If you're upgrading to Windows XP from a previous version of Windows, this appendix describes how to prepare and install Windows XP. The temptation is to insert the Windows XP CD and start the installation, but you can avoid problems by making sure your computer is ready for Windows XP. Before you install Windows XP, you need to check your computer hardware and software and make several setup decisions that relate to your computer. The Windows XP Setup Wizard walks you through the installation process.
If you purchased a new computer that came with Windows XP already installed on it, you can use the Transfer Files And Setting Wizard to transfer the files and customized settings from your old computer to your new one.