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Insider Power Techniques for Microsoft® Windows® XP by Austin Wilson, Scott Andersen, Geoff Winslow, Paul McFedries

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Chapter 9. Installing and Troubleshooting Devices

In this chapter, you’ll learn how to:

  • Perform nearly foolproof device installations.

  • Deal with driver signatures and control their options.

  • Use Device Manager to get a handle on your hardware.

  • Install, update, and roll back device drivers.

  • Set up hardware profiles.

  • Troubleshoot devices with dexterity.

One of the roles an operating system must play is that of intermediary between your software, your hardware, and you. Any operating system worth its salt has to translate incomprehensible "device-speak" into something a person can make sense of, and it must ensure that devices are ready, willing, and able to carry out a user’s commands. Given the sophistication and diversity of today’s hardware market, however, ...

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