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Windows XP is a line of operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>
The name "XP" stands for e XP erience. It was codenamed " Whistler ", after Whistler, British Columbia, as many Microsoft employees skied at the Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort during its development. Windows XP is the successor to both Windows 2000 Professional and Windows Me, and is the first consumer-oriented operating system produced by Microsoft to be built on the Windows NT kernel (version 5.1) and architecture.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>
Two separate 64-bit versions of Windows XP were also released, Windows XP 64-bit Edition for IA-64 ( Itanium ) processors and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition for x86-64. Windows XP is known for its improved stability and efficiency over the 9x versions of Microsoft Windows. It presents a significantly redesigned graphical user interface, a change Microsoft promoted as more user-friendly than previous versions of Windows.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>
Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows XP was released on September 9, 2002. It contains post- RTM security fixes and hot-fixes, compatibility updates, optional.NET Framework support, enabling technologies for new devices such as Tablet PCs, and a new Windows Messenger 4.7 version.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>


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  • The new welcome screen during the kernel boot removes the subtitles "Professional", and "Home Edition" since Microsoft introduced new Windows XP editions prior to the release of SP2.<a href="#hdng0">(More...)</a>



<a name="hdng0"></a>The new welcome screen during the kernel boot removes the subtitles "Professional", and "Home Edition" since Microsoft introduced new Windows XP editions prior to the release of SP2. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Two separate 64-bit versions of Windows XP were also released, Windows XP 64-bit Edition for IA-64 ( Itanium ) processors and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition for x86-64. Windows XP is known for its improved stability and efficiency over the 9x versions of Microsoft Windows. It presents a significantly redesigned graphical user interface, a change Microsoft promoted as more user-friendly than previous versions of Windows.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> In July 2006, Microsoft released Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs, a version of Windows XP Embedded which targets older machines (as early as the original Pentium). It is only available to Software Assurance customers. It is intended for coporate customers who would like to upgrade to Windows XP to take advantage of its security and management capabilities, but can't afford to purchase new hardware.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Windows XP Service Pack 2 includes the Windows Security Center, which provides a general overview of security on the system, including the state of anti-virus software, Windows Update, and the new Windows Firewall.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> SP3 will be downloadable via the Windows Update Center. A feature set overview has been posted by Microsoft and details new features available separately as standalone updates to Windows XP, as well as features backported from Windows Vista, such as black hole router detection, Network Access Protection, and Windows Imaging Component.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> " Microsoft posts new Windows XP SP3 build for public download ", Computerworld, IDG, 2008 - 02-19.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> After an outcry from security consultants who feared that denying security updates to illegal installations of Windows XP would have wide-ranging consequences even for legal owners, Microsoft elected to disable the new key verification engine.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Currently Microsoft provides security updates to Windows XP without validating if it is legal.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> " Key generator " programs, commonly called " keygens ", exist to randomly generate Windows XP product keys (thus, there are no longer any commonly used keys to block) and then activate Windows without contacting Microsoft. These may or may not allow the user to receive updates although Microsoft has allowed major security updates to be downloaded and applied through Windows Update and its downloads site, even in pirated or non-genuine copies of Windows.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> In light of the United States v. Microsoft case which resulted in Microsoft being convicted for abusing its operating system monopoly to overwhelm competition in other markets, Windows XP has drawn fire for integrating user applications such as Windows Media Player and Windows Messenger into the operating system, as well as for its close ties to the Windows Live ID service.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> The system was introduced by Microsoft to curb unauthorized distribution of Windows XP. Activation requires the computer or the user to activate with Microsoft within a certain amount of time in order to continue using the operating system.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Windows XP is a line of operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> The name "XP" stands for e XP erience. It was codenamed " Whistler ", after Whistler, British Columbia, as many Microsoft employees skied at the Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort during its development. Windows XP is the successor to both Windows 2000 Professional and Windows Me, and is the first consumer-oriented operating system produced by Microsoft to be built on the Windows NT kernel (version 5.1) and architecture.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> The green loading bar in Home Edition was replaced with the standard blue bar, seen in Professional and other versions of Windows XP, making the line of operating systems resemble each other.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> In December 2005, the Korean Fair Trade Commission ordered Microsoft to make available editions of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 that do not contain Windows Media Player or Windows Messenger. Like the European Commission decision, this decision was based on the grounds that Microsoft had abused its dominant position in the market to push other products onto consumers.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Microsoft also released Windows XP Embedded, an edition for specific consumer electronics, set-top boxes, kiosks/ ATMs, medical devices, arcade video games, point-of-sale terminals, and Voice over Internet Protocol ( VoIP ) components.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Several third party utilities exist that provide hundreds of different visual styles. Another Microsoft-created theme, called " Royale ", was included with Windows XP Media Center Edition, and was also released for other versions of Windows XP.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Windows XP Media Center Edition has additional multimedia features enhancing the ability to record and watch TV shows, view DVD movies, and listen to music.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> The other, called Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, supports the x86-64 extension of the Intel IA-32 architecture. x86-64 is implemented by AMD as "AMD64", found in AMD's Opteron and Athlon 64 chips, and implemented by Intel as "Intel 64" (formerly known as IA-32e and EM64T), found in Intel's Pentium 4 and later chips.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Service Pack 2 (SP2) (codenamed "Springboard") was released on August 6, 2004 after several delays, with a special emphasis on security. Unlike the previous service packs, SP2 adds new functionality to Windows XP, including an enhanced firewall, improved Wi-Fi support, such as WPA encryption compatibility, with a wizard utility, a pop-up ad blocker for Internet Explorer 6, and Bluetooth support.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows XP was released on September 9, 2002. It contains post- RTM security fixes and hot-fixes, compatibility updates, optional.NET Framework support, enabling technologies for new devices such as Tablet PCs, and a new Windows Messenger 4.7 version.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> On August 10, 2007, Microsoft announced a minor update to Service Pack 2, called Service Pack 2c (SP2c). The update fixes the issue of the lowering number of available product keys for Windows XP. This update will be only available to system builders from their distributors in Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Professional N operating systems.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

