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Part 1: Getting Oriented > Introducing Windows XP: A House No Longer Divided

Chapter 5. Introducing Windows XP: A House No Longer Divided

With Windows XP, Microsoft is no longer selling separate operating systems for home and business. XP is for everyone.

Although the two operating systems look a bit different, under the hood, Windows XP has a lot in common with Windows 2000. That's a good thing, because Windows 2000 is a very reliable operating system. First, neither XP nor 2000 is likely to crash (stop running) simply because a program crashes. That's important since there will always be programs that, for one reason or another, simply stop functioning. In theory, Windows 9x had a way for you to shut down a misbehaving program and keep on working, but it often failed to function properly and you'd sometimes wind up having to restart the machine. Now that shouldn't be necessary: The operating system isolates crashed programs in their own “memory space” and allows everything else to continue running.


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