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Chapter 15. Managing Hardware > Understanding Plug and Play Hardware

Understanding Plug and Play Hardware

Windows XP includes plug and play support for hardware, making it easy to install and uninstall devices quickly. With plug and play support, you simply plug the device in, and Windows sets the device to work with your existing hardware and resolves any system conflicts. When you install a hardware device, Windows installs related software, known as a driver, that allows the hardware to communicate with Windows and other software applications. Plug and play tells the device drivers where to find the hardware devices. Plug and play matches up physical hardware devices with the software device drivers that operate them and establish channels of communication between each physical device and its driver. With plug and play, you can be confident that any new device will work properly with your computer and that your computer will restart correctly after you install or uninstall hardware. Microsoft recommends that you use only device drivers with the Designed for Microsoft Windows XP logo, which have a digital signature from Microsoft, indicating that the product was tested for compatibility with Windows. You might need to be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to install a hardware device. In order to install a plug and play device, you need to do the following:

Gather your original Windows XP CD-ROMs, the hardware device that you want to install, and the disks that come with the device, if available.


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