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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Microsoft Windows 8 by Paul McFedries

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Device Advice I: Installing Hardware

Software installation is usually a painless operation that often requires just a few mouse clicks on your part. Hardware, however, is another story. Not only must you attach the device to your machine—which might even require that you remove the cover to get inside the computer—but you also have to hope Windows 8 will recognize the device and set it up correctly.

To ensure that your device and Windows 8 get along famously, check the box it came in to see whether it says anything about being compatible with Windows 8. If it is, then you shouldn’t have any problems. If the box tells you that the device was designed for Windows 7, then you’re still probably okay.

Understanding Hardware Types

Although thousands ...

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