install Windows into a new folder/directory

Tom called about installing Windows into a new directory…

For testing, as well as performing a clean installation, my preferred procedure is to:
boot to a diskette or CD…
create a folder called “boot”…
copy all files on the root of the hard drive to it…
rename the “progam file” folder/directory to “oldprog”…
rename the “windows” folder/directory to “oldwin”…
and delete all files on the root of the drive.

The Microsoft website has instructions on how to “Perform a clean install of Windows XP“.

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