Windows 2000: tuning the new OS

So-called Plug and Play hardware has not always been quite as simple as advertised. Often, when you first plug in a USB device under Windows 98, you have to check the folders in the installation CD-ROM until you find the right driver. Windows 2000 is smarter about finding drivers: it'll sweep through all the folders in any drive you point it to during an installation. In the Found New Hardware Wizard, select the source for drivers (say, your A: floppy drive or CD-ROM drive), and wait for Windows 2000 to find the right driver. If you don't have an installation disk, you still may not be out of luck. Windows 2000 has built-in drivers for much hardware that Windows 98 did not - such as Imation SuperDisk drives. If Windows 2000 doesn't include the driver that you need, and the manufacturer does not provide it, you may still be able to substitute a downloaded Windows 98 driver for some devices.

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