Windows XP

Updated: 10/30/2017 by Computer Hope

Windows XPOften abbreviated as XP, Microsoft Windows XP was codenamed Whistler and is short for Windows eXPerience. Windows XP is an operating system that was first released on October 25, 2001 by Microsoft and designed to help bridge the gap between Windows 9x/ME and Windows NT/2000. The Windows XP upgrade was available for Windows 98, ME, and 2000 users. The two primary versions of Windows XP are Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional.

Home Edition - Full or Upgrade, 32-bit only
Professional - Full or Upgrade, 32-bit or 64-bit

Windows XP is also available in Windows XP N and Windows XP Home Edition N, which are versions released by Microsoft as part of an agreement with the Europe's competition commissioner. In these versions of Windows XP, the user can choose their media player and download and install it on their computer.

New Windows XP features

Windows XP includes various new features not found in previous versions of Microsoft Windows. Below is a listing of some of these new features.

  • New interface - a completely new look and ability to change the look.
  • Updates - new feature that automatically obtains updates from the Internet.
  • Internet Explorer 6 - Includes Internet Explorer 6 and new IM.
  • Multilingual support - added support for different languages.
  • Increase reliability when compared to previous versions of Microsoft Windows.

Windows XP system requirements

233 MHz or faster processor
64 MB RAM Minimum (128 MB recommend)
1.5 GB hard drive space
CD-ROM or DVD drive
SVGA video card
100% compatible Microsoft keyboard and Mouse
Standard sound card for sound capability
Upgrade requires Windows 98, 98 SE, or ME.

What Windows came before Windows XP?

For the end user, Windows ME came before Windows XP.

What version of Windows came after Windows XP?

For the end user, Microsoft Windows Vista came after Windows XP.

Operating system terms, XP, XP2