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|Part of the Microsoft Windows family|
|Initial release||1999 (as a beta version/Microsoft Windows Codename Whistler)|
August 24, 2001 [info]
|Stable release||5.1 (Build 2600: Service Pack 3) (April 21, 2008info]) [|
|Source model||Closed source, Shared source|
|License||Proprietary commercial software|
|Update method||Windows Update|
Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)
System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)
|Platform support||IA-32, x86-64 and Itanium|
|Preceded by||Windows 2000 (2000)|
Windows ME (2000)
|Succeeded by||Windows Vista (2007)|
|Support ended on April 8, 2014|
Windows XP is a personal computer operating system version of Windows made by Microsoft. Microsoft released Windows XP on October 25, 2001. XP came after Windows 2000 and Windows Me. It was replaced by Windows Vista which was also replaced by Windows 7. The letters "XP" stand for eXPerience. Windows XP was the second most used computer operating system in the world as of April 2012. Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP on April 8, 2014.
There are two common versions of Windows XP. Windows XP Home Edition is a version that was made for home users. Windows XP Professional was made for business users, with advanced management features. In addition, Windows XP Media Center Edition was for people who edit videos and pictures a lot. Another special version of XP is called the Tablet PC Edition, for pen-based laptops.
A version of Windows XP for 64-bit computers was released as Windows XP x64 Edition. It had all the features of Windows XP Professional, but was made to work on 64-bit computers instead of the older 32-bit computers.
There is also a Windows XP Starter Edition, that was sold mostly in developing countries, very cheap, because Microsoft wanted to fight the high software piracy rate in those countries. It is very limited and can only be bought with a new computer.
|Processor||233 MHz||300 MHz or higher|
|Memory||64 MB RAM (may limit performance and some features)||128 MB RAM or higher|
|Video adapter and monitor||Super VGA (800 x 600)||Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher resolution|
|Hard drive disk free space||1.5 GB||1.5 GB or higher|
|Drives||CD-ROM or DVD-ROM||CD-ROM or DVD-ROM|
|Devices||Keyboard and mouse||Keyboard and mouse|
|Others||Sound card, speakers, and headphones||Sound card, speakers, and headphones|
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- "Microsoft Announces Windows XP and Office XP". Microsoft PressPass. Microsoft. February 5 2001. http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2001/feb01/02-05namingpr.mspx. Retrieved 2006-05-13.
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- "System requirements for Windows XP operating systems". April 28, 2005. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314865. Retrieved 2007-03-12.
- The Microsoft Windows Website
- Windows XP end of support in April 8, 2014: Three more questions answered.
Service Pack 2
- Windows XP Service Pack 2
- Download - Windows XP Service Pack 2 from Windows Update for Home Users
- Download - Windows XP Service Pack 2 Network Installation Package for IT Professionals
- Order Windows XP Service Pack 2 on CD for the cost of shipping and handling
- Support - Windows XP Service Pack 2 Support Site for Home Users
- Support - Windows XP Service Pack 2 Support Site for IT Professionals
- Changes to Functionality in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2
Service Pack 3
- Download - Windows XP Service Pack 3 from Windows Update for Home Users
- Windows XP Service Pack 3 - The Washington Post
- Joyce, Jerry; Moon, Marianne (2004). Microsoft Windows XP Plain & Simple. Microsoft Press.