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Windows XP
Part of the Microsoft Windows family
Windows XP wordmark.svg
The wordmark of Windows XP
Microsoft Corporation
Initial release 1999 (as a beta version/Microsoft Windows Codename Whistler)
August 24, 2001; 18 years ago (2001-08-24) [info]
Stable release 5.1 (Build 2600: Service Pack 3) (April 21, 2008; 11 years ago (2008-04-21)) [info]
Source model Closed source, Shared source
License Proprietary commercial software
Kernel type Hybrid
Update method Windows Update
Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)
System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)
Platform support IA-32, x86-64 and Itanium
Preceded by Windows 2000 (2000)
Windows ME (2000)
Succeeded by Windows Vista (2007)
Support status
Support ended on April 8, 2014

Windows XP is a version of the Microsoft Windows operating system. It is for personal computers. Microsoft released Windows XP on October 25, 2001. XP came after Windows 2000 and Windows Me. It was replaced by Windows Vista. The letters "XP" stand for eXPerience. Windows XP was the second most used computer operating system in the world as of April 2012. Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP on April 8, 2014.


Windows XP Home Edition is an edition that was made for home users. Windows XP Professional was made for business users. It had advanced management features. Windows XP Media Center Edition was for people who edit videos and pictures a lot. Another special edition of XP is called the Tablet PC Edition, for pen-based laptops.

An edition 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 was also a separate edition for 64-bit Itanium computers: Windows XP 64-bit Edition Version 2002. On the feature level, it is different from Windows XP Professional. There is no activation needed in this edition. It was later succeeded by Windows XP 64-bit Edition Version 2003 on March 2003.

There is a Windows XP Starter Edition. That was sold mostly in developing countries. The price was low, because Microsoft wanted to fight the high software piracy rate in those countries. It could only be bought with a new computer.

System requirements

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

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 Keyboard and mouse
Others Sound card, speakers, and headphones Sound card, speakers, and headphones

Related pages

Service Pack 2

Service Pack 3

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