Software Installations

Workstation Operating Systems

When you are planning to use a computer as a workstation is a network, you should make sure that com necessary requirements. In some cases, it may only meet the hardware requirements without any so cases, something could be missing. In previous lessons, we cover the issues related to making sure th was ready. In some other cases, you may plan to purchase brand new computers that you would u network.

Acquiring Brand New Computers

If you decide to purchase or are in the position of purchasing brand new computers, as a reminder of w in Lesson 2, here are the hardware requirements the computer must meet: y A processor with 300 megahertz or higher processor clock speed recommended; 233 MHz minimum required (single or dual processor system);* Intel Pentium/Celeron family, or AMD K6/Athlon/Duron family, or compatible processor recommended 128 megabytes (MB) of RAM or higher recommended (64 MB minimum supported; may limit performance and some features) 1.5 gigabytes (GB) of available hard disk space Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution video adapter and monitor CD-ROM or DVD drive Keyboard Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device

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One way you can shop for computers is to visit the web site of one of the big companies on the Internet and their web sites where you can do your shopping include, but are not limited to:

If you are shopping on a web site, select a computer with Microsoft Windows XP Professional. The compu not sell a computer that doesn't meet the hardware requirements. The web site may also propose some parts. If you can afford them, then add them. The items that can be useful and helpful are a CD writer (or both) and a backup system.

Access the Boot Sequence and check the list. such as floppy or hard drive. above it. when the installation starts.Instead of the Internet stores. move the CD (or DVD) drive to the top of the sequ cannot move the CD (or DVD) drive to the top. after typing D: and pres D:\setup. Put the Microsoft Windows XP Professional CD in the CD drive and restart the computer (you can pre Delete to restart) 3. *If a message of installing the operating system doesn't come up. *If a message of installation still doesn't come up. then disable the drives. For example. make sure that only the CD (or DVD) drive has a check mark next to it. "Diskette drive 0 seek failure". Put that disk in the floppy drive and restart the a In some cases. If drive is not on top and if the instructions allow it. . you can also go to a computer store to buy the computers. you can also check the following site:http://www.exe and press As stated above. if the CD drive is D. Turn the computer on. After a while. Switch to that drive by typing it followed by : and press En prompt. check the foll from Microsoft: http://support. make su remember the drive letter assigned to it. *If you receive a message stating. you may see a "Boot From CD" message. After the CD drive has been installed.exe and press Enter *If the computer still doesn't boot from the CD and if you have access to the Internet. Then re computer and follow the instructions on the screen to install the operating system. In this case. F2 for setup utility". changes in the BIOS to make the computer boot from the CD drive. Select the option that states "without" the CD. a message will notify you that the computer will boot install the operating system (the message may display "Press any key to boot from CD"). with a new whatever files already exist in the computer You have a computer with an operating system but Microsoft Windows XP Professional doesn't suppo from that existing operating system Practical Learning: Performing a New Installation of WinXP To perform a new installation: 1. you can select the drive and press the Space bar to remove the check mark selected item. you should restart the computer. type setup. as the black screen of the computer restarting appears. that is. A Manufacturer's Installation New Installation A new installation is suitable if: y y You have a new computer with no operating system at all If you bought a computer in a computer store or from a web site and had Microsoft Windows XP Profe either it was already installed or you requested that it be installed. don't worry about it at this time 2. if you receive a message stating "Missing System". (If you have access to the Internet. make sure the CD drive is installed appropriately to find out from somebody to get the Microsoft Windows 98boot disk (it is a floppy disk that would fi (driver for the) CD drive). you want to insta operating system on top of the old one and you don't mind loosing (since you will loose. or "Strike F1 to retry boot. as soon as the computer for a boot disk). a list of options will come up and ask you whether you want to start the computer with or w drive. there is nothing more to do at this tim y You have a computer with an operating system but you want to overwrite. open the computer and make sure cable that connects the floppy drive is connected *If you are using a computer without an operating system. press a key such as F2 or F8 (but this may d computer or the manufacturer) to access the BIOS. In this case.bootdisk. save and exit the BIOS.

In the next screen. The next screen would ask how much space you want to use for the new partition. Once the formatting is over. To continue. To reduce it. it will propose the total space for it. The next screen will ask you to format the selected partition and specify the type of file system you Select the Format The Partition Using The NTFS File Systemoption and press Enter 8. simply select it If you have only one partition and that. Press Enter.After a while. press C to partition it. use the up and down arrow keys to select it o o o 6. the installation will start formatting the partition. The next screen will present to you the License Agreement. press Enter to install the OS in it 7. press F8 (or the appropriate key) 5. will come up. press the installation. the Language Setup Options dialog box will come up: . select it If you have only one partition but it is large and you want to create various partitions. If you don't agree with it. Its first page presents you with two op The first choice consists of changing the Regional and Language Options. Read it. you should see a blue screen titled Windows XP Professional Setup and Welcome to Se Windows XP Now. then type the desired number of megabytes. A small partition of 8MB will be created by Windows. If you click Customize. the installation will starting loading files. titled Windows XP Professional Setup. If you agree with the license agreement. Continue the same way until you have created the desired partitions. This may take a few minutes. After selecting the partition you will use. Press the down arrow key to select the Unpartitioned Space option and press C. Don't touch and don't delete it If you have many partitions already. first make sure it is selected. This may take a few minutes A wizard. Then. The next screen asks you to select the partition you want to use to install the operating system: o If you have only one partition and it looks small. press Enter 4. By default. and press Enter. to specify which one will be used to hold the operating system. first press Backspace a few times to delete the numbers. regardless of its size. you want to use it wholly to install the OS. such as less than 5 GB.

