Windows® XP System Requirements
What are the benefits of using Windows® XP as the operating system? What are its minimum system requirements?
Windows® XP is one of the most popular operating systems from Microsoft®, for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, and media centers. Released in 2001, it is the successor to both Windows® 2000 and Windows® Me. In 2006, it was succeeded by Windows Vista®.
In this article, we discuss the various benefits of Windows® XP and the minimum system requirements for installing it:
- Minimum system requirements for installing Windows® XP
- Software popularly used on Windows® XP
- Benefits of using Windows® XP
Minimum system requirements for installing aWindows® XP
Minimum system requirements for installing Windows® XP One should not get confused between minimum requirements and actual requirements. While minimum requirements are the benchmarks that must be attended to run the operating system, actual requirements vary and get more demanding depending upon the extra applications that you may want to install. For Windows® XP, the minimum hardware requirements include Intel® Pentium® 233-300 megahertz (MHz) processor or faster, at least 64-128 MB of RAM, 1.5GB of available space on the hard disk, CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, keyboard and a mouse or some other compatible pointing device, video adapter and monitor with Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher resolution, and sound card and speakers or headphones. This should get you started with the multimedia experience on Windows® XP.
Software popularly used on Windows® XP
Software popularly used on Windows® XP Though the Windows® XP platform is robust, supporting most applications and software, there are certain specific software that will make your experience using the operating system rich and smooth. Software like Microsoft® Office, Windows Media Player®, MSN®, Microsoft® Windows Live®, Internet Explorer® 8, avast! Antivirus, VLC Media Player, Skype™, Winzip®, Winamp®, Java™, Apple® QuickTime® and iTunes®, Nero Essentials, Picasa, Adobe® Photoshop®, and Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® etc. run well on the operating system and let you multitask and make the most of your hardware.
Windows® XP is regarded as one of the most-widely used and user-friendly operating systems around. Compared to the other operating systems in the Windows® line, Windows® XP has introduced a number of new features and benefits for its users. These include faster startup and hibernation sequences, and more user-friendly interface, including the framework for developing themes for the desktop environment and fast user switching. Other benefits include the ability to discard a newer device driver in favor of the previous one, known as driver rollback, remote desktop functionality and ClearType font rendering mechanism, which is designed to improve text readability on liquid crystal display (LCD) and similar monitors. It also offers support for most DSL modems and IEEE 802.11 connections, as well as networking over FireWire and Bluetooth®.