Add-ons in Windows® XP
Need and benefits of Windows® XP add-ons. How does it affect system performance?
The Windows® XP operating system came in two major editions to the market; Windows® XP Home Edition and the Windows® XP Professional Edition. The Windows® XP Operating System needed just a simple system configuration of 233 MHz processor, 64 MB of RAM and 1.5 GB hard disk space. Windows® XP came as successor to the older Windows® 98 and Windows® 2000 operating systems. The add-ons are additional patches that can be added to the existing software to improve its function and usability. The add-ons improve the performance, look, and feel of using the system and so forth. The add-ons can be searched online and downloaded by the user. The add-ons to the existing system makes the system more user friendly and improves the function of the Windows® XP operating system in the following ways.
- Improves presentation
- Improve the functionality of the system
- Need of good hardware configuration
The Windows® XP system comes with the built in Windows® XP theme, this can be upgraded to Windows Vista® or the Windows® 7 theme, it is popularly known to be the Windows® Longhorn update. It provides a similar desktop presentation to that of the Windows Vista®. The Longhorn has the capability of featuring more than a single desktop. The user can switch between the different desktops by a key combination of the Windows® key. The presentation and the layout of the operating system would change including the start up screen; there are several private freeware that enable the user to choose the desired changes that need to be enabled.
Improve the functionality of the system
The add-ons to the system improves the functionality of the system, the add-ons are capable of making the system more user friendly with the shortcut and keys as well as installing new application. The use of new and improved application makes the system more efficient, new codec, and plug-in can be provided in the add-ons such as in multimedia application to work with audio and video files. The add-ons can also include tool bars on the web browsing window enabling user to browse pages faster and perform quick search.
The addition of add-ons to the system improves the features and the functionality of the system, thus improving the throughput of the user, but it must be ensured that the system should not degrade in hardware performance. The installation of add-ons can provide new changes in the appearance and the interaction of the system. This can take a toll on the memory and the processing power of the system. The system must have configuration such that addition of plug-ins do not hinder the performance of the system.