At a glance
unavailable, unsupported
GUI, Multi-threaded
Workstation, (replaces Windows Me)
Summary News Requirements Compatibility Interface Installation Variants
Versions Downloads Links Publisher Support Alternatives Secrets Pricing
Summary Windows XP is the follow on to Windows 2000, replacing Windows Me/98 for home users. It includes some components of Microsoft's new .NET initiative.

Improvements over previous Windows versions include communications, mobility, help, support, digital photo and video tools, music and entertainment, and Internet connectivity.
News 8-Apr-2014 XP SP3 Extended support ends
25-Feb-2010 XP SP2 Support ends July, 13, 2010
29-Apr-2008 XP SP3 released
Aug-2007 SP3 still panned for 1st half of 2008
Oct-2006 SP3 now planned for 1st half of 2008
9-Aug-2004 Windows XP SP2 Released
9-Sep-2002 Windows XP Service Pack 1 released
25-Oct-2001 Windows XP Released
24-Sep-2001 Microsoft to Release Oct-25

Aug-2001 Release Candidate 2 available
2-Jul-2001 Release Candidate 1 available
21-Mar-2001 Beta 2 Released
13-Feb-2001 Official Product Announcement
14-Aug-2000 Preview released to selected users
31-Oct-2000 First beta released (beta 1)
Product Windows XP
Processor Pentium or better, 233 MHz minimum, 300 MHz recommended
RAM 64 MB, 128 MB Recommended
Drive space 1.5 GB available hard disk space
Drives Runs from hard disk, and requires CD or DVD drive
Video SVGA or better recommended
File systems FAT, FAT32, NTFS
Compatibility Windows 16-bit programs (Windows 3.x type programs)
Windows 32-bit programs
Interface Uses a GUI interface. View Desktop
Installation Can be installed in its own primary partition on the first drive. When installing to any other partition (logical or primary) on any drive, a small portion must be installed in a bootable FAT or FAT32 primary partition on the first drive [Assumed if operates like Windows 2000]
Variants Windows XP Professional
Windows XP Home Edition
Windows XP Media Center
Windows XP Tablet Edition

Windows release timeline
Beta 1 - Oct-2000
Beta 2 - Mar-2001
RC1 - Jul-2001
RC2 - Aug-2001
Released - Oct-2001
SP1 - Sep-2002
SP2 Beta RC2 - Jun-2004
SP2 - Aug-2004
SP3 - Apr-2008

Downloads SP3 Home and Download page
Links Microsoft
Press and Corporate Information
Sysinternals Advanced System Utilities
Microsoft Technet resources for IT
Windows Life Cycle Facts
Books XP Categories: All - Using - Solutions - Fixing - Development - MCSE

Top titles

Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052 USA

Phone 1-206-635-7000 (support)

Support Yes
Alternatives Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Linux, and Solaris
Secrets Setup Switches
Pricing Retail price: $199
Upgrade price: $99

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