Uninstall Windows® XP in the HP Compaq® 8100 Elite
The decision to uninstall Windows XP from the HP Compaq 8100 Elite Convertible Minitower PC may be reached due to many reasons despite the machine’s features and capabilities. You may do it if you need to do a clean install of one of the latest operating systems, a clean install of another Windows XP edition, or simply to roll back to an earlier installed operating system or for any other reason. All these possible decisions to uninstall Windows XP in the HP Compaq 8100 Elite must be carefully thought out to avoid problems. Important considerations have to be made to protect data by all possible means.
To gain a better understanding of how to uninstall Windows XP from the HP Compaq 8100 Elite, it is important to look at the following points:
- Things to do before you uninstall Windows XP
- The guidelines to follow to uninstall Windows XP
- Things to keep in mind while uninstalling Windows XP
Things to do before you uninstall Windows XP
Before uninstalling Windows XP from your HP Compaq 8100 Elite, backing up all your important applications and data to a safe location such as an external hard drive or CDs or DVDs, is the first most important thing to do. In case you need to install Windows XP again or in future, you will also need to backup the various system devices drivers. This can be done by copying the drivers folder found inside the drive partition where Windows is currently installed.
The guidelines to follow to uninstall Windows XP
The easiest way to uninstall Windows XP if ready your PC for a clean installation and load the CD containing the other operating system that you want to install. After that, you will restart your computer then, initially at startup choose to boot from the CD. While preparing to install the new operating system, you will format the partition that contained Windows XP. It will be completely removed as your HP Compaq 8100 Elite is prepared for the next installation. If you want to roll back to an earlier operating system, you can simply choose to uninstall Windows XP from the Add or Remove programs option in the Control Panel. The system will uninstall Windows XP then restart to load the earlier operating system.
This success will depend on the state that your system was in previously. For instance, if a system that had been infected by viruses that damaged most of the system files, it may not successfully be able to uninstall or roll back to an earlier operating system. The system formatting options will work depending on the state of the hard drive.