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  1. www.msevents.microsoft.com:

    1. Windows XP Service Pack 2 System Builder Roadshow in Houston, TX: ON 6/17/2004 8:00 AM - 6/17/2004 12:00 PM (6/4/2004).
       

  2. www.extremetech.com - On To The Next Windows... But What Is It: Windows (RTM) Released To Manufacturing - Windows Server 2003 & Windows XP 64-bit 2003 (3/28/2003).

 

Windows History: The O/S:
  1. ../images/bullet2.gifCompare Windows XP Professional to Prior Versions of Windows (6/19/2002).

  2. ../images/bullet2.gifIntroduction to the Windows Family of Operating Systems - From Windows 1.0 to Windows .NET Server. Evolution of Windows (6/11/2002).

  3. ../images/bullet2.gifWindows History Lesson

After WinXP64, expect the next flavor of Windows to be known as Win DRMOS - Windows Digital Rights Management Operating System a.k.a. Copy Controls Protection

 

  1. Windows 1.0 - [November 1985]

  2. Windows 2.0 / 286 - [Fall of 1987
  3. Windows / 386 - [Late 1987
  4. Windows 3.0 - [May 30th, 1990]
  5. Windows 3.1 - [April, 1992]

  6. Windows For WorkGroups 3.1 - [October, 1992]
  7. Windows 3.11 - Windows For WorkGroups 3.11 - [November, 1993]
  8. Windows 95 - A, B, C & D (OEM USB Update) - [August / September 1995]
  9. Windows 98 - [June 1998]

  10. Windows 98 SE - [Files Dated 4-23-1999]
  11. Windows ME - [Thursday Sep. 14, 2000]
  12. Windows NT 3.1 - [94-03-01]
  13. Windows NT 3.51 - [94-04-12]

  14. Windows NT 4.0 (Cairo) - [94-03-15]
  15. Windows NT 5.0 - Windows 2000 Professional -
    [Feb. 17 2000] 
  16.   Thursday, October 25th, 2001 - WinXP Consumer & Professional (Code Named: Whistler).

    Windows XP Media Center - Said to be available in North America for the holidays in 2002.

  17. ../images/bullet2.gifWindows XP Media Center Edition Home Page
  18. Windows XP Tablet PC Edition Home Page
  19. Windows Server 2003 News - Microsoft Windows Server 2003 was released to manufacturing on March 28, 2003. Keep Up-to-Date (4/21/2003).

 

How many CPUs does Windows 2000 support? 
  1. 2 CPUs  Windows 2000 Professional

  2. 4 CPUs  Windows 2000 Server 

  3. 8 CPUs  Windows 2000 Advanced Server

  4. 32 CPUs Windows 2000 Datacenter Server

 

  Windows XP Launch Event - [October 25th, 2001]

Location: Reliant Arena (formerly Astro Arena), Houston - October 25th. ...Launch Overview.

 

Windows XP Release Dates

(As of 8-21-01): 

  1. Friday, 08-24-2001XP Gold Code: Microsoft previously told computer manufacturers expect final code Aug. 22, then pushed back delivery for final tweaking.

    • Desktop Real Estate (Competing Icon Placements)
  • Cancelled (In Lieu of WTC Tragedy): September 15th, 2001 - Houston, TX: XP Preinstallation Training - Preinstalling Microsoft Windows XP Professional using the OEM Preinstallation Kit (Nationwide - Sept 6 thru Oct 13 @ selected locations) 

  • September 24th, 2001- New PCs shipping with XP Installed

  •   Wed. Oct 3, 2001 - Windows XP System Builder Roadshow for OEM System Builders:  Houston, TX - 9:00 am-1:10 pm, Adams Mark Hotel Grand Pavilion, 2900 Briarpark Drive Houston (OEM's Only) ...more.

  • Saturday, October 20, 2001: Microsoft eXtreme Event - Experience INSIDE SCOOP on new products and technologies in LIVE satellite broadcast to 40 cities around US! (Public Invited)  ...Registration.

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  • Location: Edwards Marq E Stadium 23 (Houston, TX) - Time: 12:00 PM-2:30 PM (Central) 
    Recommended Audience: Consumers!

