How to Uninstall Windows XP

How to Uninstall Windows XP. Although it is uncommon, some computers lack the power to run Windows XP. Others contain hardware additions that are not compatible. If that happens, all kinds of errors can occur. In such a case, you can either upgrade your computer or uninstall Windows XP, reverting to an older operating system. It's a time consuming process, but can be done with very few complications.

Uninstall Windows XP

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Set your computer to start in safe mode and restart it. You can also simply start your computer and press the "F8" key while it begins to load. You will be able to access safe mode from the startup utilities.

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Be sure to sign into the computer with an account that has administrator privileges. Only the system administrator has the authority to uninstall Windows XP.

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Click "Start" to access the Start menu.

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Click on the "Control Panel" icon.

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Double-click the "Add or Remove Programs" application. This will load a list of programs that you can choose to uninstall.

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Select "Uninstall Windows XP" from the Add/Remove list. This will begin the uninstallation process.

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Reinstall an older version of Windows or the newer Windows XP if the "Uninstall Windows XP" link is not present in the Add/Remove list.

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Note that you need to backup files, as the Windows installation disc will not necessarily be able to detect the files you wish to keep.