Chapter 18. Exploring Your Hardware Interface

Microsoft designed Windows so that you could take advantage of the latest hardware advances. Windows recognizes most devices currently in use and is designed with future devices and expandability in mind.

This chapter shows how the Windows interface utilizes your hardware. Windows supports Plug and Play, a term that describes automatic installation of new hardware you add to your PC. Prior to Plug and Play, you had to set jumper switches and make operating system settings. Often, hardware and software conflicts would occur, creating many hours of debugging headaches. With Plug and Play, you simply plug new hardware components such as memory, disk drives, CD-ROM drives, and expansion boards into your ...

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