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Microsoft Windows XP
Category: Abandoned Windows systems- client releases

In 2001, the operating system Windows XP (code name Whistler) was launched on the market, which combined the previously developed separate lines of operating systems for home users (Windows 3.1, 95, 98, Me) and professionals (Windows NT, 2000). Microsoft has used the kernel of Windows NT 5.1 in its new product, which has been migrated to the home users' products, replacing the old 16-bit solutions. Windows XP is Microsoft's longest-serving version of operating systems - it was present on the market from 2001 to 2007, when it was replaced by Windows Vista in the consumer market. Together with SP3, Windows XP was supported by Microsoft until April 8, 2014.


In XP, Windows activation appeared for the first time to prevent piracy. However, it was quickly broken by computer pirates. Windows XP was also the first system to support a 64-bit processor architecture. It was also the first fully multimedia-based system to support TV cards and tuners. Windows XP was supposed to be user-friendly, which proves that it had many useful multimedia applications and interesting solutions already at the start, which were missing in Windows 98 or were commissioned, e.g. in Windows ME. They mainly included integration of multimedia or organizational tasks with the explorer, user switching capabilities, support for LCD and TrueType monitors. Windows XP introduced a new Luna interface, animations, shadows (e.g. cursor, icons), and fully 32-bit icons. The system has gained great success on the market and has been recognized by many as the best ever.


The development of Windows XP started in 1999 under the name Windows Neptune. However, as early as the beginning of 2000, work on Neptune stopped and preparations for the Whistler project started. Work on the system took 18 months, from December 1999 to August 2001. The operating system was launched on October 25, 2001.


Windows XP was released in seven editions:


  • Home Edition-version for home users

  • Professional- version for advanced and small business users

  • Media Center Edition - multimedia edition of the system, containing a program for handling multimedia and TV cards

  • Tablet PC Edition - specifically for touch devices.

  • 64-bit Edition - a special edition of the system dedicated to processors with 64-bit architecture.

  • Fundamentals for Legacy PCs - a truncated version of the system for free, older computers

  • Starter - dedicated to the growing market, strongly limited, intended for beginners


Quick Review:
Type of product:

OS (Operating system)

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Minimal system requirements:

Free space on disk: 2 GB

CPU: 233-300 Mhz

RAM: from 64 to 128 MB

Type of interface:

GUI (graphical)

⦁ Additional informations about files:
BETA versions (developmental, unstable) are marked in gray,
Blue - official system editions,
Green for modifications and additions (if any)

If you have trouble choosing the right version of the system to download, please refer to the markings below:

⦁ OEM- version compatible with previously purchased devices / pre-installed system on a new computer, assigned to a PC motherboard. After damage or replacement of computer parts, your license is lost

⦁ SP- System image contains a package of fixes and updates. The higher the number, the more patches and updates contained in the system. The patches are called "Service Packs".

⦁ RTM- System version released on the day of release, straight from the production line. It does not contribute anything to the operation of the license.

⦁ Retail- sales version of the program.

⦁ [Polski]- Polish language version; [English]- English language version

⦁ x86 or 32-bit - system compatible with 32-bit processor architecture. They do not support 64-bit architecture. They can use up to 4 GB of RAM.

⦁ x64 or 64-bit - System compatible with 64-bit processor architecture. Some systems (older than Vista/7) do not support 32-bit systems

⦁ x86-64- Multi-architecture edition of the program. You can choose it if you do not know what CPU architecture your computer has.

⦁ VL/VolumeLicense- A system preinstalled on company computers, this license allows you to install the same system on multiple computers and use it simultaneously.

⦁ E- System version without Internet Explorer browser.

⦁ N- System version without media programs (Windows Media Center, Media Player)

⦁ Images called: "Home/Ultimate" are actually images that contain all editions: Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate

⦁ Multi-SKU: system image with multiple edits to choose from during installation. Multi-Format system

⦁ (chk): system image checked for errors during compilation (debug)

⦁ (alt): alternative system image to be downloaded, not different from the original, it is a copy/reupload

⦁ DMF: system image saved in a floppy disk format

⦁ CD/DVD: system image saved in a format designed for compact discs and DVDs.

⦁ ESD: file from digital or commercial distribution. To use it, it must be converted to an ISO file.

⦁ File preview icon:
                      IMG- floppy disk image. You can use it in a virtual machine, or use a special program to extract files.

                  ISO/MDF- ready to burn to disk, create bootable media or use in a virtual machine. It can also be used in a program to emulate virtual drives and discs.

      7Z, ZIP, RAR- compressed archive. To access the file, use a program to compress the files, e.g: WinRAR, 7-ZIP- please use file archiver program to open it.

To quickly find the image, press [Ctrl+F] on your keyboard and enter the keyword in the search field. This will highlight the images that contain the entered keyword.

Installation of these images is intended for advanced users. The following systems are published in the BETA (test) version. The installation may be problematic, the system may not work properly. Moreover, BETA versions may be unstable with drivers, programs and operation. They may have unfinished system functions. It is recommended to test the BETA version on a VM. If you have problems with the installation I recommend to consult the Beta Archive forum.

If you are looking for activation keys for Windows [Beta] installation images, click here, or use this address.

Images modified by the community will be taken from the website, which brings together advanced users and moderators (authors of system modifications). Modifications created by them can be lighter, cut out of some elements of the system, cleared of unnecessary services and optimized for operation on slower computers. Some images modified by the community can be password protected: to protect against misuse. It should be used to unzip some archives.