The next screen request that you enter your name or the name of the primary person who will be us computer. After making your selection. Th Text Services and Input Languages dialog box. The other text box. which you can still change later on. Once again. click Next 10. expects you to type the computer name. expects the name of the company. the US English would be selected. click Next or press Enter 13. . After entering the name and the organization. Make sure that you provide thi 12. Organization. To ignore any change. You must type a name other than Administrator or Guest 11. if you OS intended for a US audience. you can click OK. you can click OK. click the Customize button. o a new name 16.9. You can change the language by clicking the arrow of the making the change. The dialog box also requests a password for the administrator. which you must enter 14. This password will be stored locally. would come up with English (United States) selected. You can accept the suggested name. The default options will be selected depending on your version of the CD. the US English is selected by default. if you bought the OS use. Anothe Regional and Language Options. If you want to change the language. You can then click the box to change the language. If you don't intend to change anyt Cancel. The next page of the wizard. For example. click Details. The bottom option consists of making changes to the way the keyboard will interpret text. If you want to change it. click Next 15. It also suggests a default bas organization you entered. The next page of the wizard requests the Product Key. After typing the product key. you can click Cancel After dealing with the Windows Setup dialog box.

Another window will come up with a dialog box on top of it. When the installation finishes copying the files. In the next screen. Click Next 26. th name of the network. click Next 5. Press Enter 19. accept the "Yes. etc. Type the exact same password in the Confirm Password text box 18. Click Install Windows XP. After a while. A window will display and present you some options. The installation will continue copying the files 22. acc 4. The next screen prompts you to enter at least one name. Click Finish The computer will display Welcome for a few seconds and change to the desktop Upgrade If your computer already has an operating system installed. If you don't agree with it. all existing files will be lost. Read it. Start the computer as you usually do 2. y the existing one. The next page of the wizard will prompt you to specify the name of the network or to join a domain. Click Next 23. and would only install the new features and other improvements. click the "No. After making your selection. The next screen displays Thank You and Congratulations. Keep in mind that if you perform a new installation. the computer will reboot. After making your selection in the dialog box. this computer will connect through a local area network or hom button and click Next 24. To perform an upgrade: 1. Type a semi-difficult password in the Administrator Password text box. The installation will start/continue copying files. a dialog box titled Windows XP Professional Setup will prompt you for Network Setting Typical Settings and click Next This would preserve the existing files and other items. click the second radio button and to stop the installation 6. Put the CD (or DVD) that contains Microsoft Windows XP Professional in the driv door. click Next . default of WORKGROUP and press Enter. The next page of the wizard allows you accept or change the current time. the date. click theI Acce Agreement radio button and click Next. Enter a name that is neither Administrator the name of the computer 27. click the arrow of the Installation Type combo box your desired option. Open the CD drive. To choose. instead of performing a new installation.. If you agree with it.. If you agreed with the License Agreement and clicked the first radio button. The dialog box will present you the optio a new installation or upgrading. Click Next 28. not at this time" radio button 25. In the next screen. When it comes up a Welco Windows message will display. such as the computer name. and the time zo computer. such as P@s$w0r 17. You will be presented with the License Agreement. 3. When in doubt. click Next 20.

Click Next 15. The next screen will request the Product Key. if you have nothing else to do. the computer will reboot (itself). Let it flow you for something. Click Next 13. Click the No. The next window. click the Computer Name tab. In the System Properties dialog box. At one time. Don't worry about that. in which case you would click the first radio button) 14. titled Let's get On The Internet. accept the first radio button so would check updates on the Microsoft web site.7. You're Ready To Go! Click Finish You may be presented with a (blank) window with only one or two icons including Recycle Bin. It will only be a good sign. A Thank You message will show Congratulations. Alternatively. you ca Computer and click Properties. The next screen will ask you whether you want to register online. . To check the name of a computer. Don't expect this quiet (and perhaps boring) installation to take less than 30 min more than that). a Welcome to Microsoft Windows w with Thank You For Purchasing Microsoft Windows XP. Click Next 11. Not At This Time r (unless you want to register at this time. Click Next 17. Some time to time. Congratulations Routine Operations The Computer Name After performing an installation of the operating system. When the installation is over and the computer has rebooted. Continue the installation. would prompt you to setup the Internet at this tim Click the Do Not Set Up An Internet Connection At This Time radio button 16. the com blank for one second or half a second. Meanwhile. Let's Spend A Few Minutes Setting Computer. Enter it 8. In the next screen. If you don't have an Internet connection or you don the updates (since you can do this later on anyway). Th indicate that the installation was fine. you can perform some routine operations to things. open Control Panel and double-click System. click the second radio button 10. Click Next 9. the installation will present (somewhat a messages that you can read or admire to keep yourself busy 12. if you (already) have an Internet connection.

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