to repair your current Windows installation you can do a repair installation. This will keep your programs and files intact and reinstall Windows to fix any problems.
If not you can format your hard drive when it asks to wipe everything out and start clean. Or if its a blank hard drive you will have to format it to make it usable. Keep in mind that formatting will erase everything on it. If it is already formatted then you can leave it as is if you like. But if you already have a copy of Windows on it then it could cause problems if you don't install it correctly. I would format it if you don't need to worry about any data being erased. I also recommend using the NTFS file system when it asks.
After it formats and copies the necessary files it will take you through the graphical portion of setup where you will enter information such as your name and product key. You can basically accept the defaults for all the selections.
When its finished you will have to make sure that all your hardware has working drivers for it. Go into Device Manager and look for problems.
If your computer is working now I would go into Device Manager before the installation and make a note of what hardware you have. You only really need to worry about display adapter, modem, network adapter and sound card. This way if you have to look for drivers online for your computer you will know what to search for.
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