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Chapter 21. Configuring Hardware > How Windows 98 Works with Hardware

How Windows 98 Works with Hardware

Windows 98 doesn't radically change the way things were handled under Windows 95, but it does include some useful new tools and tweaks. At the center of all hardware, however, is Windows 98 Plug and Play (PnP) technology, the combination of software and hardware that allows the operating system to automatically manage devices.

For PnP to work, your peripherals, system BIOS, and the Windows 98 operating system (see what these terms mean below) must all incorporate PnP technology. When Windows 98 starts, the operating system and the PC go through a series of steps to establish configurations, arbitrate conflicts, and record changes.


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