How To Install Windows XP Home Edition – Part 1

In this guide you will learn… 

• How to install Windows XP Home Edition. 

Real world application… 

• An Operating System is required to make any use of your computer and is one of the most essential parts of the home computer. Installing Windows XP Home Edition allows you to make use of your computer and allows you to control the working of your computer. 


Installing Windows XP Home Edition is relatively easy and for most of the install you will not have to do anything. When you are required to assist in the installation, all that is required of you is to choose language, regional variations, time zone, computer name, network components and entering the all important product key. This guide is split into five parts due to the fact that I’ve added all the installation process, this will mean all images and the majority of the guide is just images of the install that require no input from you. So do not worry in fact you’ll be surprised at how little input is required. Also anything that you input, for example your time zone can be changed later on when Windows XP Home Edition has installed so if you make a mistake then do not worry as it can be changed.


• Windows XP Home Edition Installation Disk [Pre Service Pack 1, Service Pack 1 and Service Pack 2 Installations are covered]
• Windows Product Key

Windows XP Installation Disk 

• Place the disk in your CD/DVD ROM drive. 

This guide will assume that you will be installing Windows XP Home Edition from the CD/DVD drive and therefore a floppy boot install will not be covered. As we’re going to be installing from a CD we will first need to set the computer to boot from the CD/DVD drive.

Please see the How To Boot From The CD/DVD Drive guide on how to go about this.

The following is how to install Windows XP Home Edition…
When you boot from the CD you will have to to Press any key to boot from CD.

Now your computer’s hardware configuration will be inspected.

The Windows Setup will now load all files that are needed.

>Now as we are installing Windows XP Home Edition for the first time Press ENTER.

Now you will have to accept a License Agreement to use Windows XP, so press F8 to Accept.

Now you can select to install Windows XP or you can partition your hard drive.

Press C to partition or press ENTER to start the install. But lets have a look on how to partition your hard drive [by pressing C].

Enter your partition size in MB and press ENTER, this will then create your partition.

You should now see your newly created partition. You can choose to install Windows XP to the partition you just created, by selecting the partition and to begin the install press ENTER.

If you want to continue creating partitions choose Unpartitioned Space and press C.

For a guide on choosing the file system system please take a look at NTFS vs FAT.

You may also like to take a look at the Differences between a Quick format and a regular format during a “clean” installation of Windows XP. If you decide to choose the FAT file system you can actually convert to the NTFS file system later on. However if you choose the NTFS file system you cannot then convert this to the FAT file system.

Select the file system you want to use and press ENTER.

The partition where you’re installing Windows XP will now have to be formatted and the time this takes will depend upon the type of formatting that you selected.

Now files should be copied to the Windows XP installation folders.

Your computer will now be restarted in 15 seconds.

However by pressing ENTER you can force a restart.