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[*] Post 368989 posted on 22-3-2009 at 20:53 Reply With Quote
I'm about to install XP Pro for the first time



I'm about to install XP Pro on my rebuilt computer. (It has a different processor, motherboard, and memory, and an 80 Gb hard drive.)

So, tech friends, this is my last chance to get advice from you on how to procede. (Including what order to install additional programs, restore points [with which I have no experience], anti-virus precautions, etc.)

Eric built it and told me to go ahead with the installation. But, I will venture that is against my intuition, since he has some hardware in it (modem, network card, and sound card, I think, in addition to a DVD drive and a CD writing drive). I would have expected I should start out with a minimal system and then add one additional piece of hardware at a time. (I think Mr. Semmens taught me that.)

Perhaps Eric has great confidence that XP Pro will sort everything out with Plug N Play. I should perhaps mention, this computer was the bare bones of one he had built for a friend. Then, since I needed one with a few features for legacy devices (that is, I wanted a floppy drive and a parallel port, which his brand-new mobo did not have), he offered to build a new one for the friend if the friend would let him scrub this one and give it to me. So, if practically everything in it has already worked once on Win XP Pro, he may know it will work again.

What do you want to tell me/warn me/advise me?confused2

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[*] Post 368995 posted on 22-3-2009 at 21:27 Reply With Quote


The one thing that XP excelled at, in comparison with it's predecessors, is hardware recognition and driver installation.

It's really quite rare to have to go to a manufacturer's webby for drivers, now.

There are, of course, exceptions.

Get a proper GFX card driver, if you can. No need to worry about that, though, until needs must.

Fear not, young Scholar.

Do the deed!

One tip: When XP does it's automatic update thingy, DON'T let it do an express install (Except, perhaps, for the first one you do). It'll often overwrite drivers and that CAN cause problems. Especially, it seems, with GFX card drivers.

Another tip. XP has a firewall. It's not the best in the world, though. It certainly won't stop XP from keeping-on 'phoning home, when it feels like it.

Naturally, the first thing you're going to install, after XP, is going to be a virus-checker. ;)

The second thing, of course, should be Opera, followed by Total Commander. :D:D
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[*] Post 368996 posted on 22-3-2009 at 21:28 Reply With Quote


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Originally posted by scholar
I'm about to install XP Pro on my rebuilt computer. (It has a different processor, motherboard, and memory, and an 80 Gb hard drive.)

So, tech friends, this is my last chance to get advice from you on how to procede. (Including what order to install additional programs, restore points [with which I have no experience], anti-virus precautions, etc.)

Eric built it and told me to go ahead with the installation. But, I will venture that is against my intuition, since he has some hardware in it (modem, network card, and sound card, I think, in addition to a DVD drive and a CD writing drive). I would have expected I should start out with a minimal system and then add one additional piece of hardware at a time. (I think Mr. Semmens taught me that.)

Perhaps Eric has great confidence that XP Pro will sort everything out with Plug N Play. I should perhaps mention, this computer was the bare bones of one he had built for a friend. Then, since I needed one with a few features for legacy devices (that is, I wanted a floppy drive and a parallel port, which his brand-new mobo did not have), he offered to build a new one for the friend if the friend would let him scrub this one and give it to me. So, if practically everything in it has already worked once on Win XP Pro, he may know it will work again.

What do you want to tell me/warn me/advise me?confused2

(I think this post might attract onlookers after the bots have noticed it. greengrin)




Could be the last time we hear from you then ? bye for now.
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