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How to Restore XP From Install Disks

    • 1). Back up any files you don't want deleted during the restore process. Unless you save your data to another folder on your computer, most of your files are saved to the "My Documents" folder. You can copy the entire folder to an external hard drive, writable disc or USB flash drive. Also backup any saved game files, pictures and music that you don't want to lose.

    • 2). Insert the manufacturer's Window XP disc into the disc drive of your computer. Click the Windows "Start" menu, "Shut down" and select "Restart." A screen will appear upon restart and ask you to press any key to boot from disc. Press any key. The Windows XP setup screen will appear.

    • 3). Select which restore method you wish to use. Depending on your computer's manufacturer and model, you may only have one choice: a full restore, which deletes everything on your hard drive and restores the computer back to factory settings. Other computers may have a "Partial" restore option, which restores the computer's drives and main settings back to factory settings, but keeps your documents and programs. A full restore will fix any problems you have with the computer, as long as they are not related to internal computer damage. Some problems, such as a corrupt Windows file, may linger if you only select "Partial reinstall."

    • 4). Follow the setup screen instructions, which will require you to click "Next" several times to advance through the installation, agree to the terms and conditions, select a name for your computer, configure your Internet settings and configure Windows update to automatically search, download and install updates. You can elect to configure your Internet settings later if you wish. Click "Finish" when prompted and the Windows XP desktop will appear.

    • 5). Configure your Internet settings if you did not do so during the installation. Click the Windows "Start" menu, "Control Panel" and "My Network Places." You can add a wired or wireless connection. If you connect via a router, then Windows should automatically install the router and network once it is plugged into the computer.

    • 6). Visit your computer manufacturer's website. Enter the model number of your computer and download all available drivers, such as video card, sound card and motherboard drivers. Outdated drivers will cause stability issues with new Windows updates and new programs that you install.

    • 7). Install any anti-virus programs that you previously had. A new computer is clean and runs fast, but that can all change if you don't have an anti-virus program protecting your system.

    • 8). Transfer any data you copied, such as the "My Documents" folder.

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