Everything You Need To Know Before You Buy Your Windows XP Desktop

Are you looking for a reliable desktop operating system that will not break the bank? If so, you will be happy to know that eBay has just the right Windows XP desktop for you. You can choose from a large selection on eBays user-friendly website, and here is what you need to know before you make a final decision.

Is the Windows XP desktop available in different versions?

You will be able to choose from Windows XP with Service Pack 3, Windows XP Professional 32 bit, and Windows XP Professional 64 bit. Each of these operating systems may be offered under various licensing options. The following list summarizes the characteristics of each operating system.

  • Windows XP: Might have Microsoft Works rather than Microsoft Office; support for Windows Media Player, Messenger, and Internet Explorer; supports internet connection sharing and peer-to-peer networking.
  • Windows XP Professional 32 bit: Contains Microsoft Office; backwards compatible with Windows 95; support for Remote Desktop, Windows Media Center, DirectX graphics, and workstation mode.
  • Windows XP Professional 64 bit: Enhanced capacity to use greater amounts of RAM results in better performance in media streaming and resource-intensive operations.
Are there different installation and licensing options for Windows XP?

Unlike more recent versions of Windows, the XP operating system was never available as a download from the Microsoft website. Installation with DVD or CD may be offered under several licensing terms, including multi-license for use on more than one computer. You might also find computers that are running the OEM version of Windows XP, most commonly on refurbished computers. This option would allow installation only on a single computer but may be possible to replace with a multi-user license if needed.

What are the specifications for a Windows XP desktop?

Your Windows XP desktop will be equipped with RAM that ranges from 1 GB to 2 GB and hard disk capacity between 80 GB and 1 TB. Chassis types include towers, mini-towers, micro-towers, mini-desktops, all-in-ones, and two types of slim models. Processor speeds will typically range from 2.50 GHz to 3.49 GHz. The following list summarizes the processor types that could be installed in your Windows XP computer.

  • Pentium Family: Includes Pentium, Pentium 4, and Pentium 4 HT processors.
  • Celeron Family: Includes several processors within this series.
  • Duo and Quad Core Family: Includes Core Duo, Core 2 Duo, and Core 2 Quad.
  • Core i5: Includes 2nd generation processors within this series.
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