In this chapter, you will learn how to
• Identify and implement preinstallation tasks
• Install and upgrade Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7
• Troubleshoot installation problems
• Identify and implement post-installation tasks
An operating system (OS) provides the fundamental link between the user and the hardware that makes up the PC. Without an operating system, all of the greatest, slickest PC hardware in the world is but so much copper, silicon, and gold wrapped up as a big, beige paperweight (or, if you’re a teenage boy, a big, gleaming, black paperweight with a window and glowing fluorescent lights, possibly shaped like a robot). The operating system creates the interface between human ...