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Chapter 2. Installation Prep > Checking Hardware and Software Compatibility

Checking Hardware and Software Compatibility

Verifying that your current hardware will support an installation of Windows XP Professional is critical to getting Windows XP correctly installed and running smoothly. Verifying the existing software installed on your computer when performing an upgrade installation is just as vital—Windows XP can get pretty particular when it comes to dealing with previously installed software.

There are a couple of means at your disposal when it comes to verifying hardware and software compatibility for the installation of Windows XP Professional. The first of these is the Hardware Compatibility List (HCL).


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