Verify that the hardware resources have multiple partitions.
Verify that the hardware resources meet or exceed the published minimum requirements.
Complete a full backup of all important files and data.
Overwrite any data currently contained on the drive to remove all contents.
Verify that the hardware resources are certified to work with the existing operating system prior to upgrading.
full access to source code
Software often available free
Can be expensive to purchase
support normally user-based and often free
Structured development cycle
Physically connects a computer to a network
Provides a permanent address to a computer
identifies the network to which a computer is connected
Identifies the logical address of a networked computer and uniquely identifies it to the rest of the network
Identifies the device that allows local network computers to communicate with devices on other networks
Partitions are necessary in multi-boot installations.
A hard drive can be divided into an operating system partition and a data partition.
User data is never overwritten when a drive is partitioned.
A disk partition is a defined section of an operating system.
Each partition requires a different file system type
Each computer receives a permanent IP address.
A network administrator enters information on each computer.
Each computer requests configuration information from a server.
An NIC automatically provides configuration information to the computer and stores that configuration information.
Required hard disk space
Recommended amount of RAM
Type of accelerated graphics card
processor type and speed
Uninstall and then reinstall Lesson TaskMaster.
Download, install, and apply a patch from Dell.
Download, install, and apply a patch from Microsoft
Download, install, and apply a patch from ChalkBoard.
Install updates from the Windows Update web site.
Notify me but don’t automatically download or install them.
Download updates for me, but let me choose when to install them.
A list of troubleshooting links
The end-user license agreement
A list of installed hardware devices
The date of the last Windows update
The operating system version number
Prompt for permission
The computer name must be unique for all computers on the same network.
The operating system must be the same on all computers on the same network
The amount of installed RAM must be the same on all computers on the same network.
The operating system must have the latest patch applied during the installation or it will not participate in the network.
Power off the computer and reinstall the CPU.
Delete Windows XP and perform a clean install.
Reinstall Windows XP to the same hard drive partition.
Download and install the Windows patch that fixes this problem.
Replace the Intel processor with one that is approved by Microsoft.
How much does the operating system cost and does the college have funding?
Is the technical support staff at the college able to support the operating systems being considered?
Do the operating systems being considered have the ability to support the ports available on the faculty computers?
What types of applications do the faculty use and are they compatible with the operating systems being considered?
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