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October 29, 2011

Windows XP more than a decade old Operating System

Last August 24, 2011 was the 10th year anniversary of Windows XP, ten years ago, Windows XP Launched to the public, changing the way we used our computers.

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August 24, 2001 was the day Microsoft released Windows XP to Manufacturers, this was a huge leap forward for the company, they finally had a consumer operating system running on the NT kernel. Bill Gates and Jim Allchin had a small ceremony where they signed off the Gold Edition and sent it to OEM's via helicopter.

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Windows XP became a big success very quickly, the operating system was running on 80% of the PC's across the world by 2002. Even today the OS runs on 40% to 50% of all PC's.

Microsoft Windows XP SP1 in a Nutshell

  • Improved program compatibility
  • USB 2.0 support added
  • Improved FireWire support
  • Many stop errors addressed
  • Latest security hole fixes (Hot fixes)

Microsoft Windows XP SP2 in a Nutshell

  • More improved program compatibility
  • Security issues with Internet Explorer addressed
  • Microsoft's Security Center makes sure your computer is not vulnerable to viruses and exploits
  • Internet Explorer now includes pop-up blocking and ActiveX blocking
  • Many more stop errors addressed
  • Latest security hole fixes (Hot fixes)

Microsoft Windows XP SP3 in a Nutshell

  • NX APIs for application developers to enable Data Execution Prevention for their code, independent of system-wide compatibility enforcement settings
  • Turns black hole router detection on by default
  • Support for SHA-2 signatures in X.509 certificates
  • Network Access Protection client
  • Group Policy support for IEEE 802.1X authentication for wired network adapters.

When Windows 7 shipped in September 2009, more than 80 percent of Microsoft's desktop OS install base was on XP. What A stunning achievement.

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