Windows XP was released generally on October 25, 2001. Today XP is now in extended support which expired April 8, 2014.  Office 2003 also will expire on the same date. Microsoft will continue to provide updates for Security Essentials until April 2015.

Windows XP is Microsoft’s the first version of Windows to require activation. Previously Windows was released without copy protection outside of a serial number.

Windows XP is available in 32-bit and 64-bit editions however each is sold separately. Starting with Windows Vista Microsoft began including both 32-bit and 64-bit versions in retail packages. The 32-bit version of XP can support up to 4 GB of RAM and the 64-bit version of XP can use up to 128 GB of RAM. A faster multi-core CPU will also be a big benefit.

We now have a list of a few old games that do not work with XP. Old games from the Windows 98 period are hot and miss as to whether they can be coaxed into action.

It is possible to dual boot Windows 98SE with Windows 2000. Dual hard disks can circumvent disk capacity limitations. Windows can be installed on the system disk and XP can be using the secondary disk formatted with NTFS. Testing shows Windows 98 SE has excellent DOS game compatibility. We use 512 MB of RAM for Windows 98 SE and it runs well.


Operating SystemN/A
CPUIntel Pentium II-233 or better
Memory64 MB or more
Hard Drive Space1.5 GB
Graphics HardwareIntegrated or better
NetworkBroadband Internet Connection Required

Realistically XP runs best with 20GB ore larger disk and at least 256MB of memory.