Uninstall Windows® XP from HP Pavilion® p6300z CTO Desktop PC
Need to uninstall Windows® XP from HP Pavilion p6300z CTO Desktop PC?
For users whose systems are based on Windows XP for one reason or the other such as change in organizational policies and user requirements might want to switch to different operating system software, i.e. Linux, Windows Vista, or Windows 7. In such cases, uninstalling the operating system becomes the appropriate choice in order not to have traces of the previous system software.
The article discusses guidelines to uninstall Windows XP from HP Pavilion p6300z CTO Desktop PC and things to keep in mind while doing so.
- What to keep in mind
- How to remove Windows XP
- Issues that might occur during the process
What to keep in mind
To avoid losing your personal data i.e. mp3, images and application files it is important to backup all your data into a removable storage media and not in a different partition of the same hard disk just in case something goes off script resulting in data loss. All of the currently installed applications, e.g. office, anti viruses and divers will also be removed in the process. Have all the installation disks in place so as to rebuild the system back to its original default configuration. In the recent years, the vendor does not provide a recovery CD that includes the data as part of a hidden hard disk partition. Backup the contents of the hard disk recovery partition to either CDs or DVDs as these will be needed to restore the factory settings.
How to remove Windows XP
To perform the process in a safe environment, restart the computer in safe mode. To start in safe mode, during booting hold the ‘F8’ key until the booting options are displayed on the screen. Using the arrow key, select the option to start the system in safe mode and log in to the PC as a system administrator. In the ‘Control Panel’ double-click on ‘Add/Remove’ program option. In the new screen that appears select from the list uninstall Windows XP. The message “Are you sure you want to uninstall Windows XP and restore your previous operating system?” pops up. Click ‘YES’ to continue the process. Upon completion, the system will need to reboot in order for the effects to take place.
With the removal of the operating system, there is no guarantee that the device drivers provided by the manufacturer will work with the newly installed system software. It is important that you look up the web for supporting drivers for the installed OS to avoid conflicts from occurring.