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You will need ALL of your Driver CD'S for Motherboard Resources as well as your Windows O/S CD! If you do NOT have your M/B Driver CD, can you get your PC System functional? Be prepared! If you know your MotherBoard Brand & Model - Yes! By Downloading those Drivers from the MotherBoard Manufacturer's website. That applies for Updating your Bios too! This list pertains to ANY PC Build Session, from 2006 forward. This is also good to think about when your system decides to go South! Be Prepared! Does your Back-Up Solution also Restore your Data? Think Drive Imaging - Think Acronis True Image! KISS - Keep It Sweet & Simple!
Choose your Windows O/S (Win2000, WinXP Pro or Windows Vista!) & HD File System – Fdisk & Quick Format Installation (NTSF) - Done From Operating System (O/S) CD which happens to be a Boot CD if using Windows 2000, Windows XP Pro & Windows Vista!
A.) Use MotherBoard CD for Driver
Component Installation & Configuration:
Verify Make, Model & Revision Number if necessary to download Drivers!
B.) After installing M/B Chipset Drivers, include the following:
Get your system somewhat Secure BEFORE getting out on the Net!
O/S Updates (Run Windows Update) & Security Updates.
See Tests For Security Checking Tools.
DirectX & DirectX Video Capture Update - IF Required or Needed!
O/S Hot Fixes (Win2000 or WinXP Pro). Time will tell regarding Windows Vista!
Test Your System Vulnerabilities.
Security - LAN Security Precautions Preparedness & Back-Up Procedures. Go Acronis True Image Disk Imaging! It Works!
Another issue gone but still around for those with larger HD's in mind yet
may not have installed the latest Windows Service Packs? Hello?
See: Bios HD Limitations - IDE Hard Disk Dives larger than 128 GB use 48-bit logical block addressing (LBA) as defined in the ATA/ATAPI-6 Specification. Remember Maxtor Big Drive Enabler? No longer needed in WinXP Pro + SP1. BTW: The 137GB limitation does not affect SCSI Interface HD Drives. Still curious to know if you're safe to run a larger HD safely without Data Loss? Try: 48bitLBA.com - EnableBigLBA. Handy Tool. And... Eventually HD's fail. Get S.M.A.R.T. and pay attention before Disaster strikes! Pun intended! Use: HDINFO Tool, same source above, to see if your HDs are having any issues. OR... A HD SMART Test - PassMark DiskCheckup - SMART hard drive monitoring utility.
And... For Windows XP Pro Users, install: WinXP User Profile Hive Cleanup Service, Microsoft.com - Download details- User Profile Hive Cleanup Service. A service to help with slow log off and unreconciled profile problems.
This should help will get you started in the right direction! Enjoy!
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