What is Windows XP?
Windows XP is an operating system produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, and media centers. It was first released in August 2001, and is currently one of the most popular versions of Windows. The name “XP” is short for “eXPerience.”
If you are upgrading to Windows XP from a previous version of Windows, you will be given the choice to “Upgrade” or to “Install a New Copy”. UITS recommends selecting “Install a New Copy”, since merely upgrading can cause your system to become unstable. Back up your important files to a DVD, CD, flash drive, or Zip disk before installing a new operating system.
Released on October 25, 2001, Microsoft Windows XP is a widely used and supported operating system. Though other versions of Windows XP exist, the two most commonly used versions are:
- Home Edition, which is intended to succeed the Windows 95, 98, and Me family
- Professional Edition, which is intended to succeed the Windows NT and 2000 family.
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