hardware profile

Hardware Profile is a information about the configuration of devices and services that are used to boot an operating system into a certain configuration.

What is Hardware Profile?

Information about the configuration of devices and services that are used to boot an operating system into a certain configuration. A hardware profile tells the operating system which devices are present when the computer boots.

You can create several different hardware profiles on Microsoft Windows operating systems and select the one you want to use at boot time. For example, if Windows 98 is installed on a laptop computer, you can create two hardware profiles for that computer:

  • A profile for when the computer is docked and connected to the network. (The profile will contain configuration information for the network adapter.)
  • A profile for when the computer is undocked and used in the field. (The profile will contain no configuration information about networking.)

When the laptop is booted, you select the appropriate hardware profile from a menu generated by the operating system.

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Hardware profiles are usually not necessary for plug and play laptops running Windows 98. These computers can recognize when new hardware becomes available (for example, by docking) and automatically configure themselves.