Service Pack 2 only checks for the same small list of commonly used keys as Service Pack 1. While Service Pack 2 will not install on copies of Windows XP which use the older set of copied keys, those who use keys which have been posted more recently may be able to update their systems.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Microsoft has announced that it plans to release Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) to businesses on April 21, 2008 and to the general public on April 29, 2008.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> As per Microsoft's posted timetable, the company will stop general licensing of Windows XP to OEMs and terminate retail sales of the operating system on June 30, 2008, 17 months after the release of Windows Vista.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> An exception was announced on April 3, 2008, for OEMs installing to subnotebooks or UMPCs either until June 30, 2010, or one year after the availability of the next client version of Windows, code-named Windows 7 " whichever date comes later. On April 14, 2009, Windows XP will begin its "Extended Support" period that will last for 5 years until April 8, 2014.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> There are three main types of Windows XP licenses: Retail, Volume (VLK), and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> A Windows Genuine Advantage notification indicating a failed validation. While product activation and licensing servers are common for business and industrial software, Windows XP gave many casual computer users their first introduction to it, under the name "Windows Genuine Advantage" (WGA).<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Windows XP analyzes the performance impact of visual effects and uses this to determine whether to enable them, so as to prevent the new functionality from consuming excessive additional processing overhead. Users can further customize these settings. Some effects, such as alpha blending (transparency and fading), are handled entirely by many newer video cards.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Some users "patch" the uxtheme.dll file that restricts the ability to use visual styles, created by the general public or the user, on Windows XP.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

An edition of Windows XP was produced for a class of specially-designed notebook/laptop computers called tablet PCs.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Windows XP Tablet PC Edition is designed to run the ink-aware Tablet PC platform.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Diagram representing the main editions of Windows XP. It is based on the category of the edition (grey) and codebase (black arrow).<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Luna refers only to one particular visual style, not to all of the new user interface features of Windows XP as a whole.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Critics have claimed that the default Windows XP user interface (Luna) adds visual clutter and wastes screen space while offering no new functionality and running more slowly.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Luna is the name of the new visual style that ships with Windows XP, and is enabled by default for machines with more than 64 MiB of video RAM.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> In addition to the Windows XP system requirements, Service Pack 2 requires an additional 1.8 GB of free hard disk space during installation.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Unverifiable material may be challenged and removed. Windows XP has been criticized for its susceptibility to malware, viruses, trojan horses, and worms.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Support for Windows XP without a service pack ( RTM ) ended on September 30, 2004 and support for Windows XP Service Pack 1 and 1a ended on October 10, 2006. Mainstream support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 will end on April 14, 2009, four years after its general availability.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Windows XP adds the ability for Windows to use "Visual Styles" to change the user interface.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

