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Re new hard drive in lap top, procedure

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I am not a computer expert but want to install a new hard drive in my lap top, the actual replacing of the hard drive is straight forward as it just slides out, but after putting in the new one wht is involved in installing windows XP, do I have to install Dos or anything or do I just install the new drive then my XP disc, I know this might seem a simple request but I do not want to do any thing wrong, I would appreciate a talk through the procedure, I do not want to save anything from my old hard drive , any help would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance
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If the laptop supports booting to the cd, it would just be a matter of putting in the new drive, going into the bios to auto detect the new drive, and change the boot order to boot from the cd first, partiton and format the drive during setup (follow the on screen prompts)
If it doesn't support booting from a cd
then you can either
a.) get the 6 disks to install XP, or
b.) get a w98 bootdisk
from www.bootdisk.com (it will be one file, double click on the file and let it make the boot floppy
boot to the boot disk (the w98)
make note of the drive letter assigned to the cd)
and from the prompt type
x:\i386\winnt
where x: is the letter assigned the cd
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q307848
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Super many thanks.
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Glad to help
Steve
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