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Part II: Desktop Management > Managing Devices

Chapter 9. Managing Devices

The Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional operating system provides features that simplify installing, configuring, and managing computer hardware. Plug and Play is a feature that automatically configures devices, loads device drivers, and works with other Plug and Play devices to allocate resources, all without user intervention. Windows XP Professional supports devices that use the USB and IEEE 1394 buses, as well as devices that connect over other buses. Understanding hardware management features and support in Windows XP Professional helps you install, configure, and troubleshoot hardware devices.

In this chapter: 
Plug and Play Overview358
Device Manager361
Plug and Play Device Detection364
Device Drivers370
Supported Hardware377
Device Installation397
Configuring Device Settings401
Power Management413
Hardware Troubleshooting415
Additional Resources425



  

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