Chapter 1. Introduction to Windows XP

Windows XP represents a new page in the Windows book. Microsoft has changed the interface yet again. There are new features to encounter, and Windows XP brings a new level of reliability and stability with it. However, Windows XP isn’t just an upgrade of the interface that adds some new widgets to play with; it also contains new features within the operating system kernel. While Microsoft based Windows XP on Windows 2000 technology, they’ve learned a lot since the Windows 2000 release. The one feature of Windows XP that everyone is sure about is that there are no longer two code bases for Windows. (The operating system code for Windows 9x is completely different from the operating system code for Windows NT ...

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