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Platinum Edition Using® Microsoft® Windows® XP by Brian Knittel, Robert Cowart

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Performing a Clean Installation

The process to perform a clean installation of Windows XP Professional is easy to carry out and will require 30–90 minutes of time, depending on your particular hardware. The Setup process consists of several steps which fall into two phases: the text-mode phase and the GUI-mode phase.

To perform a clean installation of Windows XP Professional, follow the process outlined here.

NOTE

For more information on customizing an installation using Setup switches, see the section “Using Installation Switches,” later in this chapter.

1.
Power on your computer and insert the Windows XP Professional Setup CD-ROM into the CD drive. If your computer is not capable of booting from the CD drive, you will need to create and use ...

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