Windows XP, developed by Microsoft used on personal computers, also home and business desktops, laptops, and media centers. XP means eXPerience, given the codename "Whistler", after Whistler, British Columbia. Windows XP is the successor to both Windows 2000 Professional and Windows Me, first released on October 25, 2001. Succeeded by Windows Vista, which was released to volume license customers on November 8, 2006, and worldwide to the general public on January 30, 2007.Hardware and software requirements are minimal and simple.
Some of the most common editions of the operating system are Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional. Along with these two others are windows XP Media Center Edition ,windows XP Tablet PC Edition .Also two different 64-bit versions of Windows XP were also released, Windows XP 64-bit Edition for IA-64 (Itanium) processors and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition for x86-64.
Few things to keep in mind before installation: first, run the Setup program, checking hardware and software compatibility with the Windows XP Professional list, secure that the hard disk partition is enough to meet the space requirement. The hard disk should be partitioned with the FAT/FAT32 or NTFS file system. Confirm other required peripheral devices such as the CD-ROM drive, Network adapter card, keyboard, mouse, etc., are properly attached.
Basic hardware requirements to install windows XP can be summed up like this- Processor: Pentium II processor running at 233MHz or faster, 300MHz being recommended. RAM can be of 64MB or 128 MB, 1.5 GB free hard disk space is needed for the booting purpose,2 GB will b comfortable. Video card and monitor must have VGA resolution, network card has to be PXE-enabled or a network boot disk and network card for a network-based installation. For other appliances like CD-ROM or DVD drive for CD-ROM or DVD based installations, keyboard and a pointing device, respectively.
Software needed to start the installation is WINNT.EXE and WINNT32.EXE from the command line. WINNT is used for installation from a DOS or boot disk and Windows 3.0. WINNT32.EXE can be run from Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT 4, or Windows 2000 Professional command prompt. Several functions of WINNT.EXE are: it specifies the location of the Windows XP Professional source files. If the required files are not in the current folder, the location must be a full path of the form, indicates an identifier (id) that Setup uses to determine which values in the UDF file are used to override the