Uninstalling Windows® XP in HP ProBook® 5310m Notebook PC
What are the guidelines for uninstalling Windows XP from HP ProBook 5310m notebooks?
The HP ProBook 5310m is powered by Intel Core 2 Duo P9300 Processor (2.26GHz, 6MB L2 cache, 1066MHz FSB) and comes pre-loaded with Microsoft Genuine Windows 7 Professional (32-bit). Additionally it comes preloaded with a fairly minimal software mix: Roxio Creator Business 10.3, WinZip, Skype, and the ubiquitous trial version of Microsoft Office 2007. You would also get the handy HP System Diagnostics tool and HP ProtectTools suite, which includes utilities for permanently deleting files or wiping the hard drive and protecting your passwords. With the help of the HP QuickLook 2 feature you could access your contacts and calendar without having to boot to Windows. The other remarkable feature is the new QuickWeb button. Press that button when the PC is off, and the HP QuickWeb Browser launches to your home page in about 20 seconds, thus no Windows required. If you wish to uninstall Windows XP in your ProBook 5310m, you could do so with some simple steps.
Here are the important guidelines and instructions for you to uninstall Windows XP in ProBook 5310m:
- Back up your data
- Windows XP uninstallation tool
- Instructions for uninstalling Windows XP
Back up your data
You should always backup the main files in your ProBook 5310m before the uninstallation process. When you uninstall Windows XP, you are going to lose important file extensions, directories and a lot of other organizational and structural details. Thus, make sure to save all your important files and put them into Windows once the uninstallation is complete. You could backup the data on the other hard drive partitions or the external media such as optical drives or hard disk drives.
Windows XP uninstallation tool
Windows XP Professional provides an uninstall tool while upgrading from Windows 98 on a drive formatted as FAT or FAT32. Therefore, when upgrading this type of drive, you would not have the option to upgrade to NTFS, as this would undo the uninstall option. However, you could convert the drive to NTFS after installation if you choose. You could remove the Operating System with the help of the tool.
If you have upgraded to Windows XP from Windows Me or Windows 98, then go to the ‘Add or Remove Programs’ in ‘Control Panel’ applet and click ‘Uninstall Windows XP’. If you want, you could also uninstall Windows XP from the command prompt by performing the following steps: First start the computer in Safe Mode with Command Prompt support by pressing ‘F8’ during start up. Now navigate to “%systemroot%system32” and type “osuninst.exe” and press ‘Enter’. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the procedure.