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Chapter twenty three. Updating Windows > Picking and Choosing Windows Component...

Picking and Choosing Windows Components

There may come an occasion where you go to use a particular aspect of Windows XP, and find that it isn't installed on your system. Windows may ask you to install the missing component automatically, or you may have to manually install these components that weren't part of the default installation.

Back in the old millennium, every new PC came with its own Windows installation CD. Well, that cost money, so Microsoft no longer requires PC manufacturers to supply this to their customers. This means that you now don't have any physical backup copy of the Windows operating system; if your computer crashes and you need to reinstall Windows, you're out of luck. Or are you?


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