Windows XP has versions for various computing environments, including for home or business PCs, as well as laptops, netbooks, tablet PCs and multimedia centers.Successor to Windows 2000 along with Windows ME, and predecessor to Windows Vista, is Microsoft’s first consumer-oriented operating system built with a core and Windows NT architecture available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
Unlike earlier versions of Windows, because it is based on the Windows NT architecture from the Windows 2000 code, it has improved stability and performance. It has a significantly redesigned graphical user interface (GUI) (called Luna), which includes redesigned features, some of which are slightly similar to other GUIs from other operating systems, a change promoted for easier use than previous versions. New software management capabilities were introduced to avoid the “DLL Hell” (DLL Hell) that plagued the old versions.It is also the first version of Windows that uses product activation to reduce software piracy, a restriction that did not sit well with some users. It has also been criticized for security vulnerabilities, Internet Explorer integration, inclusion of the Windows Media Player and aspects of its interface.