Windows XP (32-64 bits) Introduction
Windows XP was initially released in the year 2001, which changed the way people look at computers. Windows XP succeeded and was acclaimed by its users upon the release admiration of its friendly interface, and excellent performance including its better-developed hardware support. It is pertinent to mention here that the product activation system which came along with MS Windows 2000 was not well acknowledged.
During the time of the Windows XP release, it took the Microsoft Operating System users by storm. It did well in terms of customers satisfaction as well as business way, which is always a rare case. All the major features of Windows XP were greatly improved as compared to MS Windows’ previous releases.
People showed great interest in playing games on Windows XP, which was introduced with graphics, and even these days people for sake of rewinding that memory used to play those games. The main reason for playing games was its highly increased performance as well as its stability towards the rendering of graphics. The required improved hardware support was also a key element that users felt much more comfortable using compared to previous Operating Systems. Most people purchased it because of its user-friendliness and beautiful graphics that were introduced in those days.
One more beautiful feature of Windows XP was to safeguard its users when they opt for any malicious or unsafe attachment that possibly could let any virus or bug which creates Windows XP files corrupt and not work/ run. This very feature was very much liked by lay users, experts, or technically experienced persons.
Windows XP Features
Usually, Microsoft Windows Operating Systems have a Graphics Device Interface (GDI), which is an Application Programming Interface (API) that is used for sending the graphical objects to output devices including a monitor, printers, etc. This very Graphics Device Interface in Windows XP was replaced with a new version that was used to code in C++ programming language, which is called GDI+. Due to the introduction of GDI+, the text and images on computer screens looked very clear.
Infrastructural Changes Made to Windows XP
One of the most 2 prominent infrastructural changes which were introduced in Windows XP was i) Prefetch and ii) the Copy protection system. Prefetch was introduced to improve the application launch time and startup. It is specific software or set of files that are cached into the “Random Access Memory” (RAM) of the system. The main logic behind using it is to save most of the time in searching for mostly used files by caching it in RAM, which improves processing time and its output. Whereas, a copy protection system was introduced so that software or media on the system could not be replicated on the system for copyrights. It is also called Windows Product Activation. Upon assigning a unique id, the user used to activate the windows system. In case the windows do not get activated within the stipulated time or 30 days of their date of installation, the windows would not work.
System Requirements for Installation of Windows XP
The bare minimum requirements to install the said operating system is as under: –
- Microprocessor with 733 MHz (800 MHz recommended)
- RAM (1 GB)
- Disk Space Requirement (6 GB)
- Media Requirement (CD-ROM)
- Super Video Graphics Card
- Keyboard & Mouse (for input)
Windows XP Installation Requirements
To install Windows XP following steps need to be followed: –
- Press the download button given on this very page and wait for some time, the downloading process will start shortly and will be completed.
- Thereafter, there is a need to right-click on the right exe. file and then to opt. on “7-Zip”. Then select the option “Open Archive” followed by a “cab”.
- There will be shown 3 files by clicking on the “source” file, namely the xpm file, and the virtual drive folder will be opened.
- Then there is a need to extract the file given in the toolbar section, where all the files will move to another extracted folder just created.
- The user may download the virtual program and then run it accordingly. Upon downloading the virtual copy users should select “New”. Expert Mode must be chosen and the virtual machine can be named.
- Upon opening of the virtual machine, certain space among the virtual memory will be allocated between 512 MBs to 2048 MBs.
- Upon completion of the said above task, there is a dire need to release the allocated virtual memory. For the said purpose the user must fetch the virtual hard disk and allocate it to the virtual machine.
- Select the “Create” option followed by the previous step.
- After doing so users must choose the “System” option and then select the “Boot Order” option from the Hard Disk in BIOS.
- Users should select the “Display” option and then set the “Video Memory” option to adjust to 128 MB.
- Well going to the VirtualBox, there is a need for Network settings, which all must be set to the virtual machine and applied accordingly.
- Then there is a need to boot the latest installed Operating System and restart the virtual machine arriving on the black screen. There is a need of ignoring installation prompts that will come under their way, the user must go to “Devices”.
- Inside “Device Option0” the “Install Guest Addition CD Image” option needs to be selected and the default installation location needs to be selected by the user.
- After doing so, the system needs a restart, upon restarting user can successfully get a beautiful experience of Windows XP.
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