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This article is Part 6 of the Reinstalling Windows XP Home guide. This part explains how to configure the work environment.
To view the other topics of the Reinstalling Windows XP Home guide, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base articles that are listed in the "References" section.
The Reinstalling Windows XP Home guide includes the following topics:
Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Preparing Windows XP for reinstallation Part 3: Creating partitions Part 4: Installing Windows Part 5: Post-installing devices Part 6: Configuring the work environment Part 7: Running Windows Update
When the hardware is ready for use, you can start to reconfigure your usual work environment. There is no specific set of rules for this procedure. Each user will experience different issues. However, there is a defined sequence to use when you configure the work environment. That sequence is as follows:
Install additional Windows componentsYou may want to post-install additional Windows components. To do this, follow these steps:
Integrate the computer into the networkYou may have to integrate the computer into the network. If you are not sure of how to integrate your computer into the network, see the following guide. You may find it helpful to print this guide for future reference. For more information about how to set up a network that uses Windows XP Home Edition, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
813936Follow these steps to view the network settings:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/813936/ )How to set up a small network with Windows XP Home Edition
Microsoft Network Client, file sharing and printer sharing, and the TCP/IP protocol are also already installed. By default, Windows uses Automatic Private IP Addressing (APIPA) in the address range of 169.254.0.1 to 169.254.255.254. These TCP/IP settings may not be correct, and you may have to modify them.
When the network is operational again, you can reconnect to the network printers if this is not done automatically. You can also specify a local printer connection if this is required.
Establish an Internet connectionYou can now configure the Internet connection. If you use a modem, ISDN or DSL, do the following to establish a connection:
Install programs and import data from the backupYou are now ready to install programs and import data. To do this, follow these steps:
Reactivate WindowsAs soon as everything functions appropriately, you can reactivate Windows when you are prompted.
For more information about this topic, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Part 1This article is a translation from German. Any subsequent changes or additions to the original German article may not be reflected in this translation. The information that is contained in this article is based on the German-language versions of this product. The accuracy of this information relative to other language versions of this product is not tested in the framework of this translation. Microsoft makes this information available without warranty of its accuracy or functionality and without warranty of the completeness or accuracy of the translation.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/896527/EN-US/ )Preparing Windows XP for reinstallation
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/896528/EN-US/ )Creating partitions
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/896529/EN-US/ )Installing Windows
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/896530/EN-US/ )Post-installing devices
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/896531/EN-US/ )Configuring the work environment
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/896532/EN-US/ )Running Windows Update
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