Setting Up New Hardware Devices

After you install or connect a new hardware device, you must set up the device so that it is available for use. Unlike Microsoft Windows NT, Windows Server 2003 is much better at helping you perform the related procedures, and in many cases, it will set up new devices automatically using Plug and Play.

When Plug and Play works properly, it is a wonderful thing. You simply plug in a new device, wait for the Windows operating system to detect and then configure it. The device is then ready for use. Unfortunately, although Plug and Play technology has advanced tremendously since Windows NT (and even since Microsoft Windows 2000), it doesn't always work. Sometimes, Windows will detect a new device but won't know which ...

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