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What's New in Windows XP?

Now that you know Windows XP's family history, you're ready to find out what new features Windows XP brings to the Windows family. One of the questions people ask me as I write books about each new version of Windows is whether the new version is different enough to justify upgrading. The Windows XP family is a major upgrade from any previous version of Windows, and the jump from Windows 98 or Windows Me to Windows XP Home Edition is as massive a jump as the one from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95 was a few years ago. Windows XP Home Edition isn't just a much-improved version of the Windows 2000 family with new features added for home users (and corporate-only features pruned away), but is also a full replacement for the long-lived Windows 9x/Me family.

How big a change is Windows XP? Estimates are that by the time it was released, it contained about 40 million lines of code (see Table 1.1). That's over one-third more code than its immediate predecessor, Windows 2000, and plenty of room for its new and enhanced features.


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