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Add Hardware

The Add Hardware applet is used to install new devices as well as troubleshoot hardware-related problems. The ability to disable or remove a hardware devices has been relegated to the Device Manager (see the System applet later this chapter).

In general, Windows XP detects new hardware during bootup. If drivers are not located automatically (typically only for non-Plug-and-Play devices), you’ll be prompted for a location to search (such as floppy, CD, or the Windows Update site). Once drivers are located, they are installed and the device is activated. In some cases, you’ll be prompted to reboot the system for the new hardware to be fully functional. Sorry, even under Windows XP hardware level device drivers often require a reboot. Think of it as changing a rung on the ladder you are climbing; it’s always a good idea to step off of it while the repair is being made.


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