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Chapter 3. Installing Windows XP Home > Choosing an Upgrade Path

Choosing an Upgrade Path

This chapter describes the variety of installation options available for Windows XP Home. Even if your system is already installed, you might be interested in reading through this chapter for some helpful information about dual-booting various operating systems and working with multiple formats of disk partitions (FAT, FAT32, and NTFS). For information on partitions, see the “Disk Partitioning Tips” section later in this chapter. A file system is a logical structure applied to a partition which enables the computer to read and write data onto a hard drive. For more information on file systems, see the “Choosing a File System: FAT, FAT32, or NTFS?” section later in this chapter.

Due to improvements and standardization in user interfaces and to Microsoft-imposed installation procedures for Windows programs, setup of application programs nowadays is typically a piece of cake and self-explanatory. Likewise, installation of all newer Windows versions has grown increasingly automated. Installing Windows XP is usually a fairly simple process, but it takes an hour or more to complete.


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