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Windows XP
Part of the Microsoft Windows family
Microsoft Corporation
Initial release1999 (as a beta version/Microsoft Windows Codename Whistler)
August 24, 2001; 19 years ago (2001-08-24) [info]
Stable release5.1 (Build 2600: Service Pack 3) (April 21, 2008; 12 years ago (2008-04-21)) [info]
Source modelClosed source, Shared source[1]
LicenseProprietary commercial software
Kernel typeHybrid
Update methodWindows Update
Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)
System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)
Platform supportIA-32, x86-64 and Itanium
Preceded byWindows 2000 (2000)
Windows ME (2000)
Succeeded byWindows Vista (2007)
Support status
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.[2] Windows XP was the second most used computer operating system in the world as of April 2012.[3] 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.

System requirements

The system requirements for Windows XP Home and Professional editions are:[4]

Minimum Recommended
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
Devices Keyboard and mouse Keyboard and mouse
Others Sound card, speakers, and headphones Sound card, speakers, and headphones

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Service Pack 2

Service Pack 3

Further reading

Preceded by
Windows 2000
Windows Versions
Succeeded by
Windows Vista