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Installing Step 2

Operating System

Introduction

Installing an operating system (namely windows) is a relatively easy task. It involves 'booting' the computer (which means to starting the computer from) the OS DVD which will then guide you through the installation process in a similar way to installing any piece of software.

Before you start you just need to make sure that your first 'boot device' in the BIOS is set to 'CDROM' or 'DVD' so your computer knows to look on the disk before tying to boot from the hard drive.

Explanations

Windows Vista Steps

  • First switch on your PC and immediately place the disk into the optical drive. If you have done it fast enough it will get to a point where it says "press any key to boot from CD". Press a key to enter the setup process. If you miss this moment, just reset your PC using the reset button on the front
  • This will launch the Vista installing process.The first screen that comes up will ask you to set your region and language.
  • Next is your windows key, followed by the license agreement. The next screen asks you whether you would like to do a custom install or an upgrade. As our PC doesn't have a previous version installed to upgrade from it will only allow you to choose "custom install (advanced)".
  • Now you will be presented with a list of the hard drives in your system. This is where you can divide your drives into partitions. A partition is like splitting your drive into two. It will show up in windows as 2 separate drives, for example drive C: and drive D:. If your drives are not listed it mean you need to install the drivers so that windows can 'see' them. To do this, click on 'load driver' and place your motherboard's driver CD into the optical drive and let windows load the drivers. Select the appropriate driver from the list. Your drive(s) should now be listed.
  • Select which partition to install windows onto and press install. The install will now begin. It will display its progress throughout although it will not need any input from you for a little while.
  • Once the install has finished windows will start up and ask you for a user name and password. You do not need to provide a password, although it is recommended. You will then be asked for the name of your computer. This is the name that will show up when connecting to the computer over a network.
  • You will be asked for other settings such as security (We suggest you use the recommended settings) and time zone.
  • Finally windows will do a performance check so that it can give you some numbers which allegedly relate to the performance of your computer, although how much meaning they really have is debatable.
    Congratulations your new PC is now ready to use! All that is left to do is install the hardware drivers.
  • There is a more detailed guide to installing windows Vista here on buildeasypc.com

Windows XP

The process for installing windows XP is very similar to that of windows Vista, with one significant difference. Windows XP can only recieve SATA drivers from a floppy disk. This is done by pressing 'F6' almost immediately after entering the setup process, when the windows prompts you to 'press F6 to install third party SCSI or RAID drivers'

There is a detailed guide to installing windows XP here on buildeasypc.com

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