The most popular operating system is Microsoft Windows. The newest version is Windows XP. Well show you how to install Windows XP on your system. And, well demonstrate installing Linux, a free operating system available over the Internet. Boxed versions of Linux are also available for purchase. If your connection to the Internet is a slow dial-up connection, youll probably want to purchase Linux in a retail box. Or else have a friend with a faster DSL or cable modem connection download the Linux CDs for you. Well also show how to install a dual boot operating system.
When purchasing your Windows operating system, be sure to purchase it as OEM software when you purchase your mainboard. OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. Microsoft allows its software to be purchased for slightly less if the software is being purchased with a new system or hardware components.
When buying main components for your new system, such as a mainboard, youll have the opportunity to purchase OEM software. (This is why if you purchase Microsoft software on eBay, for example, the seller might send along an old hard drive. Microsofts licensing agreement demands that the software only be sold with original equipment to build a system.)
When you purchase your mainboard, be sure to examine the vendors selection of OEM software and determine if there is anything you wish to purchase.
If you forget to purchase some OEM software that you want, just purchase some low-priced component, such as a small hard drive, and youll be able to buy the OEM software then.
OEM software is usually better than upgrade software. For example, Windows 98 OEM CDs will boot from the CD, while Windows 98 upgrade CDs wont. Plus, upgrade CDs will inspect your system for a prior version of Windows. Or, youll need to insert your disk from your previous operating system to perform the install. So, if you upgraded from Windows 95 to Windows 98, dont throw out your Windows 95 CD! In the near future, Microsoft plans to stop supporting Windows 98. Id recommend Windows XP or Windows XP Professional for your new system.
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