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Summary. This page contains videos showing the Windows XP setup and configuration process beginning with a blank hard drive using a Windows XP Setup CD.

The computer used in these videos is a Dell Latitude D600 with a Pentium M processor. However, the general guidelines and instructions will be useful for setting up any brand of computer with Windows XP.

Part 1. This video covers drive formatting and the initial copying of Windows files.

Part 2. This video covers the completion of the Windows XP setup and initial setup of user accounts.

Part 3. This video covers the initial configuration of Windows XP upon the first login such as setting up the QuickLaunch area, showing My Computer on the desktop, showing My Documents on Desktop, and revealing all icons in the system tray.

Part 4. This video reviews how to use the Dell Service Tag number to find and download the Dell Latitude D600 hardware drivers for chipset, video, sound, and networking.

Part 5. This video reviews how to install the Dell Latitude D600 hardware drivers for chipset, video, sound, and networking.

Part 6. This video is a continuation of part 5 showing how to install the Dell Latitude D600 hardware drivers for chipset, video, sound, and networking.

Part 7. This video shows how to manually install the Windows XP Service Pack 2, since it can’t be installed using the automated Windows Updates service.

Part 8. This video shows updating after SP2 installation and how to upgrade from Windows Updates to using the Microsoft Updates feature.

Part 9. This video continues the updating from the previous video, including Internet Explorer 8 and how the IE8 installation window can be hidden behind the Windows Updates window, resulting in what appears to be having the updates progress paused. This video also shows how to set Google as your startup page and default search engine. Microsoft seems to have intentionally made it difficult to select Google as a default search engine.

Part 10. This video shows the installation of Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), and the subsequently required collection of updates (more than 50) after the SP3 installation. Also included are instruction for installing Microsoft Security Essentials.

Part 11. This video shows Adobe Reader installation.

Part 12. This video shows Adobe Flash installation.

Part 13. This video (1 of 3) shows the installation of a Dell Latitude D600 wireless card driver. There are challenges in finding the proper drivers on Dell’s website.

Part 14. This video (2 of 3) shows the installation of a Dell Latitude D600 wireless card driver. This video shows a failed attempt at making the wireless card work.

Part 15. This video (3 of 3) shows the installation of a Dell Latitude D600 wireless card driver. This video shows how to remove the cover of your Dell Latitude notebook to identify the installed wireless network card. Then, the video shows how to find the correct driver for the card and install it.

Part 16. This video shows the installation of Apple iTunes.

Part 17. This video shows the creation of a limit user account.

Part 18. This video shows how to create a complete backup of a Windows XP computer to CD or DVD using Norton Ghost 2003 for emergency recovery later.

Part 19. This video shows how to restore a computer from a Norton Ghost 2003 backup on CD or DVD.

Part 20. This video shows how to create a complete backup of a Windows XP computer to an external hard drive using Norton Ghost 2003 for emergency recovery later.

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