Practice Installing Windows Using a Simulator

Windows IconFor most computer techs, installing Windows seems pretty straight forward. That’s because, if you are like me, then you have probably done it a thousand times. However, for those just getting into IT, this may not be the case. If you have no experience with installing Windows then you can now familiarize yourself with this process by using the free Windows XP Setup Simulator.

The Windows XP Setup Simulator

The Windows XP Setup Simulator allows you to practice installing Windows as much as you want on any computer. Just simply run the program and you are guided through the setup process just as if you were actually installing Windows on a computer.

Windows XP Setup Simulator Screenshot


The simulator is self-contained so it doesn’t interfere with your current Windows installation in any way. You can also use it to practice your Windows 2003 installations because the process is very similar.

Windows XP Setup Simulator Screenshot


The simulator also comes packaged with a guide that explains every step in the Windows XP setup process.

Windows XP Setup Guide Screenshot


Unfortuantely, there isn’t a Windows Vista or 2008 Setup Simulator available yet that I know of.  For now, you can just follow Installing Windows Vista: A How-To Guide and How to Install Windows 2008 Server Step by Step.

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  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply April 14, 2008

    I have lost count of how many times I have installed Windows OS over the years, and the XP sim is a great idea.
    You can do a similar thing with Mac OS and Linux but you need to have a bit more tech knowledge to do this.

  • DumbDude1994

    Reply Reply April 18, 2009

    do u understand how funny this could be just put this full screen and walk away (only if you have someone in your house or business that knows what it looks like)

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