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Chapter 4. Using the Windows XP Interface > Logging In to Windows XP

Logging In to Windows XP

At this point, you should have Windows XP Professional installed. But before you explore the OS, you have to log in. There are often several steps required before you gain access to your system. First, the OS must be installed—that was covered back in Chapter 3. Second, you must power up the system if it is not already. Booting can take several minutes depending on the installed components and network membership. Be sure that all bootable CDs are removed from the CD drives and that no floppies or Zip/Jaz disks are present in their respective drives (you want to allow the system to boot from the hard drive, not to attempt a boot from some other media).

Once the system is fully booted, you need to log on. Depending on which logon mode the system is using, you need to either click on a username/icon on the Welcome screen, or press Ctrl+Alt+Del twice to provide logon credentials to gain access to the system. If your system was a network member before an upgrade install, or you altered the default settings of the network components during a manual or unattended installation, you'll need to use the secure logon, which is covered in the section, “Using the Classic Logon.” Otherwise, Windows XP presents you with the Welcome screen for one click access to the desktop.


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