The Windows eXPerience operating system is available as home and professional edition and are similar suitable for the use on standalone computers.
The home edition is suitable for user which worked with Windows 9x/ME till now and don't need special network or security features in theire environment. If the user have used Windows NT/2000 private, in business or both, the Professional Edition is not only with a view of the administration optimally.
Microsoft already encloses 10,000 drivers on the installation media of Windows XP, about the Windows update further more 2,000 drivers are available. The Professional Edition of Windows XP has more network features than the Home Edition. An update of Windows 9 x/ME is possible, with Windows NT/2000 only the Professional Edition can be used for update.
Optional FAT32 and NTFS are available as a file system for the installation partition. Windows XP (Windows version 5.1) becomes a predecessor of Windows 9x/ME as well as Windows NT/2000 and is available for 32-bits CPUs in the following versions: - Embedded - Home Edition (1 CPU) for private user (Oct. 2001) - Professional Edition (2 CPU) for business user (Oct. 2001) - Media Center (1 CPU) especially for multimedia devices (Nov. 2002) - Tablet PC Edition especially for Tablet PCs (Nov. 2002) - Server Edition (4 CPU) - Advanced Server (8 CPU), also 64-bit Intel CPUs - Microsoft Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs (July 2007) A 64-bit version of Windows XP was announced officially of Microsoft in April 2003.
The RC2 was available in February 2005. Windows XP Professional x64 was published in April 2005. At most 16 gbyte RAM are utilizably with that, the virtual address range enlarges to 16 tbyte. Same will be the product activation at all versions, which is needed at every new installation or extensive upgrade of the PC devices. Company customers can use an so-called Corporated version by a special licensing option without this product activation.
As the most visual innovation the revised Windows interface with the new design is well done, the design called Luna (as of beta 2428) can display window elements in high colour. The return to the interface as of Windows 2000 is further possible. The representation and organisation of the central registry is quit the same as used in Windows 2000.
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