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Chapter 17. Opening New Windows: Upgradi... > Upgrade #3: Updating Your Copy of Wi...

Upgrade #3: Updating Your Copy of Windows XP

Microsoft is constantly updating its products—so much so that the Windows XP you buy today is slightly different from the Windows XP that went on sale back in 2001. If you're running an older version of XP, you can update it to the new version by installing Service Pack 1. This software update upgrades your system to include all sorts of bug fixes and security patches, as well as adds the new features found on the version of XP currently distributed by Microsoft.

To see which version of Windows XP you have installed on your computer, open My Computer, and then select Help, About Windows. The About Windows dialog box shows the version number (it should be 5.1) and whether Service Pack 1 has been installed. (If it doesn't mention the Service Pack, it isn't installed.)


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