Windows XP Professional

At A Glance

Publisher
Microsoft

Web
www.microsoft.com

Status
Unavailable, Supported

Introduced
25-Oct-2001

Latest
SP3

Design
GUI, Multi-threaded

Type
Workstation, (replaces Windows 2000)

Details

Summary

Windows XP is the follow on to Windows 2000 for corporate 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
25-Feb-2010 XP SP2 Support ends July, 13, 2010
29-Apr-2008 XP SP3 released
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)

Requirements

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

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

Downloads
SP3 Home and Download page

Links
Microsoft
Windows XP Support
XP Solution Center
Press and Corporate Information
Developers
Sysinternals Advanced System Utilities
Microsoft Technet resources for IT
Windows Life Cycle Facts

Books
XP Categories: All – Using – Solutions – Fixing – Development – MCSE

Publisher

Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052 USA

Phone 1-206-635-7000 (support)
Web: www.microsoft.com

Support
Yes

Alternatives
Windows Vista Business, Windows 2000, Linux, and Solaris

Secrets
Setup Switches

Pricing
Retail price: $299
Upgrade price: $199

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