From security to digital photography, from games to networking, learn how to use the features and technology that come with Windows XP.<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsxp/default.mspx" TARGET="_blank" [2]</a> Visit the Expert Zone community for tips and advice from friendly experts and to connect with Windows XP users like you.<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsxp/default.mspx" TARGET="_blank" [2]</a> Find out how to troubleshoot common (and not-so-common) problems using Windows XP.<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsxp/default.mspx" TARGET="_blank" [2]</a>

Windows XP gives you the freedom to do what you want at home and at worksimply, reliably, and more securely.<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/" TARGET="_blank" [3]</a> DNS problems are common. Using this handy guide you can quickly see how you can test to see if your system is "ok" and resolving names to IPs properly. Tweaking XP: Windows File Protection and SP2 Tweaking XP: Windows File Protection and SP2 Date - Dec 14, 2004 Author - Robert J. Shimonski In this article we will cover a quick hack to the Windows XP Registry.<a href="http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Windows_XP/" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> Backing up the Registry in Windows XP is simple, painless and can save you a headache when you need that backup. Building and Using a Windows XP Boot Disk Building and Using a Windows XP Boot Disk Date - Nov 30, 2004 Author - Robert J. Shimonski In this article we will learn how to make a boot disk for a Windows XP system.<a href="http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Windows_XP/" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a>

Windows XP SP2 New Security Features Review Windows XP SP2 New Security Features Review Date - Apr 21, 2004 Author - Amit Zinman Visual review of the new security features Microsoft is planning for Windows XP Service Pack 2. This article focuses on my experience with installing the current Beta v.2082 of SP2 so things may change by the time of release. I do not go over Internet Explorer changes in this article since they deserve a separate article.<a href="http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Windows_XP/" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a>

Protect yourself against viruses, hackers, and worms, download Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/sp2/default.mspx#" id="L_117090" onclick="return MS_HandleClickopnbrktthis,'C_57203', trueclsbrkt;">Protect yourself against viruses, hackers, and worms, download Windows XP Service Pack 2 opnbrktSP2clsbrkt </a> Help fight spyware.<a href="http://support.microsoft.com/ph/1173" TARGET="_blank" [5]</a>

In addition to the included XP themes, there is one previously unreleased XP theme with a black taskbar and window bars similar to Windows Vista titled "Royale Noir" available for download, albeit unofficially. Microsoft officially released a modified version of this theme as the "Zune" theme; the only difference being the color of the start button (from black to orange).<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Some users switching from Windows 9x to XP disliked its lack of DOS support.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

Gaining Speed: Empty Prefetch on your XP System Gaining Speed: Empty Prefetch on your XP System Date - Apr 28, 2005 Author - Robert J. Shimonski A little known tweak that can help you gain some performance on your XP Professional (and Windows Server 2003) related systems is to periodically empty the prefetch folder. The prefetch folder is used to help speed up the loading of programs; XP will load programs it thinks you need before you ask for them yourself.<a href="http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Windows_XP/" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> As changes are made to your system from installing applications and other software, the Window File Protection (WFP) system works to keep XP running and not introduce anything that may cause the system to become unstable, a curse of older Windows based operating systems.<a href="http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Windows_XP/" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a>

One way to greatly simplify the troubleshooting process is to use Windows XP's GPRESULT tool. In this article, I will introduce you to this tool and show you how to use it.<a href="http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Windows_XP/" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a>

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  • Retail licenses, those purchased from a retail store in full packaging, are of two sub-types: "Upgrade" and "Full Purchase Product", often abbreviated by Microsoft as FPP. FPP licenses are transferable from one computer to another, provided the previous installation is removed from the old computer.<a href="#hdng1">(More...)</a>

