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Deborah Timmons is a Microsoft Certified Trainer and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. She came into the Microsoft technical field after six years in the adaptive technology field, providing technology and training for persons with disabilities. She is the President and co-owner of Integrator Systems Inc.

Patrick Timmons is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer + Internet. He has been working in the IT industry for approximately 15 years, specializing in network engineering, and has recently completed his Bachelor of Science degree, with a Major in Computer Science. Patrick is the CEO of Integrator Systems Inc., a company based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.Patrick and Deborah have four children--Lauren, Alexander, James and Katherine who take up a lot of their rare spare time.Integrator Systems Inc. designs and implements network solutions based on Microsoft and 3Com technology, produces custom applications based on customer needs, provides local and remote network troubleshooting and support, and provides courseware, training, and consultants to various horizontal and vertical markets. Integrator Systems is a Microsoft Certified Partner and 3Com Focus Partner. 

Windows XP provides support for various types of input devices. Everything from standard keyboards, USB mice, scanners, cameras, and game controllers can be used. Device compliancy can be from old standards such as PS/2 and AT connectors or serial ports, or it can be based on newer technologies such as USB or IEEE 1394 and other HID-compliant devices.
By default, when Windows XP is installed, there is only one hardware profile (Profile 1 for desktop computers, and Docked for portable computers). The default hardware profile loads all available drivers.
Here are top 10 questions and answers with explanation for the basics of implementing, administering and troubleshooting devices, and drivers in Windows XP.
Objective is to provide an understanding of 1. Configure and troubleshoot the TCP/IP protocol,available network clients and services and NWLink, AppleTalk and DLC.
When one is discussing networks today, we are referring to many ways that systems can be configured to communicate with each other. These lines of communication can take place over a network adapter, dial-up connection, the Internet, a VPN (Virtual Private Network), or over a simple direct cable connection.
File and Print Sharing for Microsoft Networks provides the ability to allow other computers to access resources, over a Microsoft network, on your system. This service is installed and enabled by default on a per connection basis. This service is the equivalent of the Windows NT 4.0 Server service.
Microsoft’s implementation of TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol) is installed by default upon installation of Windows XP. TCP/IP is the most commonly used network protocol in the world today and is supported by all major operating systems.
The LAN connection is created by default when you install Windows XP and have a network card present. When you open the properties of the connection (Figure 5.3) you are then able to configure your network connection. From this dialog box, you can configure you network adapter or install, uninstall, and configure network clients, services and protocols.
Once your DUN connection is created, you can manage its properties by right-clicking the new Dial-Up Connection and selecting Properties. There are five tabs in the Properties menu:
Top 10 questions and answers on Windows XP Network Protocols and Services.