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Windows XP is a family of 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers.

Windows XP provides support for various types of input devices. Everything from standard keyboards, USB mice, scanners, cameras, and game controllers can be used. Device compliancy can be from old standards such as PS/2 and AT connectors or serial ports, or it can be based on newer technologies such as USB or IEEE 1394 and other HID-compliant devices.
By default, when Windows XP is installed, there is only one hardware profile (Profile 1 for desktop computers, and Docked for portable computers). The default hardware profile loads all available drivers.
User profiles store many of the individual configuration settings for Windows XP Professional.
Objective is to provide an understanding of 1. Configure and troubleshoot the TCP/IP protocol,available network clients and services and NWLink, AppleTalk and DLC.
When one is discussing networks today, we are referring to many ways that systems can be configured to communicate with each other. These lines of communication can take place over a network adapter, dial-up connection, the Internet, a VPN (Virtual Private Network), or over a simple direct cable connection.
File and Print Sharing for Microsoft Networks provides the ability to allow other computers to access resources, over a Microsoft network, on your system. This service is installed and enabled by default on a per connection basis. This service is the equivalent of the Windows NT 4.0 Server service.
Microsoft’s implementation of TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol) is installed by default upon installation of Windows XP. TCP/IP is the most commonly used network protocol in the world today and is supported by all major operating systems.
The LAN connection is created by default when you install Windows XP and have a network card present. When you open the properties of the connection (Figure 5.3) you are then able to configure your network connection. From this dialog box, you can configure you network adapter or install, uninstall, and configure network clients, services and protocols.
Display devices in Windows XP are obviously necessary if you wish to see what is happening on your system. Windows XP automatically provides a generic VGA adapter into all installations; however it is not going to provide you more advanced video card to perform at is greatest.
Here are top 10 questions and answers with explanation for the basics of implementing, administering and troubleshooting devices, and drivers in Windows XP.