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I want to keep files and setting from
another computer. Can I move them over to Windows XP?
Yes! Windows XP includes a new toolthe
Files and Setting Transfer Wizardthat will help you.
You can start the wizard by clicking Start and pointing to
All Programs. Then point to Accessories, point to System Tools,
and then click Files and Settings Transfer Wizard. The wizard
will help you create a Wizard Disk to collect your files and
settings from your other computer.
Do I have to add a printer during Setup?
No, its recommended that you wait to install
your printer until after you set up Windows XP. Many printers
and other hardware devices need drivers that may interrupt
the Windows XP Setup process. Windows XP automatically detects
many printers as soon as you connect them to your computer.
If your printer is not automatically detected,
you can add the driver for it after Setup is complete. Click
Start, then click Control Panel, click Printers and Other
Hardware, and then click Add Printer.
During Setup I was prompted to "activate" Windows
XP. What is activation and why do I need to do it?
To help reduce software piracy, Windows XP
uses the product activation system, which allows your copy
of Windows XP to be installed on only one computer.
You can activate your copy of Windows either:
By clicking Start and pointing to All Programs. Then click
If you wait to activate your software, you can still use Windows
for 30 days. During this time, you'll be reminded periodically
to activate Windows.
You don't need to give your name or other
personal Information when you activate Windows.
After 30 days, you must activate Windows XP in order to continue
You must have a "computer administrator" user account
to activate Windows XP. To check your account type, click
Start > Control Panel > User Accounts.
Is activating the same as registering?
No. Activation is required; registration is
During Setup, I created accounts for my family and me. All
of these accounts are computer administrator accounts. Why
is everyone a computer administrator?
All user accounts are initially created with
computer administrator access, which means they have complete
control over a computer and can gain access to and modify
all user accounts on a computer.
If you are concerned about security, you
can change certain accounts to limited accounts. To change
the access level for one of your user accounts: Click Start,
then click Control Panel, and then click User Accounts.
For more information about user accounts,
click Start and then click Help and Support and type user
accounts in the Search box.
How can I make my computer more secure?
Another way to make your computer more secure
is to assign a password to the Administrator account, which
is blank by default.
To create a password for the Administrator
Restart your computer in safe mode:
Click Start and then click Turn Off Computer. In the drop-down
menu, click Restart.
After your computer restarts, look for Please select
the operating system to start. When this text appears,
Use the arrow keys to highlight the Safe Mode option, and
then press ENTER.
When the Windows Welcome screen appears, log on
to an administrator account.
Click Start and then click Control Panel, click User Accounts,
and then click Change an Account. Under Pick an account
to change, click the administrator account you want
to change and then click Create a password.
If you do decide to create a password for the administrator
account, make sure that you write down the password and store
it in a safe place.
To learn more about safe mode, click Start
and then click Help and Support and type "safe mode"
in the Search box.
During Setup, my computer stops working. What causes this,
and what can I do about it?
When a computer stops responding during Setup,
it is often because some of your hardware is incompatible
with Windows XP.
Will all of my software and hardware work
on Windows XP?
The Windows XP Setup program will automatically
check the hardware and software already installed on your
computer for potential conflicts.
To check the compatibility of your software
after you install Windows XP
Click Start and then click Help and Support.
Click Find compatible hardware and software for Windows XP
under Pick a task.
Click Start and then click Help and Support. Type Program
Compatability Wizard in the Search box.
If your hardware isn't on the Hardware Compatibility List
(HCL), contact the hardware manufacturer to see if there is
a Windows XP driver for it.
I was running a personal Web server before I installed Windows
XP Home Edition. I can't find it now. Where is it?
Windows XP Home Edition does not include
Internet Information Server (IIS), and IIS cannot run on this
version of Windows. To run a personal Web server, you must
use WIndows XP Professional as your operating system.
Note Personal Web servers are not necessary
to create or host an Internet site.