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A system for configuring a devices of a computer with minimal support by a user. Device information for the devices of the computer is collected to uniquely identify the devices and to describe the device characteristics associated with the operation of those devices with the computer. Computer resources, which support the functions of the devices within the computer, are allocated based upon this device information. This allocation process prevents a potential conflicting use of computer resources by the installed devices. A device driver, which enables communications between a corresponding device and the computer, is also identified and loaded for each of the devices in response to the allocation of computer resources.

Title
System for configuring a computer system
Application Number
250698
Publication Number
5748980
Application Date
December 13, 1994
Publication Date
May 5, 1998
Inventor
Pierre Yves Santerre
Bellevue
WA, US
Ralph A Lipe
Woodinville
WA, US
Agent
Jones & Askew
Assignee
Microsoft Corporation
WA, US
IPC
G06F 11/267
G06F 15/177
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