Windows XP is a personal computer operating system produced by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems. It was released to manufacturing on August 24, 2001, and broadly released for retail sale on October 25, 2001.
WINDOWS XP OPERATING SYSTEM
Development of Windows XP began in the late 1990s as “Neptune“, an operating system (OS) built on the Windows NT kernel which was intended specifically for mainstream consumer use. An updated version of Windows 2000 was also originally planned for the business market; however, in January 2000, both projects were shelved in favor of a single OS codenamed “Whistler”, which would serve as a single OS platform for both consumer and business markets. As such, Windows XP was the first consumer edition of Windows not to be based on MS-DOS.
HOW TO ACTIVATE WINDOWS XP
- Click on the start button on Windows XP after installation.
- Then in option, my computers go to properties and click on it.
- Check windows activation and click on change product key, then press ok.
- Then copy or type Windows XP product keys which are given as above and paste it into the activation box. Then press ok.
- Now you are done by entering your activation key.
- Press OK and restart the system to use your Windows XP uninterrupted.
DO YOU NEED A WINDOWS XP 32-BIT OR 64-BIT KEY?
Windows XP was released for both 32-bit and 64-bit computers.
The bits (32 or 64) refer to your CPU’s architecture. If you have a 32-bit processor, you can only install a 32-bit operating system – Windows XP 32-bit, in this case. If you have a 64-bit processor, your CPU can handle a larger amount of memory and you should install the Windows XP 64-bit version.
When Windows XP launched, the majority of PCs were using 32-bit hardware. It meant that 90% of computers were equipped to run a 32-bit operating system at that time. However, you might have a 64-bit edition of Windows XP running on your PC.
To find out which version of Windows your computer is running, follow these steps.
1. Click on the Start button in Windows.
2. Open System from the Start menu.
3. Right-click on Computer and click on Properties.
4. Now go to the System tab.
5. Here you can see the system type.
WINDOWS XP PRODUCT KEYS
|Windows XP Professional 32-bit Edition|
|SP3 VOL MSDN||MRX3F-47B9T-2487J-KWKMF-RPWBY|
|SP3 OEM SONY||K7RGC-CDXYJ-FTYH2-Y3VVV-KBYC7|
|SP3 OEM THTF||M68XC-TX2C9-PKK8H-GP8JH-RC8XB|
|SP3 OEM COMPAQ||KYKVX-86GQG-2MDY9-F6J9M-K42BQ|
|Pro SP3 OEM FOUNDER||F4G2M-BH2JF-GTGJW-W82HY-VMRRQ|
|Home SP3 OEM FOUNDER||K72PX-D96QW-RCHB9-3P96F-YQBCY|
|Home OEM Haier||GYFDM-KCXHW-6GFGQ-JQ9FH-B4TRY|
|SP2 OEM HP||P2BXT-D7Y8P-F6WF2-HYXYP-49TJD|
|Professional SP2 VOL||CCMWP-99T99-KCY96-FGKBW-F9WJT|
|Windows Server 2003 VOL||KJTHV-V4BVY-6R9JK-YJM7X-X7FDY|
|Office 2003 VOL||GWH28-DGCMP-P6RC4-6J4MT-3HFDY|
|Windows XP Professional 64-bit Edition|
WHAT’S VOL AND VLK
VOL (short for Volume Licensing for Organizations, AKA: VL), any Windows OS setup CD/DVD or image file with “VOL” word, that indicates it is one of the licensed Windows copies. And the most important point thing is – according to the regulations of VOL plans, VOL licensed products don’t need to activate at all.
VLK (short for Volume Licensing Key) does refer to the product key required in the VOL edition’s deployment rather than the edition name. And it’s only suitable for VOL edition with the only effect – prove the product is legal, licensed under VOL.
According to the license agreement, the product keys for retail edition of XP can only be used on one PC, but the ones for VOL edition can be supplied for more PCs to use. Second, there is another important difference, the retail edition of XP needs to activate, yet VOLs don’t have this concept totally. Last, VOL edition of XP doesn’t have the Home Edition, and its function is exactly the same with the Professional Edition.