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Windows XP is an operating system produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops and media centers. Released on August 24, 2001,it is the second most popular version of Windows. The name "XP" is short for "eXPerience",highlighting the enhanced user experience.

Windows XP, the successor to Windows 2000 and Windows Me, was the first consumer-oriented operating system produced by Microsoft to be built on the Windows NT kernel. Windows XP was released worldwide for retail sale on October 25, 2001, and over 400 million copies were in use in January 2006. Retail sales of Windows XP stopped on June 30, 2008. On April 10, 2012, Microsoft reaffirmed that extended support for Windows XP and Office 2003 would end on April 8, 2014 and suggested that administrators begin preparing to migrate to a newer OS