INSTALLING WINDOWS XP PROFESSIONAL

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Chapter 2

INSTALLING
WINDOWS XP
PROFESSIONAL
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OVERVIEW


   Install Windows XP Professional
   Upgrade from a previous version of
    Windows to Windows XP Professional
   Prepare a computer to meet upgrade
    requirements
   Migrate existing user environments to a
    new installation
   Perform post-installation updates and
    product activation
   Troubleshoot failed installations
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PREINSTALLATION TASKS


 Verifying hardware compatibility
 Storage requirements
 File systems
 Domain and workgroup installations
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VERIFYING HARDWARE COMPATIBILITY


 Windows Catalog
 (www.microsoft.com/windows/catalog)
 Compatibility test (Winnt32.exe
 /checkupgradeonly)
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HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS

  CPU           Pentium-compatible 233 MHz or higher
                (Pentium II 300 MHz or higher recommended)


  Memory        64 MB minimum (128 MB or higher recommended)



  Free Hard     Minimum 650 MB free on 2-GB partition
  Disk Space    (2 GB free recommended)

  Networking    Network adapter card and related cable



  Disk Drives   CD-ROM (for CD-ROM installation)
                3.5-inch floppy disk (if system will not boot from CD-ROM)

  Accessories   Keyboard and mouse (or other pointing device)
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FILE SYSTEMS
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NTFS FILE SYSTEM


 File and folder security
 Compression
 Encryption
 Disk quotas
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FAT/FAT32 AND THE CONVERT COMMAND


 FAT or FAT32 required to multiboot with
  Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows Me
 No support for file/folder security
 No support for encryption or quotas
 Convert to NTFS using Convert.exe
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WORKGROUPS AND DOMAINS
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ATTENDED INSTALLATION


 Running the Setup program
 Running the Setup Wizard
 Installing networking components
 Completing the installation
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INSTALLING OVER THE NETWORK


 Preparing for network installations
 Winnt.exe and Winnt32.exe
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PREPARING FOR NETWORK INSTALLATIONS


   Copy and share i386 folder
   Connect to shared folder
    1. Use previous operating system
    2. Make network installation boot disk
   Execute installation program
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WINNT.EXE


 16-bit installation program
 Creates temporary folder
 Copies installation files
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WINNT32.EXE


 32-bit installation program
 Multithreaded; can load-balance file
 transfer
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AUTOMATING INSTALLATIONS


 Installing Setup Manager
 Answer file (Unattend.txt)
 Uniqueness Database File (Unattend.udb)
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SETUP MANAGER
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SETUP MANAGER (continued)
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SAMPLE UNATTEND FILES
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UPGRADING TO WINDOWS XP


 Verify hardware and software compatibility
 Identify the upgrade path
 Upgrade to Windows XP
 Migrate user settings
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UPGRADE PATHS


   Upgrade from                         Upgrade to
   Windows 98                           Windows XP Professional


   Windows Me                           Windows XP Professional


   Windows NT Workstation 4             Windows XP Professional


   Windows 2000 Professional            Windows XP Professional


   Windows 95                           Windows 98 and then Windows
                                        XP Professional

   Windows NT 3.1, 3.5, or 3.51         Windows NT 4 Workstation and
                                        then Windows XP Professional
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HARDWARE COMPATIBILITY REPORT
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PERFORMING THE UPGRADE


 Upgrade using CD-ROM Setup program
 Customize upgrade using Winnt32.exe
 options
 Install any required upgrade packs
 Create any required domain computer
 accounts
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MIGRATING USER SETTINGS
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MIGRATING USER SETTINGS (CONTINUED)
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UNDERSTANDING REMOTE INSTALLATION


 Enables remote installation of compatible
 systems
 Requires Net PC or PC98 compliance
 Noncompliant PCs can use a remote boot
 disk
 Remote Boot Disk Generator (Rbdg.exe)
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PERFORMING AN RIS INSTALLATION


   RIS pre-setup by network administrator
   Client uses PXE or boot disk to start setup
   Two installation scenarios:
    1. Risetup (unattended installation)
    2. Riprep (disk-image installation)
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USING DISK DUPLICATION


 Sysprep.exe
 Mini-Setup Wizard
 Automating mini-setup
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APPLYING SYSTEM UPDATES


 Windows Update
 Service packs
 Automatic updates
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WINDOWS UPDATE
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SERVICE PACKS


 A collection of updates and patches
 Can include feature updates
 Should be applied at earliest opportunity
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AUTOMATIC UPDATES
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WINDOWS PRODUCT ACTIVATION


 Required on retail versions of Windows
 Prevents casual copying
 Combats software piracy
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TROUBLESHOOTING SETUP


 Setup logs might indicate source of trouble
 Setup runs differently on successive tries
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SUMMARY


 Verify hardware compatibility before
 installation.
 Setup methods include CD-ROM, network,
 and disk image.
 Use Remote Installation Server (RIS) for
 large installations.
 Use Setup Manager to automate
 installations.
 Apply system updates as soon as possible.

				
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