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Windows XP Professional Edition

The New Standard for Efficient and Dependable Computing

Windows XP Pro box

The features in the table below illustrate why the Windows XP Professional operating system is the best choice for businesses of all sizes. Windows XP Professional integrates the strengths of Windows 2000 Professional, such as standards-based security, manageability, and reliability, with the best business features of Windows 98 and Windows Millennium Edition, such as Plug and Play, simplified user interface, and innovative support services. This combination creates the best desktop operating system for business. Whether your business deploys Windows XP Professional on a single computer or throughout a worldwide network, this new operating system increases your computing power while lowering cost of ownership for desktop computers.
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Fresh Visual Design

Allows the most common tasks to be exposed easily, helping users get the most of out of Windows XP Professional.

Adaptive User Environment

A cleaner work environment allows the user to be more efficient. Users can find the crucial data and applications they need quickly and easily. All of these settings can be controlled using Group Policy, so IT administrators can decide what features are most appropriate for their environments.

Work with Rich Media

Windows Media™ Player for Windows XP is the first player to combine all of your common digital media activities into a single, easy-to-use player. The player makes it easy for you to:
  • View rich media information, for example, virtual company meetings or "just-in-time" learning
  • Receive the best-possible audio and video quality, because the player adapts to network conditions
  • Tune in to nearly 3,000 Internet radio stations
  • Create custom CDs up to 700 percent faster than other solutions
  • View DVD movies

Context-sensitive Task Menus

When a file is selected in Windows Explorer, a dynamic menu appears. This menu lists tasks that are appropriate for the type of file selected.

Integrated CD Burning

Archiving data onto CD is now as easy as saving to a floppy disk, and does not require an expensive third-party solution.

Easily Publish Information to the Web

Users will be able to publish important information to Web servers on the company’s intranet.


A single computer desktop can be displayed on two monitors driven off of a single display adapter. With a laptop computer, a user could run the internal LCD display as well as an external monitor. A variety of high-end display adapters will support this functionality for desktops.


Helps users and administrators configure, optimize, and troubleshoot numerous Windows XP Professional functions.

Remote Desktop

Allows users to create a virtual session onto their desktop computers using the Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP).

Credential Manager

A secured store for password information. It allows users to input user names and passwords once, and then have the system automatically supply that information for subsequent visits.

Offline Files and Folders

A user can specify which network-based files and folders she needs when she disconnects from the network. Offline folders can now be encrypted to provide the highest level of security.


Microsoft ClearTypeŽ display technology offers a clearer display of text on a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) screen.

Offline Viewing

Customers can view critical Web pages while disconnected from the Internet.

Synchronization Manager

Lets users compare and update their offline files and folders with those on the network.

Improved Power Management

Users will be able to work longer on battery power and more accurately forecast how long their batteries will last.


Users can maximize battery life, and still be able to quickly resume working where they left off, reducing downtime.

Hot docking

Lets you dock or undock your notebook computer without changing hardware configuration or rebooting.

Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI)

Provides the latest in power management and Plug and Play support.

Wireless networking support

Provides secured access, as well as performance improvements, for wireless networks.

Network Location Awareness

Provides an underlying service that allows the operating system and applications to determine when a machine has changed network locations.

Easier remote access configuration wizards

Guide users through the steps for setting up remote access to a network or virtual private network (VPN).

Improved Help and Support Services

Users can quickly and easily find the answers they need, reducing help desk calls and increasing user satisfaction.

Remote Assistance

Will reduce the amount of time system administrators spend at users' desks. Many administrative and troubleshooting tasks can now be done from the administrators' own desks.

System Restore

The System Restore feature enables users and administrators to restore a computer to a previous state without losing data. System Restore automatically creates easily identifiable restore points, which allow you to restore the system to a previous time.

Recovery Console

Provides a command-line console for administrators to start and stop services, format drives, read and write data on a local drive, and perform many other administrative tasks.

Device Driver Rollback

If a new device driver is causing Windows XP Professional to malfunction, an administrator can easily reinstall the previous driver.

Windows Messenger

Provides users with great platform for online conferencing and collaboration.

Internet Connection Firewall

Small business owners will be able to securely connect their Windows XP Professional computers to the Internet.

Network Setup Wizard

Small businesses can get a productive and secure network up and running without relying on network experts.

Network Bridge

Small businesses have more flexibility when choosing network media and do not need to purchase extra equipment, such as bridges and routers.

Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)

Small business owners can connect their computer systems to the Internet with a single Internet connection, resulting in potential savings in ISP and hardware costs.

Peer-to-peer networking support

Small business owners can easily integrate Windows XP Professional into existing peer-to-peer networks.
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