  • October 25th, 2001- Public Retail Launch: Packaged Software

  • Windows Attributes
    1. Windows Hardware Quality Labs
    2. ../images/bullet2.gifMicrosoft.com - The Product and Technology Catalog
    3. Upgrading from Previous Versions of Windows
    4. ../images/bullet2.gifWindows Hardware Quality Labs
    5. ../images/bullet2.gifProduct Support Center (FAQs)
    6. Q247501 - How to Manually Remove Programs from the Add-Remove Programs List
    7. ../images/bullet2.gifdownload.gif Windows Keyboard Shortcuts - pdf; OK, we'll update it again soon - To include WinXP (1/29/2002).


    1. Microsoft discloses more Windows code - Tech News - CNET.com (8/27/2002).
    2. Windows XP Media Center Edition Home (7/24/2002).
    3. eWeek.com:  Microsoft Readying 'Avalon' Framework for Longhorn (7/14/2002).
    4. Compare Windows XP Professional to Prior Versions of Windows (7/9/2002).
    5. images/bullet2.gifExtremeTech.com:  Windows XP Service Pack 1 Beta Ships (6/8/2002).
    6. ../images/bullet2.gifNext Windows Version, Longhorn Details: MSBetas.net - The Number 1 site for Microsoft Betas information! Longhorn Beta release - June! (4/30/2002)
    7. Rumors of Windows XP SP1 (Free Update) is due out this summer... Windows XP SE (Pay Per View) is due in early 2003 with Windows Longhorn scheduled for 2004. Moo. See: www.winsupersite.com (4/30/2002).
    8. images/lime_bullet.gifextremetech.com:  Windows File System To Be Enhanced (4/19/2002).

    9. ../images/bullet2.gifextremetech.com:  Microsoft Pushes Back XP Upgrade Roll Out Code Named Longhorn until 2004 (4/18/2002).


    ../images/bullet2.gifWinRescue - Registry Crash Protection

    Protection Against Software Piracy (12/18/01).

    Volume Licensing Overview (As of 12/18/01).

    Microsoft Licensing (12/18/01).

    Windows 2000 - User State Migration Tool - Resource Kit Tool.

    User State Migration in Windows XP

    Download: User State Migration in Windows XP - DOC File.

    Iomega.com: Download our FREE Migration Tool Software

    Windows XP Home Page

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    1. WindowsXP - Windows XP Topics & O/S Requirements + Microsoft Retiring O/S Life Cycle Support.

    2. WinXP Product Activation (WPA) now known as MPA (Microsoft Product Activation)

    3. WDM - Windows Audio Driver Model Information

    4. Whistler - Windows XP Links

    5. Win2000 - Suggestions for Windows 2000 Workstations  

    6. WinMeTools - WinMe 98 Tools & Drivers

    7. Win2ProUp - Windows 2000 Professional Upgrade Suggestions

    8. WinXP Tools.

     

    Windows XP Launch

    Ready or not, here they come - Microsoft Windows XP! Are you ready for WinXP? Pitfalls to avoid; Challenged Response (WPA, now MPA); Product Activation is different than Registration.  Product Activation is mandatory. Registration is optional. ...XP Launch Overview.

     

    Product Lifecycle:
    1. Windows Life Cycle: Product Life-Cycle Info (12/10/2002).

    2. ../images/bullet2.gifeweek.com:  Microsoft Outlines Lifecycle Support Policy (10/16/2002).

    3. ../images/bullet2.gifProduct Support Web site

    4. ../images/bullet2.gifMicrosoft Product Lifecycle Roadmap:

    Applying the Product Lifecycle Guidelines to their current Windows desktop operating systems, the following products are scheduled to transition between 12.31.00 and 12.31.02.

    Desktop O/S entering Extended phase (effective date):

    • Windows 95  (12.31.00)* available through downgrade rights in Volume Licensing.

    • Windows 98 / 98 SE  (06.30.02)* Same as above.

    • Windows NT 4.xx  (06.30.02) Ditto.

    Desktop O/S entering Non-Supported phase (effective date):

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