Windows XP facts for kids
|Part of the Microsoft Windows family|
|The wordmark of Windows XP|
|Initial release||1999 (as a beta version/Microsoft Windows Codename Whistler)
August 24, 2001 [info]
|Stable release||5.1 (Build 2600: Service Pack 3) (April 21, 2008info]) [|
|Source model||Closed source, Shared source|
|License||Proprietary commercial software|
|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 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.
The system requirements for Windows XP Home and Professional editions are:
|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|
|Drives||CD-ROM or DVD-ROM||CD-ROM or DVD-ROM|
|Devices||Keyboard||Keyboard and mouse|
|Others||Sound card, speakers, and headphones||Sound card, speakers, and headphones|
Service Pack 2
Service Pack 3
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