1. Insert the Windows XP CD into your computer and restart your computer.
2. If prompted to start from the CD, press ENTER. If you miss the prompt (it only appears for a few seconds), restart your computer to try again.
3. Windows XP Setup begins. During this portion of setup, your mouse will not work, so you must use the keyboard. On the Welcome to Setup page, press ENTER.
4. On the Windows XP Licensing Agreement page, read the licensing agreement. Press the PAGE DOWN key to scroll to the bottom of the agreement. Then press F8
5. This page enables you to select the hard disk drive on which Windows XP will be installed. Once you complete this step, all data on your hard disk drive will be removed and cannot be recovered. It is extremely important that you have a recent backup copy of your files before continuing. When you have a backup copy, press D, and then press L when prompted. This deletes your existing data.
Press ENTER to select Partitioned space, which appears by default.
6. Press ENTER again to select Format the partition using the NTFS file system, which appears by default.
7. Windows XP erases your hard disk drive using a process called formatting and then copies the setup files. You can leave your computer and return in 20 to 30 minutes.
8. Windows XP restarts and then continues with the installation process. From this point forward, you can use your mouse. Eventually, the Regional and Language Options page appears.
9. Click Next to accept the default settings. If you are multilingual or prefer a language other than English, you can change language settings after setup is complete.