Windows pre-installation

Normally, Windows operating system is already installed when we buy a computer, laptop or personal computer. A recovery cd and drivers cd also included in the package. The recovery cd contains a Windows operating system including hardware drivers and manufacturer's utility software already installed. Please remember, not all manufacturer provide this package.

There are some people who like to build their own computer so they can customize it to their own specification and their need. If you would like to build your own computer, there are several things you should know and prepare in the first place.

Except from you budget, here are a few things you need to do before installing windows operating system. Here's the list:

  • Gather your materials
  • Hardware compatibility list
  • Installation requirements

Gather your materials

You must have all the stuffs needed by your side before start the installation. You will need these later at some stage of the installation, so make sure you have:

  • Certificate of Authentication (COA) - Product key attached on your windows installation CD casing.
  • Installation CD - Windows installation CD that you are going to use.
  • Installation manual/guides -
    This will help you a lot during installation.
  • Network information - If you are planning to use networking, make the data ready.
  • Pen/pencils with notepad - Write anything useful during the installation process.

Hardware compatibility list

Hardware compatibility list is a list of hardware that Windows operating system support. You have to check the list properly if you are building a custom personal computer. You can find the comprehensive listings in the Windows installation CD-ROM and in The Windows Catalogs in Microsoft website.

Installation Requirements

  1. Check the system requirements for the windows operating system that you are going to install. For example, the basic requirements for windows 2000 PROFESSIONAL would be a 500 MHz or higher CPU, 128 or higher RAM, 2 GB hard disk drive, video graphic adapter, monitor, CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive, a keyboard and mouse.
  2. Backup important data in the hard disk drive before start the installation. If you have many partitions in your hard disk, then you can transfer your data into one dedicated partition. Otherwise, just copy your data into thumb drive or burned it into CD.
  3. Some informations are needed during the installation process. Here is a pre-installation checklist to make it easy for you to go through the installation. Please go through with the checklist first before putting the installation dvd in the dvr rom.

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