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Chapter 8. Setting up Hardware > Installing Plug and Play Devices

Installing Plug and Play Devices

When you buy any hardware made since 1995, chances are that it’s a Plug and Play (or PnP) device, which means that you can install it (plug it in) and use it (play with it) immediately—no configuration needed. To work properly, Plug and Play requires a few things:

  • A Plug and Play-compliant operating system, which XP is.

  • A device that identifies itself to Windows and lets Windows configure it and install its drivers. Look for the “Designed for Windows” logo when you buy.

  • The PC’s system startup software (called the BIOS) must be Plug and Play-compatible. Almost any computer with enough horsepower to run XP has a PnP BIOS.


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