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Part VIII: Appendixes > Issues to Address Before Installation

Issues to Address Before Installation

How many times has this happened to you? You acquire new software, open the package, and scan the instructions for installation advice and any other document that looks important. Then you start the installation process, and you find about halfway through that the decision the installation program asked you to make on one of the first few screens was wrong. Now you have no way of changing it—short of reinstalling. You'd like to be humble and think that you should have understood the consequences of your decision, but, really, we both know the documentation and on-screen instructions should have done a better job of informing you of the impact and result of your decision. This section is designed to help you avoid this type of problem; you'll learn all the issues to consider before starting installation of Windows NT Workstation.

Hardware Requirements

There are two sets of information you should consider in order to understand whether your hardware will work with Windows NT Workstation. The first is the Hardware Compatibility List (HCL). This document shows by type of hardware what equipment is compatible with Windows NT. The list is updated on a regular basis, certainly with every release of the software. You can usually find updates to the information in the HCL on one of the online information services, such as CompuServe or Microsoft's World Wide Web site. Check the HCL to see that every major component of your system is listed, such as the processor, hard drive, modem, tape drive, and so on. If one of your components is not listed, contact either Microsoft or the manufacturer to see if an updated driver is available.


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