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<a name="hdng1"></a>Retail licenses, those purchased from a retail store in full packaging, are of two sub-types: "Upgrade" and "Full Purchase Product", often abbreviated by Microsoft as FPP. FPP licenses are transferable from one computer to another, provided the previous installation is removed from the old computer. Although upgrade licenses are also transferable, a user must have a previous version of Windows even on the new computer to which they are moving the installation. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> All OEM customers must include support and contact information for the initial installation of Windows because it is the responsibility for the OEM to support the Windows installation, and is not provided by Microsoft to the end-user. Direct OEMs must create their own media, but have the option of creating their own custom recovery solution, which may or may not be similar to a generic installation.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> OEM installations can be customized using the Microsoft OEM Preinstallation Kit with branding, logos, additional applications, optional services, alternate applications for certain Windows components, Internet Explorer links, and various other customizations.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Recently Microsoft removed the WGA verification from the installer for Internet Explorer 7 saying that the purpose of the change was to make IE7 available to all Windows users.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> In order to be able to download and install SP3 Release Candidate 2 via Windows Update or Microsoft Update, a script must be installed and any earlier version of SP3 must first be removed.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

Newer Critical Security Updates may still be installed with the update hidden. However this setting will only have effect on the existing version of Notifications, so it can appear again as a new version. As of 2006, Microsoft is currently involved in a class action lawsuit brought forth in California, on grounds that it violated the spyware laws in the state with its Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications program.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> A range of cracks and cracked versions of WGA exist, enabling a computer running a non-genuine copy of Windows to be detected as a genuine Windows system and access all appropriate Microsoft updates and enhancements.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> In March 2004, the European Commission fined Microsoft "497 million ( US$ 603 million) and ordered the company to provide a version of Windows without Windows Media Player. The Commission concluded that Microsoft "broke European Union competition law by leveraging its near monopoly in the market for PC operating systems onto the markets for work group server operating systems and for media players".<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Unlike that decision, however, Microsoft was also forced to withdraw the non-compliant versions of Windows from the South Korean market. This decision resulted in Microsoft's releasing "K" and "KN" variants of the Home and Professional editions in August 2006.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Microsoft occasionally releases service packs for its Windows operating systems to fix problems and add features.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

If the user's computer system ever changes" for example, if two or more relevant components of the computer itself are upgraded" Windows may refuse to run until the user reactivates with Microsoft.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> OEMs may provide a recovery partition on the hard drive as the custom recovery solution rather than providing disc-based media with the computer. Some end-users have found this to be a troublesome option, because in the event of an out-of-warranty hard drive failure, they may not have access to reinstall Windows on a new hard drive.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Service Pack 2 added new security enhancements include a major revision to the included firewall which was renamed to Windows Firewall and is enabled by default, advanced memory protection that takes advantage of the NX bit that is incorporated into newer processors to stop some forms of buffer overflow attacks, and removal of raw socket support (which supposedly limits the damage done by zombie machines ).<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Beginning with Service Pack 1, Microsoft's active attempts to search out and blacklist known pirated VLK product keys became well known due to the inability to install the service pack on a system with one of the blacklisted keys. Later, this led into to the Windows Genuine Advantage program.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Having a system tested and approved will allow the manufacturer to bear the "Certified for Windows" logo sticker on the exterior of the system, and there are additional benefits for having a tested product. This includes the product's being listed on the Windows Marketplace. Because of the fees and extensive requirements, Microsoft acknowledges that smaller system manufacturers may not opt in to the program until they produce computer systems at a modest rate and on recurring designs.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> WGA for Windows was followed by verification systems for Internet Explorer 7, Windows Media Player 11, Windows Defender, and Microsoft Office 2007.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

" Microsoft rolls out third public XP SP3 build ", Computerworld, IDG, 2008 - 03-25.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Although XP comes with the ability to run DOS programs in a virtual DOS machine along with the COMMAND.COM program from MS-DOS, XP still has trouble running many old DOS programs. This is largely due to the fact that it is NT-based and does not use DOS as a base OS.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

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<a name="hdng2"></a>The newest version of Windows is now available! Choose the edition designed for the way you use your PC, from home to business. <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsxp/default.mspx" TARGET="_blank" [2]</a> Windows Vista is available in two editions for business: Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Enterprise.<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsxp/default.mspx" TARGET="_blank" [2]</a>

