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Part IV: Appendixes > Installing Windows XP

Appendix A. Installing Windows XP

Some of you will be fortunate enough to never have to endure the installation of an operating system. After all, a large number of Windows XP users will obtain the OS preinstalled on new PCs. Others, however, may be confronted with one of the scenarios listed in this appendix.

Windows XP can be installed from within Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows Me, and Windows 9x.[1] It can be installed from DOS, or even on a system with no operating system. The procedure is somewhat different in each of these scenarios, as are the programs that are used and the components of Windows that end up being installed. The following sections outline the steps required to install Windows XP in each of these scenarios. Refer also to Appendix B for additional issues that may complicate the process.

[1] If you have the upgrade version of Windows XP Home, you can install only from Windows 98, Windows 98 SE, or Windows Me. If you have the upgrade version of Windows XP Professional, you can install only from Windows 98, Windows 98 SE, Windows Me, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000 Professional, or Windows XP Home Edition.


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