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How to resurrect your Windows XP – Computer Tech Reinstallation Method - PT2

Updated on October 13, 2014

Setting up automatic updates is needed to allow your new XP to become stable, and fully functional, since all updates were erased

Drivers and Service packs

Step 2 – Re-installation Process

  • This second major part is something extremely easy to do but needs to be done in a specific sequence for your operating system to work properly again.
  • Wait for the Win XP installation disk to deliver you to a few screens to interact with (Meaning don't remove the disk yet, until all the installation screens are completed), and input info, it shall ask you things like the computer name, date and time, pretty much stuff like that.
  • After satisfying all the onscreen prompts and conditions, then proceed to follow the next click arrows, or what have you to move it forward to the next screens, many of them will be loading screens, so take another break, get some air and a glass of water.
  • Once your windows operating system is completely reinstalled you’re partially there maybe a few hours away, you will have about 2 hours or more to complete the driver installations steps, procedures and other Windows files needed, and only after you’ve accurately registered the product key with the Windows network, after managing to get the internet working again.
  • This is where you will either need a flash drive, external hard drive with USB cable to connect, or a writable CD, preferably a blank one.
  • Any of these storage mechanisms will help you to transfer the network driver file, you’ll need to get your computer system to recognize the internet hardware that you have, so that it can connect to the internet, and or detect an internet connection.
  • After erasing a hard drives partition, if removes everything, including all drivers that are essential to the basic computing capabilities, such as Internet, Audio Sound System, PCI Controllers, Video Controller, and potentially others.
  • So you will need to locate these missing drivers, using your computers manufacture’s support website online, and by using another computer to do so
  • You may also be able to get the files using a smart phone, but be advised the file size needed to load onto your phone, make sure it has ample enough memory storage capacity to accept the full download of the Network Driver before attempting to make such a file transfer.
  • Make sure to set-up all Microsoft updates to automatic for the time you'll be using, and updating the PC's operating system hardware drivers, and software drivers. (Video Below)



  • Once you’ve located your computer’s manufacturer’s website, go to the support downloads section, if not there already, and using your particular computer systems product info on there, you shall be lead to a screen that provides the driver downloads, this is where you will need to select from a list of downloads which drivers you will need.
  • Start with the Network Driver first, and once you get it, actually download all of them if you’re not sure which one to choose, and select.
  • A good idea would also be to download Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome web browsers, you will be needing them in the future, to be installed onto your XP operating system you just reinstalled, mainly since the Windows Explorer (web browser) may crash after getting online, due to it being so outdated.
  • After downloading it to your web browser’s download area, transfer the file from your desktop after its done downloading to the storage mechanism you chose earlier to make such a file transfer.
  • This will allow you to move this Network Driver onto your newly formatted Windows XP computer, and all you need to do is connect it, and make the file transfer, by accessing the storage CD, External Hard Drive, Smart phone, or USB Drive it’s on using My Computer, after making full connection.
  • Once you’ve successfully made connection, now you want to locate that downloaded Network Driver file, and download it, simply by double clicking it.
  • Once you get through the screens that require you to accept the terms, and all the click next prompts, you should notice that the PC should soon begin to recognize the new Driver.
  • Now you should be able to get on the internet, but don’t get to happy yet, hold your horses you still not out the woods.
  • You will now need to verify your product key, using that cool looking Key Icon, towards the far bottom right of the Desktop, which is the Windows XP Product Key certification prompt.
  • This step is generally simple, and only requires you to follow the screen prompts until you are able to place your computers product key into it, and once done accurately the Key Icon, will be removed from your Windows desktop, and no longer will it haunt you.


The Microsoft website has all the service pack you'll need (Use It)

Step -3 Upgrading XP – Windows Updates and Service Packs


Your new Windows XP desktop even though it looks fully functional, actually has a long way to go, and will require you to locate the Microsoft Windows updates and service pack location on their website. From there you will need immediately the windows service packs, this is mandatory, and isn’t an option.

If you try to bypass this step your Operating system will be missing very important components, and may suffer from a hard drive failure at any time thereafter, since many of the Windows updates are meant to handle any vulnerabilities, as patches to system errors, web browser issues, and so many other faulty issues, caused by many viruses that have been already defeated by many of these patches.

  • First locate the Microsoft Service Pack download area, from
  • All of this should be done on your new XP re-installation, but can also be done on a separate computer prior to the Network Driver being installed.
  • If you do choose to do such a thing, make sure to save all the set-up files on a USB Drive, or External Hard Drive, so if this occurs again, you will save precious time, and also can help your friends, family members, or even can use them as a computer repair tech for Windows XP’s in the future.
  • After getting to the service pack area, look for old service packs, and download SP2, now some Windows XP installation disks may already have installed this file, so if that’s the case then proceed to look for SP3, and down load that one as well.
  • Once you’ve successfully downloaded both service packs, now install them one by one, and in sequential order, but one at a time though, allow for the service pack 2 (SP2) to completely install itself, then restart the computer, and then install service pack 3 completely as well (SP3).
  • Restart the computer again, and now this time you will be needing to upgrade Windows Explorer 8, which may have been an option provided to you during the download process of SP3, and so download it and install it the same way, and once its downloaded, restart the computer as well.
  • Now all of this may not have been possible earlier on Windows Explorer oldest web browser, so if that’s the case you might want to try and download Mozilla Firefox, and Google’s Chrome web browsers, on another computer. (Stated earlier in this article)


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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Thank @Kittyjj, I'm glad you felt this hub was worth giving a try, and it was of help to you in some way.

      I did my best with it all, I may do a bit more editing to it as time goes along, and or revisions for sure.

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      Ann Leung 

      6 years ago from San Jose, California

      I love this step by step instructional hub. It is very easy to follow. The video is very helpful. Perfect for someone like me who know very little about computer. Voted up and useful!


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