Overview • Previous Operating Systems Windows XP replaced • System Requirements • Installation • Different versions of Windows XP with New Features
Windows XP Upgrade Windows XP offers a major upgrade from its predecessors: Windows 2000 and Windows 9x/Me
Recommended Pentium II 300 MHz or better 128 MB up to 4 GB RAM More than 2 GB Hard drive partition 2 GB or more Free space on hard drive partition 12x or faster CD-ROM Drive Higher resolutions of video Keyboard and mouse System Requirements Minimum • Pentium II 233 MHz or better • 64 MB Ram • 2GB Hard drive partition • 1.5 GB Free space on hard drive partition • 12x CD-ROM drive • Super VGA (800x 600) video • Keyboard and Mouse
Installation • Windows XP needs at least 2 GB Partition and should have 1.5 GB of free space • Can be installed via CD, USB device or External CD drive • Windows can be installed one of four ways: • Clean install when OS is not already installed • Clean install when an OS is already installed • Upgrade to Windows XP • Dual Boot using Windows XP
Clean Install when OS is not present • Boot from the Windows XP CD • If your computer does not boot from a CD, enter the command: D:\i386\Winnt.exe and substitue the drive letter of your CD-ROM drive • Setup lists all partitions on the hard drive, the file system of each partition and size of partition. From this screen you can create and delete partitions • Follow next steps that include providing your information about geographical location, Name, Date and network settings
Clean Install when OS is Already Installed • Close any open applications • Insert Windows XP CD into CD drive. Autorun should launch, however if it does not enter: D:\i386\winnt32.exe, where you substitute the drive letter of your CD drive for “D” • Select 'Install Windows XP' • On next screen select 'New Installation' • Follow next steps that include providing your information about geographical location, Name, Date and network settings
Upgrading to Windows XP • Clean up the hard drive • Verify all hardware and software will be compatable • Flash your BIOS • Back up important files • Do a virus scan • Uncompress your hard drive if necessary • Insert Windows XP Upgrade CD • If Setup menu does not appear, enter the command: D:\i386\winnt32.exe, where you substitute the drive letter of your CD drive for “D” • On the next screen, select 'Upgrade'
Dual Boot Using Windows XP • You can Configure Windows XP to setup a dual boot with another operating system • Start installation as a clean install on a PC with another operating system • Choose to install Windows XP on a different partition than the other OS • Windows XP will recognize another OS is installed and sets up the startup menu to offer it as an option for booting • After install, when booting with dual boot, the boot loader menu will appear and ask to select an operating system
Windows XP Varieties • Windows XP Home Edition • Windows XP Professional • Windows XP Media Center Edition • Windows XP Tablet PC Edition • Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
Windows XP Home/professional edition Features • New user interface
Windows XP Home/professional edition Features • Ability for two or more user to be logged on simultaneously. • Each user has a separate profile and Windows XP can switch between user while keeping a separate set of applications for each user
Windows XP Home/professional edition Features • Includes Windows Media Player • Centralized application for working with digital media
Windows XP Home/professional edition Features • Windows Security Center • Added with Windows XP Service Pack 2 • Ability to burn a CD by dragging and dropping a folder or file onto the CD-R device icon • Remote Assistance • A way for someone to assist a user at the computer by remotely controlling the computer • Expanded Help Feature • Advanced Security features
Windows XP Home/professional edition Features • System Restore • Can be set to routinely make snapshots of critical Windows system files necessary to load the OS • If Windows XP gives the user any problems, they can use System Restore to restore the system state to its condition at the time a snapshot was taken • Does not affect user data on hard drive but can affect installed software and hardware, user settings and OS Configuration.
Windows XP Home/professional edition Features • Remote Desktop • A way for a user to control the computer from a remote location
Windows XP Home/professional edition Features Roaming Profiles • A way for an administrator to manage user profiles from a server • Multilingual capabilities • Support for new higher-performance processors
Windows XP Media Center Edition • Enhanced version of Windows XP Professional • Includes additional support for digital entertainment hardware • When you first launch Media Center, it takes you through a wizard to configure how to connect to a TV and if you want to track TV listing available • Designed for high-end PC home market • Only available when preinstalled on a high-end PC manufactured Microsoft partner
Windows XP Tablet PC Edition • Windows XP Professional with additional features • Voice recognition • Handwriting-recognition software • Specifically built for the Tablet PC
Windows XP professional x64 edition • Uses 64-bit code and designed to be used with 64-bit processors such as AMD Athlon 64 or Opteron or Intel Itanium. • Used for high-end gaming computers using AMD processors, servers, or heavily technical workstations.