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Windows XP Facts

Adam Rizvi
posted this on October 06, 2011 21:35

Here are a bunch of facts about Windows XP.


FACT: Microsoft launched Windows XP on Oct. 25, 2001.

FACT: Windows XP hides some system software you might want to remove, such as Windows Messenger.

FACT: XP has ClearType — Microsoft’s anti-aliasing font display technology — but doesn’t have it enabled by default.

FACT: You can run a program as a different user without logging out and back in again. Right click the icon, select Run As… and enter the user name and password you want to use

FACT: You cannot make any file or folder with name Con

FACT: Use the Windows key+ Tab to move through the taskbar buttons

FACT: In January 2006 over 400 million copies of Windows XP were in use.

FACT: Windows XP is the most widely used operating system in the world with a 58.4% market share

FACT: Many ATM machines use Windows XP

FACT: During development of Windows XP, the project was codenamed "Whistler".

FACT: There are more than 10 different versions of Windows XP

FACT: The minimum RAM recommendation for Windows XP is 64MB

FACT: There have been 3 service packs released for Windows XP

FACT: The name "XP" is short for "eXPerience

FACT: Retail sales of Windows XP ceased on June 30, 2008

FACT: There was a basic edition of Windows XP released called Windows XP Starter Edition. It is similar to Windows XP Home, but is limited to low-end hardware, can only run 3 programs at a time.

FACT: Windows XP is available in more than 50 languages

FACT: On April 8, 2014, all Windows XP support will be terminated from Microsoft

FACT: Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows XP was released on September 9, 2002

FACT: Microsoft holds more than 90 percent of the PC operating system market

FACT: In March 2004, the European Commission fined Microsoft €497 million (US$603 million) and ordered the company to provide a version of Windows without Windows Media Player

FACT: Use of Windows XP peaked at 76.1% in January 2007

FACT: Windows XP is heavily based on the Windows NT and 2000 core.