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Part VI: Appendixes > Setup Wizard

A.6. Setup Wizard

Most of the installation procedures described here wind up at the Setup Wizard, which debuts with a Welcome to Microsoft Windows screen. When you click Next, this wizard guides you through the process of:

  • Identifying how you plan to connect to the Internet (dial-up modem, cable modem/ DSL, or network).

  • Entering the settings for your network connection (your IP and DNS numbers).

  • Activating your copy of Windows (Figure A-4).

    Figure A-4. Top: Let's activate Windows! During activation, your PC sends Microsoft a list of 10 internal components of your PC. This, ladies and gentleman, is copy protection. If you ever try to install Windows XP onto a second machine, it will notice that the components aren't identical, and you'll be locked out after 30 days (see Section PREF.5).

    Bottom: If you don't have an Internet connection, you can do this process by telephone, although it's less convenient and takes a lot longer.


  • Registering it (an optional process—if you'd rather not get junk mail, click "No, not at this time").

  • Configuring your Internet connection, if you don't already have one.

  • Setting up names for the first five user accounts (Chapter 17), if they aren't already set up.


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