Download Windows Vista Hardware Assessment today to see if your existing computers are ready for Windows Vista.<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsxp/default.mspx" TARGET="_blank" [2]</a> Get the information you need to develop applications for Windows Vista at this MSDN Developer Center.<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsxp/default.mspx" TARGET="_blank" [2]</a>

Windows Vista Business edition is the definitive choice for your small business.<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/" TARGET="_blank" [3]</a> Windows Vista provides powerful tools to better manage your midsize business.<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/" TARGET="_blank" [3]</a> Windows Vista makes it easier, safer, and more entertaining to use your PC virtually anytime and anywhere.<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/" TARGET="_blank" [3]</a> Windows Vista Enterprise offers powerful tools for your desktop infrastructure.<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/" TARGET="_blank" [3]</a>

Windows Mobile phones enable you to send and receive e-mail, browse the Internet, and work on mobile versions of Microsoft Office software.<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/" TARGET="_blank" [3]</a> Microsoft Windows Automotive 5.0 is an open software platform providing original equipment manufacturers, suppliers, and developers with the building blocks they need to create a broad range of solutions.<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/" TARGET="_blank" [3]</a> Windows Marketplace is your one-stop shop for software and hardware that work with Windows.<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/" TARGET="_blank" [3]</a> Windows Server 2008 is the most advanced Windows Server operating system yet, designed to power the next generation of networks, applications, and Web services.<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/" TARGET="_blank" [3]</a> Windows Live is a new set of services that brings your online world together.<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/" TARGET="_blank" [3]</a> Windows Media Player 11 offers great new ways to store and enjoy all your music, video, pictures, and recorded TV.<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/" TARGET="_blank" [3]</a> Windows Home Server helps families centralize and connect their digital "stuff," making it easy to securely share and access important files, photos, videos, and music.<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/" TARGET="_blank" [3]</a>

The Games for Windows platform offers publishers and gamers the most enjoyable and innovative gaming experiences available on a PC.<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/" TARGET="_blank" [3]</a>

<a href="http://www.windowsecurity.com">Network Security & Information Security resource for IT administrators.</a> WindowsNetworking.com <a href="http://www.windowsnetworking.com">WindowsNetworking.com</a> Windows Server 2008 / 2003 & Windows Vista networking resource site.<a href="http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Windows_XP/" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> With Windows Movie Maker, you can use your computer to create and edit home movies with a few simple drag-and-drop moves.<a href="http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/windows/en-US/usingwindowsxp.mspx" TARGET="_blank" [6]</a> Windows Messenger lets you instantly communicate with friends and family all around the world from your computer, using text chat and even voice and video.<a href="http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/windows/en-US/usingwindowsxp.mspx" TARGET="_blank" [6]</a> With its fast and flexible playback features, Windows Media Player makes it easy to enjoy your favorite music and movies whenever you like.<a href="http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/windows/en-US/usingwindowsxp.mspx" TARGET="_blank" [6]</a>
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1. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank">Windows XP - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia</a>
<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP" TARGET="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP</a>

2. <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsxp/default.mspx" TARGET="_blank">Windows XP: Home Page</a>
<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsxp/default.mspx" TARGET="_blank">http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsxp/default.mspx</a>

3. <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/" TARGET="_blank">Microsoft Windows</a>
<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/" TARGET="_blank">http://www.microsoft.com/windows/</a>

4. <a href="http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Windows_XP/" TARGET="_blank">Windows XP</a>
<a href="http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Windows_XP/" TARGET="_blank">http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Windows_XP/</a>

5. <a href="http://support.microsoft.com/ph/1173" TARGET="_blank">Windows XP Solution Center</a>
<a href="http://support.microsoft.com/ph/1173" TARGET="_blank">http://support.microsoft.com/ph/1173</a>

6. <a href="http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/windows/en-US/usingwindowsxp.mspx" TARGET="_blank">Windows Help and How-to: Using Windows XP</a>
<a href="http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/windows/en-US/usingwindowsxp.mspx" TARGET="_blank">http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/windows/en-US/usingwindowsxp.mspx</a>

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