Installing XP Pro [First Time] 9 replies

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N88TR

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#1 11 years ago

I'm going to put together my new computer this afternoon. I only have worries on:

1. The BIOS settings 2. Installing XP Pro [comes with SP2] 3. Getting proper drivers for all parts [are the ones in the CDS that come with the products the best ones to use?]

Wish me luck.




War Hawk

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#2 11 years ago

1. You shouldn't have to change the BIOS settings and even if you do, there isn't any permanent harm if you make a mistake. 2.Installing XP is as easy as putting the CD in and following the on screen directions. 3. I'd install the drivers on the CDs, then check the manufacturer's website for more up to date drivers.




*The.Doctor

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#3 11 years ago
War Hawk 3. I'd install the drivers on the CDs, then check the manufacturer's website for more up to date drivers.

I would just download the new drivers on a different computer and put them on a flash drive or something, that way your only installing the most up to date drivers on your fresh windows install.




Homer Gonerson

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#4 11 years ago
War Hawk;36937131. You shouldn't have to change the BIOS settings and even if you do, there isn't any permanent harm if you make a mistake.

By this he means it can all be set back to default with a quick jumper reset on the motherboard, or by removing the little coin battery on the motherboard for a few minutes (same effect).




N88TR

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#5 11 years ago

It's just so overwhelming getting drivers and making them work

Hard drive drivers? Gimme a break!




marvinmatthew

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#6 11 years ago

Here's the proper steps:

-Install Windows (do not connect it to the internet yet) -Install a decent anti-virus/firewall -Now connect to the internet -Go to Windowsupdate.com, get all of the latest security patches for Windows -Then download/install all the drivers you need. I wouldn't use the CD's, as the drivers on them are likely out of date.




N88TR

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#7 11 years ago

marvinmatthew;3694322Here's the proper steps:

-Install Windows (do not connect it to the internet yet) -Install a decent anti-virus/firewall -Now connect to the internet -Go to Windowsupdate.com, get all of the latest security patches for Windows -Then download/install all the drivers you need. I wouldn't use the CD's, as the drivers on them are likely out of date.

Could I go online with a different computer and get the updates and transfer them over to the new computer? I want to avoid going online all together...




C38368

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#8 11 years ago

No.

But if you're never going to let this computer talk to the great big wide world out there, why bother with security patching in the first place?




marvinmatthew

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#9 11 years ago

Because it's possible that I his computer could be exposed to a virus/exploit through sometime of removable media/drive.




C38368

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#10 11 years ago

That's what antivirus programs are for. Windows security patches do just that: patch holes in the OS that can otherwise be exploited from the outside, and don't look for or terminate virulent payloads. It's no conincidence that the frequency at which OS patches are released has risen with the maturation of the Internet.

Besides, viruses change. Back in the day, they were developed to do really nasty things like eat the MBR. Nowadays, Trojans and worms (which typically seem to be used to either spread Trojans or create zombies, often for purposes of launching a coordinated DDOS attack) seem to be the attack method of choice.

This all raises the question, of course, of what kind of potentially infected media the OP is putting into the box in the first place. If a Windows-based computer that will never access the Internet is wanted, I can only think of two things to do with one: a workstation or a gaming rig, neither of which require outside writeable media.

Rarely is a virus passed by disk any longer, though it's not inconceivable. Thing is, those that drop desctructive payloads usually do so on their own or by infecting a system file. And we all know that sharing system files is the digital equivalent of sharing needles...