Windows XP is a powerful operating system that makes it easy to browse the Web, read e-mail, share pictures from your digital camera, listen to digital music, and much more. Whether you are upgrading a computer with an earlier operating system or installing Windows XP on a new computer, you can enjoy Windows XP in just a few hours. To get Windows XP running and ready to use on your PC 1. Upgrade to or install Windows XP. If you currently have an older version of Windows, such as Windows Me, Windows 98, or Windows 2000, you can easily upgrade to Windows XP. After upgrading, your programs, files, and settings will be exactly where you left them. If you have a new computer, or if you want a clean installation on your existing computer, you can perform a new installation of Windows XP and transfer your files and settings later. 2. Configure your network settings. If you didn't join a network when you installed Windows XP, you can connect to the Internet or your home network after you complete the setup. Connecting to a network allows you to browse the Web, read e-mail, listen to digital audio on your home stereo, watch recorded TV on your television, and play games online. 3. Choose your language. If you didn't configure your preferred language during installation, you can configure it after setting up Windows XP. If you are multilingual, you can configure multiple languages and easily switch between them. Each person in your house can have his or her own individual language settings, too. You can also customize regional preferences, such as how currency and the date and time are displayed. 4. Activate and register Windows XP. Activation confirms that your copy of Windows is genuine (rather than counterfeit), and registration allows Microsoft to notify you of new products, updates, and special offers. If you didn't activate Windows XP during installation, you need to do so within 30 days in order to continuing using it. 5. Validate Windows XP. Validating Windows XP is an optional step that gives you access to hundreds of free downloads from the Microsoft Download Center. 6. Transfer files and settings. If you installed Windows XP on a new computer, you can transfer your files and settings from your old computer to your new Windows XP computer. After transferring your files and settings, your new computer will feel just like your old computer, but with all the benefits of Windows XP. 7. Create user accounts. Everyone who uses your computer should have their own user account so that they can have personalized settings and private files. If you did not create a user account for everyone in your family during installation, you can add users after Windows XP is set up. Each user can have separate languages, programs, settings, and documents. Once Windows XP is set up, you and your family can enjoy everything Windows XP has to offer.