Microsoft Windows XP

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Windows XP Overview

Windows XPCodenamed Whistler, Microsoft Windows XP is short for Windows Experienced and utilizes the Windows NT kernel. Microsoft originally had plans to release an updated version of Windows 2000, along with Windows XP. In the end, Microsoft ended up deciding to shelve that project and release Windows XP by itself, making it a convergence of consumer and business operating systems.

Windows XP is available in the below versions:

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

Windows XP is designed more for users who may not be familiar with all of the Windows features and has several new abilities to make the Windows experience easier for those users.

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 Home and Professional System Requirements
October 25, 2001
Computer: 100% IBM Compatible
Processor: 233 MHz or faster processor
Memory: 64 MB RAM
Recommend 128 MB
Drives: 1.5 GB hard drive space
CD-ROM or DVD Drive
Sound: Sound Card recommended
Video: SVGA Video Card
Controls: Keyboard and Mouse
operating system: Upgrade requires Windows 98, 98 SE, or ME.
DirectX: DirectX 8.1 Included.
Other: - DVD requires DVD decoder with 8 MB video RAM.
- Video capture feature requires 400 MHz or faster processor.
Price: Upgrade = $90 - $110.00
Professional = $290 - $310.00