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Chapter 2.3. Configuring Devices and Sys... > Installing and Configuring Device Dr...

Installing and Configuring Device Drivers

Before you can use a hardware device in Windows 2000 (such as a network card, disk controller, or input device), you need to install a device driver for it. A device driver is software that provides the necessary interface between application programs and the physical hardware itself. For example, if you install a new network interface adapter in your server, you also have to install the appropriate device driver so that Windows 2000 knows how to communicate with the adapter.

The Registry settings for devices are part of the computer's hardware profile. You can have multiple hardware profiles that load different device drivers and services. See Hardware Profiles later in this chapter.


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