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Chapter 1. Introducing Windows XP Home E... > An Overview of Windows XP Home Editi...

An Overview of Windows XP Home Edition

Windows XP Home Edition is the first home-oriented version of Windows that is no longer built on the creaky foundation of Windows 9x (and thus no longer contains any native MS-DOS code!). As the name suggests, Windows XP Home Edition is the home-oriented member of the Windows XP family, the first Windows family to combine home-oriented and business-oriented releases of Windows into a single product family.

The goal that Microsoft had in mind for Windows XP Home Edition was an ambitious one: to create an easy-to-use, reliable operating system whose features would appeal to home users with the latest PCs, while providing application and hardware compatibility with products made for older versions of Windows, and even MS-DOS game and graphics applications. And, to stop the wasteful and confusing development of two distinctly different versions of Windows, which required different device drivers (the software that makes your hardware work) and utilities (the software that fixes problems), Windows XP Home Edition had to share the same underlying software instructions as the rest of the Windows XP family.


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