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Chapter 12. Configuring Hardware and Dev... > Managing Legacy (Non-Plug and Play) ...

Managing Legacy (Non-Plug and Play) Hardware

Managing so-called "legacy" hardware, which lacks support for Plug-and-Play configuration, hardware is more complicated than managing PnP devices. These older devices lack the capability to be dynamically configured by Windows Me, and they can be difficult to detect during setup. In addition, PnP device installations must be capable of working around older devices that already exist in the system.

Because of the large number of older, non-PnP devices in the market, the Windows Me Plug and Play capability is designed to work with them. Windows Me includes a large database of hardware devices that provides information on the preferred settings for hundreds of such devices.


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