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1. Getting Started with Windows XP > 1.4. Installing Windows XP

Installing Windows XP

Installing an operating system is not an especially pleasant activity for most Windows users. Depending on your hardware, just booting up the setup CD can be a headache. Then you have to type that ridiculous 25-digit CD key and then make a bunch of choices about your network (all of which really could be made after setup, by the way). You then must sit and wait . . . and wait . . . for Windows to copy some two thousand files to your hard disk and then go through the excruciating process of “configuring” your computer. When it finally boots — assuming it even makes it this far — you then have the unenviable task of having to download and install more than a hundred megabytes worth of upd....


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