XP Professional Setup Wizard Page 2

The GUI-based Windows XP Professional Setup Wizard is the next stage of the installation process.

Regional settings  - In this section you are able to customize settings to your language and where you live as well as setup Windows XP Professional to use multiple languages and regional settings.

Personalize your Software - In this section you can enter the name of the person and the organization to which this copy of Windows XP Professional is licensed. This can be your own name and nothing in the organization field or the name of the company in both places if this installation is being performed in a place of business. Software installed on the system later will often use this information for product registration and document identification.

Your Product Key  - This page is where you enter your 25-character product key in order to install the software.

If you incorrectly type the key, an error message will be generated.

Computer Name And Administrator Password - Here you enter a name for the computer or use the auto-generated one that Windows XP Professional provided.

The computer name will always display in all uppercase letters, no matter how you type it. The name is not case sensitive.

In the Administrator Password box on the same screen, you will enter the password to be used for the administrator account and in the Confirm Password box you will re-enter it to make sure that it is entered correctly.

If the passwords do not match, the above error message will appear and you will need to enter them again.

Modem Dialing Information - This section will begin only if an installed modem has been found on your system.

Enter the correct country or region if it is not selected. (It should match your selection from the Regional settings page.) Type your area code or city code and any number you might need to dial to get an outside line. You can also select either tone or pulse dialing on this page as well.

Date and Time Settings - This section of Setup allows you to verify that the correct date, time and time zone are entered and whether or not the system should adjust itself automatically at the daylight savings times events each year.

Network Settings - The next section of setup deals entirely with installing the Windows XP Professional networking components on your system.

Installing Windows XP Professional networking components involves the following processes:

Detect network adapter cards - The Setup Wizard detects and configures any network adapter cards installed on the computer. By default, it attempts to locate a DHCP server on the network. If none is found it will use an Automatic Private IP Addressing (APIPA) IP address. (The APIPA IP address feature of Windows XP Professional automatically configures a unique IP address from the range to and a subnet mask of when TCP/IP is configured for dynamic addressing and a DHCP server is not available.)

Select networking components - The Setup Wizard prompts you to choose typical or customized settings for networking components.

The Typical (selected by default) installation includes the following options:

  • Client For Microsoft Networks. Allows your computer to access network resources.
  • File And Printer Sharing For Microsoft Networks. Allows other computers to access file and print resources on your computer.
  • QoS Packet Scheduler. Helps provide a guaranteed delivery system for network traffic, such as Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) packets.
  • Internet Protocol (TCP/IP). Allows your computer to communicate over local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs). TCP/IP is the default networking protocol.

You can install other clients, services, and network protocols during the Windows XP Professional installation by choosing CUSTOM, but it is recommended that you wait until after the installation has completed to add additional services. (The exception would be if the lack of these services would prevent the system from coming online to your network properly upon restart.)

Workgroup or Computer Domain - This section allows you to choose to join a domain for which you have administrative privileges or to join a local workgroup. You can create the computer account in the domain you are joining ahead of  time or during installation. (The Setup Wizard prompts you for the name and password of a user account with authority to add domain computer accounts if you elect to create the account during the Windows XP Professional installation).

After installing the networking components, Setup starts the final steps of the installation process, which include;

  • Install Start menu items - Shortcuts that will appear on the Start menu are installed and configured during this stage.
  • Register components - The configuration settings that you specified earlier during the install are configured now.
  • Save the configuration - The Setup Wizard saves your entered configuration settings. Once the system is restarted, the computer uses this configuration by default.
  • Remove temporary files - Any files used by the Setup Wizard that are no longer needed are deleted.
  • Restart the computer - The computer is automatically restarted. This is the final step of the Setup Wizard.

This article was originally published on Apr 11, 2002
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