10/25/2022 at 00:01 by Henner Schröder – Windows XP is coming – that happened on October 25th. Every day, PC Games Hardware takes a look back at the young but eventful history of the computer.
… 2001: The Windows world is divided in two: Private users struggle with the technically outdated DOS add-ons Windows 95, 98 and Me, only a few – especially on professionally used work computers – can enjoy the modern Windows 2000, which is based on based on the NT kernel and is therefore more secure and stable. Despite its technical superiority, 2000 is not intended by Microsoft as a system for home users; it can certainly handle games and multimedia content, but the price is far too high for an average private computer.
On October 25, 2001, the two-class society was over: With Windows XP, Microsoft introduced the first operating system based on the NT kernel with 32-bit technology and intended for both professional and home users alike. Depending on the area of application, a distinction is made between the Home and Professional versions, but their technical basis is the same. XP, whose name is derived from the English word “experience”, combines the best elements of all its predecessors, and even if for many it is nothing more than a prettied Windows 2000 with its colorful Luna look, it becomes a huge success , which soon replaced all other versions of Windows. And this success lasted much longer than planned: Since the successor Longhorn only came onto the market after a delay in 2007 as Windows Vista and did not really catch on, the end of Windows XP was delayed several times; It was not until 2009, almost eight years after its introduction, that Microsoft stopped delivering and fully supporting the system. But even after that, XP lives on: in a virtualized version as part of its grandchild, Windows 7.
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