Windows XP

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Windows XP is Windows operating system available for personal computer, which was produced by Microsoft. Windows XP is a part of the Windows NT family of operating system, which is available for home and business computers. The meaning of "XP" is "Experience". Windows XP is the first Windows operating system for customers that uses Windows NT5.1 framework, but support for Windows XP ended on April 8, 2014. As an operating system succeeding to Windows Me and Windows 9X, Windows XP is quite popular among different computer users. Windows XP still remain popular and occupy a large market share even after the release of new Windows operating system version like Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10, etc.

History of Windows XP

Windows XP is operating system which was developed based on Windows 2000. Windows XP was designed with graphical user interface, namely "Luna".

In 2000, Microsoft began to develop Windows Whistler.
In October, 2001, Jim Allchin, the vice-president of Microsoft, show Windows XP to public. In the same year, Microsoft released Windows XP’s two editions, namely Windows XP Home edition and Windows XP Professional edition.
On September 25, 2002, Microsoft released the Service Pack SP1 for Windows XP.
In 2004, Microsoft spent 300 million in releasing Service Pack SP2 for Windows XP.
In 2005, Microsoft released Windows XP 64 bit edition and Windows Server 2003 edition, which support Intel and AMD 64 bit desktop processor.
In April, 2008, Microsoft released Server Pack SP3 for Windows XP. At the same time, Microsoft announced that this is the last time that they provide upgrade for Windows XP.
On April 8, 2014, Microsoft announced that support for Windows XP ended.

Interface and Features of Windows XP

Windows XP has some new visual appearances compared to the previous Windows versions.

1. Desktop:

Windows XP has a graphical user interface named "Luna".

2. Task Manager

Compared with Windows 2000 and Windows Me, Windows XP Task Manager does not have too many changes. Windows XP Task Manager conforms to "Luna" interface. Users can press Ctrl + Alt + Delete keys to access Task Manager in Windows XP.

3. Start menu

Windows XP uses two-column layout, which shows frequently used applications, recently opened documents, etc.

4. Windows Explorer

Windows Explorer in Windows XP has full color interface.

Windows XP Editions

Windows XP was released to manufacturing on August 24, 2001 and it was released for retail sale on October 25, 2001. Microsoft released two Windows XP 32 bit editions, namely Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Home Edition. Windows XP 64 bit was released on March 28, 2003. In 2005, Microsoft sequentially released Windows XP Media Center Edition and Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.

1. Windows XP 32 bit

>> Windows XP Home Edition – Since XP Home Edition was released for home PC users, the functions of this edition has some limitation. For example, Windows XP Home Edition does not have group policy, remote desktop, EFS file encryption, multi-language, etc. Windows XP Home Edition only supports 1 CPU, 1 display and 1 processor.

>> Windows XP Professional – This edition is usually used in enterprise and professional persons. Windows XP Professional provides comprehensive functions. It supports dual CPU system.

>> Windows XP Media Center Edition – This edition is also available for personal computers including HP Media Center computer and Alienware Navigator series.
In addition to what mentioned above, Windows XP 32 bit version also include Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows XP N, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs.

2. Windows XP 64 bit
Based on different microprocessor framework, Windows XP 64 bit includes Windows XP IA-64 bit and Windows XP X86-64 bit.

Some Keyboard Shortcuts on Windows XP

Below are some keyboard shortcuts on Windows XP, with which you may accomplish different tasks more efficiently on your computer:

1. Windows:

Windows – open "Start" menu
Windows + Break – open "System Properties" dialog box
Windows + D – show "Desktop"
Windows + M – minimize the window
Windows + E – open "Windows Explorer"
Windows + F – search files or folders
Windows + R – open "Run" dialog box

2. Ctrl:

Ctrl + D – Delete
Ctrl + S – Save
Ctrl + W – Close program
Ctrl + O – Open
Ctrl + X – Cut
Ctrl + C – Copy
Ctrl + V – Paste
Ctrl + F – Search
Ctrl + A – Select All
Ctrl + B – Bold
Ctrl + I – Italic
Ctrl + U – Underline

3. Alt:

Alt + Space + C – Close the window
Alt + Space + N – Minimize the window
Alt + Space + X – Maximize the window
Alt + Tab – Switches between top-level windows

4. Shift:

Shift + DeleteDelete permanently without moving to recycle bin

Support for Windows XP Ended

Windows XP has 12 years of history, but Microsoft stopped providing updates and supporting for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. Among all Windows operating systems, Windows XP has the longest history and owns the most users’ it can no longer meet all users’ demand along with the coming of big data era. Although the support for Windows XP ended in 2014, many PC users still like to use Windows XP.

Windows XP Malfunctions and Error Fixing

You probably meet various kinds of problem in Windows XP due to different reasons. Here are some common issues on Windows XP and solutions for error fixing on Windows XP:

1. Windows XP Blue Screen of Death

Blue screen of death is a problem that could occur on all Windows platform and some other device like iPhone. Windows XP might shows blue screen of death due to many reasons such as virus infection, software conflict, hardware conflict, and more. Therefore, you can run anti-virus software to remove virus or uninstall the software that causes blue screen of death on Windows XP to fix the problem. If the problem still exists, the most effective way is to reinstall Windows XP operating system, but you should remember to backup data before system reinstalling in order to avoid data loss.

2. Windows XP system crash

Another problem you may meet on Windows XP is system crash. When Windows XP system crashes, you may meet different issues on your PC, such as:

>> PC reboots automatically

>> Computer turns off without any warning

>> Windows XP stops responding and your computer freezes up suddenly

>> Cannot open any program or website

3. Windows XP cannot recognize external disk

As you know, you can connect different kinds of removable disk to Windows XP computer for data storage, backup or transferring. However, you may find that Windows XP cannot recognize external hard drive or other device like memory card, flash drive, pen drive, etc when you connect it to your computer. Windows XP may fail to detect any storage media due to system crash, virus infection, broken USB port and more other unknown reasons. You can take proper measure to fix the problem based on the reasons that cause the problem on your computer.

4. Windows XP runs slowly
Every Windows PC will run more and more slowly since more and more data has been stored to your computer. If your computer really runs slowly, probably there are too many junk files on your computer or the system partition runs on low disk space. If you are not sure the reason why computer runs so slowly, you can reinstall Windows XP system to resolve the problem.

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