Windows XP is a personal computer operating system produced by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems. It was released to manufacturing on August 24, 2001, and broadly released for retail sale on October 25, 2001.

Development of Windows XP began in the late 1990s as "Neptune", an operating system (OS) built on the Windows NT kernel which was intended specifically for mainstream consumer use. An updated version of Windows 2000 was also originally planned for the business market; however, in January 2000, both projects were scrapped in favor of a single OS codenamed "Whistler", which would serve as a single OS platform for both consumer and business markets. As such, Windows XP was the first consumer edition of Windows not to be based on MS-DOS.

Extended support for Windows XP ended on April 8, 2014, after which the operating system ceased receiving further support or security updates (with exceptional security updates being made e.g. in 2019, to address potential ransomware threats) to most users. By August 2019, Microsoft (and others) had ended support for games on Windows XP. As of August 2019, 1.65% of Windows PCs run Windows XP. At least one country has double digit use, Armenia where it's highest ranked at 44.6%, and China is also exceptionally high at 5.38%.

File Information:
  File name:  Windows_XP_Professional_SP3_Incl_SATA_Drivers
  File size: 568.4 MB