You’re going to need all of your strength

Which of these should be done first after installing Windows XP Professional x64?

A) Run Upgrade Advisor

B) Install all necessary applications

C) Perform a complete backup

D) Install service packs and monthly updates

E) Check with manufacturers for updated hardware drivers

F) Take a daily vitamin

The answer: D) Install service packs and monthly updates

The operating system installation really isn’t complete until the latest service packs and security updates are installed. Upgrade Advisor, a full backup, and the check for compatible hardware drivers should be performed prior to the upgrade. The installation of applications should occur after the operating system has been fully patched.

Want to know more? Watch “Installing Windows XP.”

Windows XP is one of the most popular operating systems around, and a CompTIA A+ certified professional will certainly be installing and managing many Windows XP desktops. In this video, we’ll step through a complete installation of Windows XP from beginning to end.