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For the record, once I insert a USB device while the computer is on, I do not need a restart, right? If I wanted to connect an external cd-rw, I don't have to restart the computer if I have windows 98 SE?
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Jenn050402 earned 20 total points
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rdn98,
If the device is automatically detected when you plug it into the USB port it will install itself. Unless you get a screen saying to restart you should be set to go.

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by:wlennon
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As long as the software is loaded, you will not have a porblem.  As Jenn said above it will still need the software for that device.
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by:rayt333
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You need to read the installation instructions for each device, most requires the software to be installed BEFORE you hook the device to the USB port. And some software installation will require a reboot before you actually hook up the device.
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by:magarity
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Correct, USB is hot-swappable and can be plugged in and removed while the computer continues to run.  One point others have missed is that with a drive device like a CD-RW you will want to be sure to warn Windows you are going to remove it.  Right-click the drive in My Computer and select 'eject'.  This will make it open the drawer to remove the currently inserted disk, but if you don't do this step, not all the last written data may be flushed to the disk.  If the data is still in Windows' write cache, you will lose it if you just pull the plug.

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