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Background

After you've completed the work detailed in Chapter 2, “Installation Prep,” you are finally ready to get down to the business of actually installing Windows XP Professional. With Windows XP, Microsoft has made the installation process fairly simple and foolproof, but it will be a bit of a difference to those who have never installed Windows NT or Windows 2000 before. As discussed in Chapter 1, “Introduction to Windows XP,” Windows XP Professional acts like Windows 2000 on the inside, as it is built on the ever-stable Windows 2000 code-base, but it's friendlier and easier to get along with on the outside. With the exception of the activation process (which some folks find invasive or at best annoying) the installation procedure and related options benefit from Microsoft's friendly XP approach.

In this chapter, we'll be looking at four major areas concerning installation:


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