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Adding Hardware

One of the tasks that is most common for anyone responsible for configuring and maintaining PCs is adding and removing hardware. The Control Panel contains an applet designed for that purpose; it’s called the Add Hardware applet. You can use it in cases in which the operating system doesn’t automatically recognize that you’ve swiped something or added something new, whether it’s a peripheral such as a printer or an internal device such as a DVD-ROM, additional hard disk, or whatever.

If you’re a hardware maven, you’ll be visiting this applet a lot, especially if you’re working with non–Plug and Play hardware. Plug and Play hardware installation is pretty much a no-brainer because Windows XP Home Edition is good at detection and should install items fairly automatically, along with any necessary device drivers that tell Windows how to access the new hardware.


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