Installing the Operating System and Software
The following section discusses the operating system and HP software installation procedures.
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
The first time you turn on your workstation, you will be prompted to select a language for the operating
system. After selecting the language, read and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the
installation of the operating system. This takes approximately 10 minutes, depending on the system
hardware configuration. During the process, do not turn off your workstation unless you are directed to
Installing or Upgrading Device Drivers
To install hardware devices, such as a printer, a display adapter, or network adapter after the operating
system installation is completed, make sure that the operating system has access to the appropriate
software drivers for the devices. Device drivers are usually provided on a CD supplied with the peripheral
Some existing peripheral devices might not have been shipped with drivers developed for Windows XP.
To locate the most current device drivers, visit http://www.hp.com.
Creating a Restore Diskette
To create a restore diskette for Windows XP, go to Start>All Programs>Accessories>System
Tools>System Restore, and follow the on-screen instructions.
If you have a Linux-preinstalled workstation, follow the instructions in this section to set up your OS and
After the boot process completes, you can view additional HP Linux documentation by simply opening
your Internet browser (the browser is automatically set to use the local HP documentation page as its
default). You can also access Linux Web links for Red Hat (Internet access required) by using your
For additional information concerning the setup of Linux-preinstalled or Linux-enabled
workstations, refer to the HP User Manual for Linux , located at
For more information about HP and Linux, visit http://www.hp.com/linux.
Starting Up the Linux Operating System
The first time the workstation is booted, the Red Hat First Boot utility displays. This program enables you
to enter your password, network, graphics, time, and keyboard settings for your workstation.
When the automatic installation has begun, DO NOT TURN OFF THE WORKSTATION
UNTIL THE PROCESS IS COMPLETE. Turning off the workstation during the installation process might
damage the software that runs the workstation or prevent its proper installation.
28 INSTALLING OR RESTORING THE OPERATING SYSTEM