Uninstalling Windows XP

by on January 12, 2008

Q: I have Windows XP installed on my desktop computer. My silly husband unwittingly tried to install the same XP CD on the laptop. Now, when I try to use my laptop, I get a message saying that the trial version has expired and that I need to activate XP before I can go any further. I tried calling Microsoft about this and they were of no help as the rep barely spoke any English to begin with. So, how do I uninstall XP from this laptop without having to activate it, as it’s already activated on my desktop PC?

A: To remove Windows XP, follow these steps:

1. Restart your computer in Safe mode. To do this, press the F8 key while Windows is starting.
2. Log on with an account that has administrative credentials.
3. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Add or Remove Programs.
4. In the list of installed programs, double-click Uninstall Windows XP.

Note If Uninstall Windows XP is not in the list of installed programs, you must manually reinstall Windows 98 or Windows Millennium Edition. In this case, make sure that you back up all your critical data before you reinstall Windows 98 or Windows Millennium Edition.

5. When you receive the following message, click Yes to start the Windows XP removal:
Are you sure you want to uninstall Windows XP and restore your previous operating system?
6. After Windows XP is removed, your computer restarts to the previously-installed operating system.

I hope this helps.