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Windows XP SP3 Professional ISO CD image is the final official major release from Microsoft. Before SP3, service pack 2 was most stable XP update.

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Windows XP SP3 Professional ISO CD image is the final official major release from Microsoft. Before SP3, service pack 2 was most stable XP update.

One of the best things about Win XP was its familiar user interface in almost each build and update. So every time new upgrade to Windows XP only enhanced features and performance without touching UI. Windows XP UI is one of the most attractive things in the desktop world. It covers Windows XP Home and Professional versions. Other variants of the same OS (operating system) might have the same quality as well.

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Windows XP Sp3 Update Packages (Update Only)

Use the links below to upgrade XP (sp1 or sp2) to service pack 3.

Windows XP Editions

Here is a list of all editions of Windows XP:

  1. Windows XP Home Edition x86 (32-bit)
  2. Windows XP Professional Edition x86 (32-bit)
  3. Windows XP Media Center Edition
  4. Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
  5. Windows XP Starter Edition x86 (32-bit)
  6. Windows XP Professional x64 Edition (64-bit)

How to Install Windows XP from ISO image or CD/DVD Disk or USB Drive?

First of all you need to download Windows XP ISO file to your PC. There are more than enough tutorials on How to install Windows XP SP3 via USB Drive (flash memory) or typically from CD. Installation is quite easy from Windows XP ISO file.

Windows XP Review

Windows XP was the game changer operating system by Microsoft. XP just stormed the world of desktop computers and left the competitors (Mac and Linux) far behind in the race of best OS for desktop. The beauty and stability were the leading features of it.

XP was a true innovative OS which introduced tons of new features. Windows XP is so useful that it has still a lot of users in 2019.

If you use computer for very basic things or have an old PC which does not work properly with Windows 7 or Windows 10, you can try Windows XP. It is lightweight, faster and consumes far less disk space, memory and CPU than other operating systems.

It has almost all features and can run most software which are usually needed. It only occupies less than 2 GB after installation and the size of system drive does not increase automatically like Windows 7 or Windows 10.

This is an ideal operating system for kids who watch videos and play games most of time. You can play all classic games which are not supported by Windows 7 or Windows 10. Like Need for Speed 2, Tekken 3 using Virtual Game Station emulator, etc.

For multimedia playback, all you need is download and install VLC Media Player for XP and your home cinema is ready out of your old, nearly useless machine.

Windows XP Features

Here are some most popular features of XP:

Multimedia Apps

Windows XP is equipped with modern multimedia applications such as Windows Media Player, Movie Maker, Photo Viewer, etc.

Performance improvements

Numerous performance improvements are applied by default and if you are not satisfied with performance, there is room for further XP tweaks.

Most notable performance features include fast boot, fast shutdown, CPU multithreading, low battery drainage, NTFS and NTFS v3.1, etc.

Graphic and UI

The stunning graphics and user interface lead XP unleash the victory and the design became the game changer feature of this OS. The whole UI was redesigned in a colorful yet decent visual scheme. Here we will have a look at some most inspiring visual features:

  • New Luna wallpaper
  • Animation
  • Shadows for icons, text and windows.
  • Colorful taskbar
  • Double column Start menu
  • Transparency effect
  • New theme for Windows Explorer with task pane.
  • Logon and logoff screens
  • Thumbnail view for pictures and video
  • Icon grouping and sorting
  • New screensavers.

Windows XP updates and Service Packs

XP has got three service packs:

  1. XP SP1 (Service Pack 1) released in 2002
  2. XP SP2 (Service Pack 2) released in 2004
  3. XP SP3 (Service Pack 3) released in 2008

Each service pack contains new features, updated applications, security patches and bug fixes. Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 is most popular and safe version of XP.

 

How to install Windows XP Pro from USB/CD

Once you have created ultimate Windows XP bootable USB using the Rufus of any other tool (as mentioned above), you are ready to install Windows XP using this USB flash drive.

Make sure you have Win XP installation USB disc with you. Plug this flash drive into USB port of computer, then start (or restart) computer and follow these steps:

  • Press boot menu key (usually F9 for most computers) and select USB drive from the list.
  • Press any key on your keyboard when prompted.
  • Windows installation files will take a while to load and Windows XP installer setup will start.

 

Windows XP Pro Setup (files copying and installation)

  • Wait for some time and EULA / License Agreement will appear. Press F8 key to accept and continue.
  • Choose the partition where you want to install Windows XP. This is somehow a tricky step, so take care while selecting drive.
  • Windows XP setup will start copying files to disk. This will take some time and then installer will restart the computer.
  • After restart, different screens will appear and you have to choose appropriate options and enter required information.

Go through the installation process by following on screen instructions. The setup installer will configure your system and prepare your desktop. Once you see desktop, you are ready to use Windows XP.

 

How to install Windows XP Pro on Virtual Machines?

For some reason, if you want to install Win XP on virtual machines like VirtualBox or VMware etc. Here is a brief guide for these type of applications.

How to install Windows XP on VirtualBox?

First of all, download VirtualBox for Win XP (if you do not have it already).

  1. Download Windows XP ISO image from download section (above on top of this page)
  2. Launch VirtualBox and start creating new virtual machine.
  3. Now select Windows XP ISO image and accept default settings.
  4. Start virtual machine you just created and continue with Windows XP setup installer.

Installation on VirtualBox is almost same to normal installation on real computer.

How to install Windows XP on VMware

First of all, download VMware (if you do not have it already).

  1. Download Windows XP ISO image from download section (above on top of this page)
  2. Launch VMware and start creating new virtual machine.
  3. Now select Windows XP ISO image and accept default settings.
  4. Start virtual machine you just created and continue with Windows XP setup installer.

Installation on VirtualBox is almost same to normal installation on real computer.

Hardware Requirements for Windows XP

  • CPU/Processor: Intel Pentium III or higher (Pentium is also supported but really slow)
  • Memory: 512 Mb (256 Megabytes memory also works)
  • Hard disk space: 5 GB (even less might work for you)
  • Graphic Card: SVGA (800×600) which is below normal these days.

Windows XP for Old Hardware

If you have an old PC and usually use for offline needs then XP could be your best companion, especially for kids. It may give your old laptop longer battery hours rather than modern operating systems.

Honestly speaking, Windows XP is still better than the best Linux variants today. No matter what they claim! Especially for professional usage; like photography etc.

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Windows XP FAQs

  • Is this ISO image file bootable?

Yes, it is bootable ISO image ready to burn CD/DVD or USB disk.

  • How can I make a bootable Windows XP SP3 CD or USB flash disk?

Numerous tools are available to make Windows bootable media from ISO image. Rufus, UltraISO, PowerISO, WinISO, Daemon Tools, Alcohol 120%, Windows DVD tool are best known for this purpose.

  • Can I install XP SP3 on 64-bit (x64) PC?

Yes, WinXP is fully compatible with x64 based CPU architecture.

What’s New?

  • Stability and bugs fixed.
  • Overall features improved.
  • Refined interface.
  • Colorful themes
  • More devices support added
  • Faster boot

System Requirements

Minimum:

  • Processor : 233 megahertz (MHz) or faster
  • RAM : 64 megabyte (MB) for 32-bit
  • Disk Space : 1.5 GB for 32-bit OS
  • Graphics : DirectX 9 or later with VGA driver or later
  • Display Resolution : 800 x 600

Recommended:

  • Processor : 2.5 gigahertz (GHz) Dual Core or faster
  • RAM : 4 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit
  • Disk Space : 160 GB for 32-bit OS
  • Graphics : Nvidia or AMD
  • Display Resolution : 1920 x 1080 (FHD)