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Chapter six. Adding New Hardware > Working with Hardware Profiles

Working with Hardware Profiles

After you get all the hardware and peripherals on your system set up and ready to go, you should be set, right? That might be true if your PC is a desktop model, but if you have a laptop that you use both at work and at home, you're faced with a new problem. You can configure your laptop for all the peripherals you use at work, but what do you do when you bring the computer home? Now you have to hook it up to a completely different set of peripherals, which can be a royal pain to reconfigure.

Fortunately for laptop users, Windows XP lets you create multiple hardware profiles for your PC, each with a different configuration, for the changing equipment you use. A laptop used with and without a docking bay is a prime system for creating additional profiles—one profile for docked operation, and a second for undocked mode.


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