How to Install Computer Hardware

Level of difficulty: Intermediate

Hardware contributes to the proper function of your computer system whether it is the processor or the RAM. Hardware is required in order to accomplish certain tasks. Each and every component adds another functionality level to the user’s computing experience. Using the Windows XP Operating System, it is very simple to install a new hardware into the computer. It is also quite easy to troubleshoot the installation when something goes wrong.

Materials Needed:
- Windows XP
- Hardware Components
- Tools
- Appropriate cables
- Drivers
Step 1
The installation and troubleshooting of hardware into a computer system using the Windows XP Operating System involves having to turn off the computer and unplugging it in order to avoid being electrocuted in the process.
Step 2
Upon doing so, open the tower of the desktop computer using the proper tools such as a screwdriver. Separate the case of the CPU or central processing unit from that of the motherboard housing. It is also recommended that you have knowledge on properly putting back the disassembled computer parts after the hardware installation.
Step 3
Having done this, insert the hardware into the appropriate slot located in the motherboard. For instance, the new graphics card should be placed into the PCI slot and the RAM would have to be put in one of the assigned RAM slots. Make sure that you press firmly so that connection is good.
Step 4
Close the computer case upon the finishing the installation. Reconnect all the computer cables, plug and then restart the computer.
Step 5
Once the computer has finished booting up and Windows XP loads, insert the disc in the disk drive. Follow the installation disc’s provided instructions.
Step 6
Understand that there are a number of hardware solutions that are equipped with capabilities for plug and play. They no longer require you to turn off the computer so that they could be installed. You could just plug them into the computer and the Windows Operating System automatically detects the hardware and enables it.
Step 7
For the purpose of ensuring that you are making the proper procedures at installing the hardware, always read the instruction and guidelines of the manufacturer.
Step 8
The setup CD that comes with the hardware has the drivers needed in making your installed hardware function. Oftentimes, Windows XP is capable of finding drivers in its database. If you have the setup CD, use it by all means.
Step 9
Lastly, when troubleshooting certain problems that might arise, contact the customer service department of your hardware manufacturer. When you are not technically proficient, do not attempt to fix issues by yourself.