Windows XP is a version of Microsoft Windows, released by Microsoft in 2001-08-24. It is the successor to Windows 2000 and the predecessor of Windows Longhorn/Vista. A 64-bit version, based on Windows Server 2003, was made on 2005-04-25.
Windows XP includes new visual style: Luna, where users could change the way windows and buttons looked with the new style. It had three color schemes, on blue, green and silver. Users could still select the Classic theme from previous versions of Windows, and customize the preset Windows Classic schemes.
The introduction of ClearType, an anti-aliasing function allowed easier text on desktop computers with LCD-TFT monitors and laptops. It also had an effect on CRT monitors.
A taskbar is locked by default for new user accounts, to prevent accidental resizing or moving of the taskbar and the toolbars. Multiple instances of an application are grouped automatically and inactive tray area icons are hidden automatically.
- Starter cannot launch more than 3 programs at a time and can utilize only up to a maximum of 512MB RAM. This version is meant for low-cost PC's.
- Home Edition is for low to mid end PC's and can address up to 4GB RAM.
Professional is the mainstream high end version.
- 64-bit Edition was intended for 64-bit PC's and thus could address far more RAM amounts, and for Itanium-based computers.
- Professional x64 Edition was the AMD64 Edition, based on Windows Server 2003.
- Media Center Edition was made specially for Media Center based PC's. System requirements are significantly higher than other editions.
- Embedded is intended for the embedded sectors.
- Tablet PC Edition was included in tablets from 2002-2006. It was the tablet-optimized version.
- N, K and KN Editions; N version was made for the European markets and did not include Windows Media Player; K version was made for the Korean markets and included two shortcuts to Korean websites by default.