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Background

There is a little known rule called the five P's that goes like this: Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance. Keep this rule in mind as you read this chapter. Before undertaking the installation of Windows XP Professional, there are several factors that you need to consider regardless of the scope and size of the deployment. Whether you are rolling out 5,000 copies of Windows XP Professional to an entire organization using sophisticated deployment methods such as ghosting or Remote Installation, or simply installing it on your home computer, the same things still require your attention before the installation process begins.

In this chapter, we will be spending our time looking at each of the following items in more depth, getting a feel for how they affect an installation of Windows XP Professional and how they will impact the computer, both now and into the future.


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