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December 10, 2001 | PCWorld - XP's Gotchas - Windows XP is selling briskly, but the patch parade is already in full swing. Here's a guide to the top upgrade glitches -- and their fixes. 

December 8, 2001 | CNet - CNET offers this collection of articles about Windows XP and what it means to you. There are reviews of the operating system and the Microsoft Plus add-on, some information on look-and-feel, implications of Microsoft's Passport technology, usage tips and tricks, and more. If you've wondered about whether to upgrade this may be a relatively gentle way to figure out what you'll be getting into.

December 5, 2001 | Practically Networked - Adding Windows XP Home Edition to an Existing Network.

December 5, 2001 | Network Magazine - Windows XP: Security by Complexity Windows XP finally brings real security to the desktop.

October 23, 2001 | CNet News - The Gatekeeper: Microsoft's Ultimate Weapon. In this special report, CNET examines the multifaceted strategy from legal, economic and practical perspectives, offering a different angle in each of the seven business days leading up to Windows XP's formal release Oct. 25.

September 7, 2001 | Microsoft - Before you buy a new computer, make sure it can run Windows XP. Check out our list of Windows XP Ready PCs and prepare for the future of computing.

September 5, 2001 | NY Times - David Pogue, the fellow behind the Missing Manual books, gives his opinion of Windows XP. see note

September 5, 2001 | InformationWeek - Fred Langa continues his discussion of Windows Product Activation with comments from readers.

August 24, 2001 | Microsoft - New orders for Windows XP Professional Release Candidate 2 (RC2) will now be accepted through September 19, 2001. To place your order, visit here.

August 24, 2001 | CNet - Microsoft on Friday revealed final retail pricing for Windows XP, a day after leaked the information on the Web for a second time.

August 23, 2001 | Microsoft - Windows Product Activation. Microsoft explains what it is and what is does. They're apparently going to relax some of the requirements of WPA. note: This is a Word document. You'll either need Wordpad or Word to view this document.

August 21, 2001 | InformationWeek - Windows Product Activation, or WPA - What is it? How does it work? Fred Langa answers these questions for us.

August 8, 2001 | CNet - Starting next month, some new PCs could include an unexpected accessory: Windows XP.

August 2, 2001 | Microsoft - Windows XP RC2 is now available for download. Registered customers should be getting their download passwords. 

July 25, 2001 | CNet - Lawmakers, trustbusters and competitors are turning up the heat on Microsoft, indicating they could seek to delay the company's Windows XP operating system, due to ship in October.

July 19, 2001 | CNet - Microsoft said Wednesday it will ease up on planned anti-piracy measures in its upcoming Windows XP operating system amid fire from critics who say the measures will needlessly hassle innocent users.

July 18, 2001 | PC Magazine - Find out if you've got what it takes to support XP.

July 18, 2001 | CNet - Microsoft will not include the software needed to run programs written in the Java programming language in its new Windows XP operating system, the software giant said Tuesday.

July 10, 2001 | CNet - As if Microsoft didn't have enough trouble this week with a prolonged outage of its MSN Messenger service, the company has also stumbled in its delivery of a preview version of its Windows XP operating system to more than 100,000 testers. Additionally has apparently pulled a preview version of Windows XP from its online store.

July 5, 2001 | Microsoft - Stop by the Windows XP website to see which computer manufacturers are currently offering Windows XP ready PCs.

July 2, 2001 | Microsoft - Windows XP Release Candidate 1 (RC1) is now ready for download! Download times can be anywhere from 43 minutes for someone with a T1 line to 20 hours for slobs like me with an analog 56kb modem! In truth I use a friend's system to download using a cable modem and then transferring to a CD using a CD-RW drive.

June 28, 2001 | Former writer for, Scot Finnie, now has his own newsletter and he attended a preview of Windows XP. Read about his impressions in his latest newsletter. Good reading and good newsletter.

June 27, 2001 | CNet - Microsoft may have discovered the ultimate turnoff. The company's new product-activation technology, which locks Office XP or Windows XP to a particular PC hardware configuration, can deactivate unexpectedly, rendering the software useless. The feature could present the biggest headache to people that frequently upgrade or change components on their PCs.

June 12, 2001 | InfoWorld - If you think the Internet is wild now, security pro Steve Gibson says it's nothing compared to the problems that will ensue if Windows XP is released in its current form.

June 11, 2001 | CNet - Advanced instant-messaging technology could help Microsoft break a string of mediocre upgrade cycles to its ubiquitous operating system, analysts say.

May 21, 2001 | C|Net News - When Microsoft releases Windows XP in October, will smaller software companies benefit from jumping aboard the bandwagon or be run over by it?

May 16, 2001 | Scot Finnie's Newsletter - The Lycos Computers channel is the publisher of a detailed, Winmag-style, Windows XP Beta 2 review called "Get up to Speed on Windows XP." The story was written by Serdar Yegulalp, Neil Randall, Dave Methvin, and me (Scot Finnie.) In addition, Winmag art and production staffers Heide Balaban, Jeanette Hafke, and Roma Nowak contributed to the article. Lycos's Vito Valentinetti also worked on production. Editor's note:  This is the most detailed report yet on Windows XP. Also you might want to subscribe to Scot's Newsletter.

May 10, 2001 | C|Net - Despite Microsoft's hype about Windows XP, most enterprises are not in for a significantly different experience.

May 7, 2001 | ZDNet - Here is a list of articles on Windows XP (over 200) that have been posted to the various ZDNet sites.

April 27, 2001 | C|Net - Microsoft is requiring consumers who want to use the latest version of Windows Media Player to upgrade to the new Windows XP operating system -- a move that is reminiscent of the company's controversial decision to tie the Internet Explorer browser with Windows.

April 26, 2001 | C|Net - Microsoft will not support a budding peripheral-connection standard in its forthcoming Windows XP operating system, instead favoring a technology developed by Apple Computer.

April 24, 2001 | PC Magazine - This fall Microsoft will release Windows XP, its first major operating-system upgrade since Windows 95.

April 20, 2001 | PC Magazine - Microsoft could step into a pothole if the upcoming Windows XP operating system polices users.

April 19, 2001 | NY Times - Another Version of Windows Is on the Way. The earthquake in Seattle in February while Bill Gates was demonstrating the new Windows XP operating system at a local hotel may seem like a mere thunder rumble compared with the impact on the marketplace when this latest version of Windows hits store shelves later this year. As Microsoft sees it, Windows XP has the potential to be its biggest leap forward in home operating-system software since Windows 95 was introduced. note

April 12, 2001 | CNet - Can Microsoft beat the security bugs? That's the intent of a multi-pronged strategy that the software giant unveiled Tuesday at the RSA Data Security Conference.

April 5, 2001 | CNet - PC enthusiasts looking to grab an early copy of Windows XP may be in for a big surprise: Many will need more computing horsepower to run the operating system.