CDs and DVDs are old pieces of technology which are pretty big and not compact when compared to other storage devices of this generation even though they are still used to market software by many tech companies as the file format which is used in the CDs is highly compatible and is a cost-efficient means for transferring data. CDs can be used to back-up files from the PC and can be stored for future purposes.
Burning a CD with some files will allow the files to be retained on the disk permanently and rewriting becomes difficult as a result of this. Having the OS copy as a bootable disk will always prove to be advantageous as it will act as a backup for the installed OS and can be used when the PC gets corrupted. If you have a backup, you don’t need to depend on computer professionals.
In this article, we will be looking at the Windows XP OS, what a bootable CD is, and why we should use it. We will also look into the features of the Windows XP OS and how to make a bootable CD for later use. So, hang around to learn more.
Windows XP is one of the most versatile OSes ever created by Microsoft to run desktop computers and laptops. The OS was released in the year 2001 and was widely used by many all around the world to run their computers. It’s been two decades and there are many updated OSes in the market but still, the XP OS is good when it comes to running computers and can provide good functionalities.
The OS was packed with many new features and functionalities and made a great impact and boosted the use of computers worldwide. It also paved the path for many software companies to develop software that could run efficiently on the OS and prove to be useful to users. Before releasing the commercial version of the OS, Microsoft ran many beta tests on the OS to improve it and make it more user-friendly. The XP OS belongs to the Windows N.T family which was first developed in the year 1993, which was famous for its user interface.
Windows XP follows the same tradition and provides a good user interface. The features of this OS will be discussed in the latter part of the article in detail to give a good outline of what the OS can do exactly. Microsoft always markets different editions of the same OS to make it easy for the users to choose the one that is best suited for their use. Windows XP also has many different editions namely Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Starter, and Windows XP Embedded. In the year 2005, Microsoft also released a 64-bit edition of Windows XP Professional to run on computers with 64-bit processors.
The advantage of the 64-bit processor over the 32-bit is the processing capacity and the number of processes handled per unit time which is higher in case of the 64-bit processor.
Bill Gates and Paul Allen are the founders of Microsoft. They started the company in 1975 and since then, they have become one of the best tech providers and have developed many utility software and operating systems to run desktop computers and laptops. Some of their famous products are the MS Office package, Windows OS, Skype, and Azure(cloud storage technology). They also provide good customer support to solve customer problems and queries to make their products perform better and stand out in the market.
Features Of Windows XP
Windows XP is one of the best OSes released by Microsoft and has been used in performing a wide range of operations by people. Microsoft achieved this by improving the OS with many features which made the OS very conducive and appealing to the users. Microsoft also released different system packs that had updated features compared to the previous editions. Some of the best features of Windows XP will be discussed below:
Improved User Interface
The user interface, a.k.a the graphic user interface, of Windows XP, was improved by improving the buttons and icons and adding good saturations to the buttons and other theme objects. This improvement made the OS appealing and easier to navigate and work within the OS.
Improved Networking Functionalities
Computers were used mostly to perform tasks related to networking back in those days as there were no technologies like mobile phones which could handle the networking. Microsoft improved the reception and sending of packages over the Internet and made it all faster and more secure. Many new and improved networking technologies were included with the Windows XP OS like internet firewall, Background Intelligent Transfer Service(BITS), IEEE 802.11(Wi-Fi) support, automatic Wi-Fi configuration, Windows Messenger, Microsoft Outlook, and Internet Explorer 6.
Improved Application Compatibility
Windows allowed third party software to run on their OSes which led many software companies to develop and flourish. The main issue with previous OSes was that they did not provide good compatibility features to smoothly run many software and applications, so Microsoft improved the compatibility features with other applications to improve the user experience.
Improved Windows Explorer
The Windows explorer is a native file explorer software used to manage and maintain data on Windows PCs. Microsoft improved the Explorer by adding new features like Windows task panes and allowing the preview of images in the Explorer to ease the search of files.
Fast User Switching
Windows allows the use of multiple accounts on the same computer which lets different users use the same computer and secure their account from the other and use it privately. Fast switching between different users was an added functionality added in Windows XP to improve the work efficiency of the users.
Improved Multiple Monitors support
For users who use computers for gaming and programming, multiple monitors help in improving their performance, so Microsoft improved the Multiple Screen feature to let users seamlessly use many screens to display the contents.
System Restoring And Automated System Recovery
Windows added a new feature of setting up a system restore point that can be used to take the system to a previous time so as to rectify any errors or glitches. Automated system recovery functionality was added to recover the system in possible mishappenings and crises.
