Uninstall Windows® XP in HP ENVY® 15 series
What are the guidelines to uninstall Windows XP in HP ENVY 15 series?
Previously shipped HP ENVY 15 series was preinstalled with either Windows XP or Windows Vista before the release of Windows 7 operating system. However, users tend to have this undying curiosity to try out new applications and hence the desire of current system users based on Windows XP to upgrade to Windows 7. Unlike Windows Vista, that provides for direct upgrade to the new operating system release, for Windows XP users, they have to remove the program in order to install a fresh copy of Windows 7. Unlike what you may have heard, the process is an easy, do it yourself procedure without the need to visit a computer repair shop.
Save money and valuable time by following the guidelines provided in the article.
- Things to keep in mind
- Guidelines to remove Windows XP
- Issues that may occur during the process
Things to keep in mind
As a rule in information and communication technology, before undertaking any procedure in a system, the first step is to back up all the important data into a removable drive. This is important as the process will erase all data and application files held in the hard disk. Secondly, have the installation disks of all the applications installed in the laptop nearby as you will do a fresh installation. In addition, locate the recovery [device drivers] installation CD or DVD as this will be required to restore the original manufacturer’s factory settings such as sound drivers, Ethernet support program and video graphics drivers amongst others that are needed for smooth running of the PC.
Guidelines to remove Windows XP
To carry out the process smoothly without any errors rising up, reboot the computer and boot up in safe mode to begin the process. To do so, upon initialization, hold down ‘F8’ key until you are presented with boot options. Using the arrow key select boot in safe mode and hit the return key. To remove the system software, open ‘Control Panel’ and double click on ‘Add/ Remove programs’. Lists of all installed applications are displayed in the windows that appear. Select uninstall Windows XP. In the message that appears, click ‘Yes’ to continue. Upon completion, the system will prompt for a restart. Click ‘Yes’ to complete the whole procedure.
In some cases, the option to remove Windows may be unavailable and in such scenario, insert the installation disk of the OS you want to change to and let the system boot from the CD ROM. In the installation menu that appears, select install new operating system. In the process, the hard disk will be formatted allowing for a clean installation.