Now it's time to choose a
password for the administrator account. The administrator account is a default
account created when XP is installed. It has all possible rights and privileges
within Windows XP on your specific computer. Given that using Windows
authentication, it is quite possible for several people to log onto the same
computer remotely (i.e. over the internet or from another computer on a home
network) using the same user account, It is highly recommended that you choose a
secure password for your administrator account and note it down.
Ensure the date and time
settings are correct.
After another installation period, the XP
setup will prompt you to specify your networking settings. These specify the default
settings of your network adaptors, and whether certain Windows services such as file
sharing are enabled.
Unless you already have a
home network set up with specific IP settings or you know exactly what you are
doing, the best approach here is to accept the 'typical settings', as these will
enable you to quickly configure your cable or DSL internet connection after the
installation is complete, and include the ability to share files over a network
connection if required.
If you are using
XP Professional, you will be asked to specify a workgroup or domain for
your computer to join, while users of XP Home will only have the workgroup option, since
XP Home computers cannot join Windows 2000 or 2003 domains.
A workgroup is
a simple logical grouping of peer computers close to one another, while a domain
is an enterprise level logical structure supported by servers, which is way, way
beyond the scope of this article. If you have a network in your home, check the
network settings of the other computers for the workgroup name.
Your system will now finalize
the installation. Sit back and read the tips.
Eventually your system will restart
and load XP for the first time. There are a few other things that need
setting up before installation is complete. XP will now check to see if your
system is already connected to the Internet.
If you are
using a cable Internet connection, or you have a home network with Internet sharing through
software or a router, you may already be connected at this point. Otherwise, fill
in the necessary information for your connection. XP will prompt
you to activate it over the Internet. At this point in the install, it is recommended not
to activate it.
Wait until you have used the computer for a few hours and verified
that everything is working. You will get plenty of reminders to activate XP, so
skipping it now is not an issue.