Fast Startup and Hibernation Facility
Windows startups were slow and needed to be improved to provide a better user experience so Microsoft reduced the startup time in the Windows XP OS.
The Hibernate option was a new addition that could be used to temporarily power off the computer without removing the data on the RAM. The computer can be turned on again by turning on the start button and continuing the work from where it was left off.
Support For Liquid Crystal Display
Previously, the displays used were CRT displays, which were heavier and bigger with lower resolution but LCD displays were developed around that time. Thus, Microsoft added the support for the LCD displays which improved the clarity of the content displayed.
Multilingual User Interface
Microsoft added many languages to the user interface so people who didn’t know English could use the computer with ease which helped in expanding their market and improving their user experience.
Microsoft also removed many unwanted features from the previous versions of the Windows OS and made the XP OS more versatile and light-weight.
Some of the commonly removed features are:
- Apple talk protocol.
- Removed WebTV for Windows.
- Small icons removed from Windows Explorer.
- DVD player removed.
- Removed the Deluxe CD Player.
- Many MS-DOS commands were removed.
- The Program Manager was removed.
- The N.T Backup Tool was simplified by removing many file formats.
- Imaging For Windows was removed and replaced by Windows Picture and Fax Viewer.
Minimum And Recommended System Requirements To Run Windows XP
Every software has minimum hardware requirements which should be satisfied by the computer to run the software successfully. If the computer fails to satisfy the requirements, then the software will either not work or will crash and cause problems while working. So, it’s better to know what the minimum requirements are and try to install the software only if the requirements are satisfied or else choose a previous version of the software that has low system requirements.
Minimum PC requirements
- To run the OS, the minimum processor speed must be 233 MHz.
- The minimum RAM required to run the XP OS is 64 MB.
- To install Windows XP on a computer, the free storage space must be at least 1.5 GB.
- Minimum display size of 600 x 800 must be there to view the contents clearly.
- The minimum Video RAM required is 8 MB.
- A CD Drive to read and write CDs.
Recommended PC Requirements
The recommended PC requirements will always be higher than the minimum requirements because with the recommended requirements satisfied, the OS will perform its best.
- The processor speed recommended is 300 MHz.
- The recommended RAM is 128 MB.
- The storage required is the same but extra storage can be used to store other files and having larger storage is always advantageous.
The requirements change accordingly for 32-bit and 64-bit OS:
Only the RAM needs to be upgraded to install the 64-bit OS. The RAM required is 256 MB.
The 32-bit OS supports only RAM up to 4 GB but the 64-bit OS supports RAM up to 128 GB.
How To Create a Bootable CD for Windows XP
There are two ways to create a bootable disk for Windows XP. The first one is backing up the OS from the installed OS and burning it on a CD and the second method is downloading an ISO file from the internet and burning that on a CD.
- You will need an empty CD to burn the OS on it and a CD driver in your PC to read and write the CD as well as a burning tool (application) which you can get from the internet.
- To back up the OS as an ISO file:
Go to the control panel> Select the systems and security settings> Choose the backup and restore option from the menu > On the left pane, choose to create a system image> Follow the procedures in the wizard which will pop up.
- While choosing the backup location, choose a CD and start the process.
(Note: Use this method on a new PC where the OS installation has just been done as this operation will backup all the files on the disk which includes installed applications and other data).
ISO File Download Method
- To download the ISO file from the Internet:
- Go to your web browser and search for Download Windows XP OS ISO.
Choose an authentic website to download the file and select the edition and version you want to download. When downloading from the internet, be aware of malicious files that may get downloaded with the OS that can cause serious problems to the PC. (it is always recommended to use an authentic website to download software).
- Choose a download location on your PC where you want the OS to be downloaded.
Hit the download button on the website and the file will be downloaded.
- After you are done with the downloading, navigate to the download location.
- Insert an empty CD in the CD driver and burn the ISO file on the CD using any free burning tool available on the internet.
- Once the burning is over, you can use the CD to install Windows XP OS on any computer.
Having a backup for any software is important as electronic devices are unpredictable and losing the files is a common thing that happens. Backing up the OS will reduce the dependence on computer specialists for repairing the computer and the OS installation from a bootable disk is very easy and can be done by anyone by following some simple easy steps. Microsoft has also officially ended its support for the OS so reaching Microsoft to get a copy of the XP OS may prove to be difficult. The CD is compact and can be carried with to any place and the CDs will remain intact as the files burned are permanent. CDs are highly compatible with many BIOS and UEFIs, hence CDs can be used to install OSes with great ease.