Deciding on the type of installation to perform is the last planning step before installing Windows XP Professional. The type of installation that you perform is dictated by many factors, such as
Is there an operating system currently installed? If so, do you want to preserve settings and configurations, or start from scratch?
Will the installation be performed interactively or remotely?
How many computers are to be installed at a single time?
Is your network arranged in a domain model using Active Directory?
Once again, there are many questions that lead to a larger question: What type of installation will you be performing? There are three distinct possibilities and each of them is explored in the following sections.