Microsoft Windows XP System Requirements

  • Hardware: PC with 300 MHz or higher processor clock speed recommended; 233 MHz minimum required; Intel Pentium/Celeron family, AMD K6/Athlon/Duron family, or compatible processor recommended
  • Operating System: N/A
  • Memory: 128 MB of RAM or higher recommended (64 MB minimum supported; may limit performance and some features)
  • Hard Disk: 1.5 GB of available hard-disk space
  • CD-ROM or DVD-ROM: CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Input Devices: Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • Multimedia: For sound: Sound card and speakers or headphones
    For DVD video playback: DVD drive and DVD decoder card or DVD decoder software & 8 MB of video RAM
    For Windows Movie Maker: Video capture feature requires appropriate digital or analog video capture device & 400 MHz or higher processor for digital video camera capture

For Internet access: Some Internet functionality may require Internet access, a Microsoft .NET Passport account, and payment of a separate fee to a service provider; local and/or long-distance telephone toll charges may apply; 14.4 Kbps or higher-speed modem

For networking: Network adapter appropriate for the type of local-area, wide-area, wireless, or home network you wish to connect to, and access to an appropriate network infrastructure; access to third-party networks may require additional charges

For instant messaging, voice and video conferencing, and application sharing, both parties need: Microsoft .NET Passport account and Internet access or Exchange 2000 Server instant messaging account and network access (some configurations may require download of additional components)

For voice and video conferencing, both parties also need: 33.6 Kbps or higher-speed modem, or a network connection; Microphone and sound card with speakers or headset

For video conferencing, both parties also need: Video conferencing camera; Windows XP

For application sharing, both parties also need: 33.6 Kbps or higher-speed modem, or a network connection; Windows XP

For remote assistance: Both parties must be running Windows XP and be connected by a network

For remote desktop: Windows 95 or later–based computer, and the two machines must be connected by a network

Actual requirements will vary based on your system configuration and the applications and features you choose to install. Additional available hard-disk space may be required if you are installing over a network.

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