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Chapter 14. Hardware > The Master Compatibility List

14.1. The Master Compatibility List

Remember that Windows XP is based on Windows 2000. It's compatible with many more pieces of add-on equipment than Windows 2000 is, but nowhere near as broadly compatible as previous "home" versions of Windows (like Windows 98 and Windows Me). For anybody who's switching to Windows XP from an earlier version, discovering that a piece of equipment becomes flaky or nonfunctional is par for the course.

If you'd like to eliminate every glitch and every shred of troubleshooting inconvenience, limit your add-on gear to products on Microsoft's Hardware Compatibility List (HCL), which appears at www.microsoft.com/hcl . Each item on this list has been tested and certified to work flawlessly with Windows XP.


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