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81
Global
Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
81

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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New York Times says:

You'll hear few complaints about the operating system itself, especially when it's compared with previous versions. No matter what you think of Microsoft, using Windows XP on a new or very recent PC feels sure, swift and satisfying. And that's a big deal.
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User Reviews

70
fendee1
I have been running windows xp now for close to a decade now after 479 updates...read more
70
Bill Machon
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
100
King Yip
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
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Model
Home Edition

Key Specs

Type
Computer OS
Source model
Closed
Architecture
64, 32

Type

Type
Computer OS

Kernel

Architecture
64, 32
Kernel type
Hybrid kernel
Multitasking
Yes

Interface

Graphical interface
Yes
Command line interface
Yes

Source

Source model
Closed
Model
Tablet PC Edition

Key Specs

Type
Computer OS
Source model
Closed
Architecture
64, 32

Type

Type
Computer OS

Kernel

Architecture
64, 32
Kernel type
Hybrid kernel
Multitasking
Yes

Interface

Graphical interface
Yes
Command line interface
Yes

Source

Source model
Closed
Model
Media Center Edition

Key Specs

Type
Computer OS
Source model
Closed
Architecture
64, 32

Type

Type
Computer OS

Kernel

Architecture
64, 32
Kernel type
Hybrid kernel
Multitasking
Yes

Interface

Graphical interface
Yes
Command line interface
Yes

Source

Source model
Closed
Model
Professional

Key Specs

Type
Computer OS
Source model
Closed
Architecture
64, 32

Type

Type
Computer OS

Kernel

Architecture
64, 32
Kernel type
Hybrid kernel
Multitasking
Yes

Interface

Graphical interface
Yes
Command line interface
Yes

Source

Source model
Closed