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Part 4: Appendixes > Installation on a New (Clean) System

A.1. Installation on a New (Clean) System

The Windows XP installation CD is bootable, which means that (assuming your PC supports bootable CDs) you can put it in the drive, turn on your computer, and the installation process will start automatically.

To configure your computer to boot off a CD, you’ll need to use your system’s BIOS setup utility. When you first power on your machine, you’ll see a text screen with a summary of your motherboard, processor, and installed memory. (If you see only a logo, try pressing the Esc or Tab keys.) Here, you typically press F2, Del, or some other key combination to “Enter Setup.” (Refer to your PC’s documentation for specifics.) Once you’ve entered the BIOS setup utility, go to the boot section, and change the “boot device priority” or “boot sequence” so that your CD drive appears before your hard disk. Exit the BIOS setup screen when you’re finished.


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