10 March 2009

Windows XP and Vista - Difference and Types

Main purpose of this post is to give you an insight on the topic and guide you further into understanding everything related to Differences and types of Windows & Vista

Some of you may know, some of you not. Everybody knows the widely recognized Windows XP and Windows Vista but the question is, how to choose the right version and especially it should meet your requirements. Isn't it.

Here, I have explained about the types of Windows XP and Windows Vista versions, if you could spend some time reading this tutorial you will understand what type of windows version will choose to your requirements.

Let's go on.

1. Windows XP

What is Windows XP?

Windows XP is the newest generation of the Windows operating system. Windows XP was released on October 25, 2001. Presumably, the letters XP come from the word experience, indicating how Windows XP has evolved from previous versions of Windows.

Windows XP comes in the following versions:

* Windows XP Home
* Windows XP Professional
* Windows XP Media Center Edition
* Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
* Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

Some additional but less common versions of Windows XP are Windows XP Embedded and Windows XP Starter Edition.

How to identify the Windows XP Version using Product IDs

Windows XP Professional - Corporate

Windows XP Professional - Corporate/Volume requires Volume License Key (VLK) and activation not required.

You can view your Product ID by right clicking the "My Computer" and click "Properties"



















Product ID range : -
55274-640 to 55274-652
76487-640 to 76487-652
Windows XP Professional - Retail

Windows XP Professional - Retail requires a retail key and activation required.

Product ID range: -
55274-001 to 55274-338 and so on
76487-001 to 76487-338 and so on
Windows XP Professional - OEM

Windows XP Professional - OEM requires a retail key and activation required (This version normally comes with Branded PC's and it is pre-installed.

Product ID: -
55274-OEM
76487-OEM
Windows XP Home Edition - Retail

Windows XP Home Edition - Retail requires a retail key and activation required.

Product ID range: -
55277-001 to 55274-338 and so on
76477-001 to 76487-338 and so on
Windows XP Home Edition - OEM

Windows XP Home Edition - OEM requires a retail key and activation required (This version normally comes with Branded PC's and it is pre-installed.

Product ID : -
55277-OEM
76477-OEM
Windows XP Media Center Edition - Retail/OEM

Windows XP Media Center Edition Retail/OEM requires a retail key and activation required

Product ID: -
55274-365 / 55274-OEM
76477-365 / 76487-OEM
Windows XP Tablet PC Edition - Retail/OEM

Windows XP Tablet PC Edition - Retail/OEM requires a retail key and activation required (this edition requires a special hardware which supports onscreen touch pad)

Product ID : -
55274-360 / 55274-OEM
76477-360 / 76487-OEM
List of Windows XP Labels:

Windows XP SP0 CD Labels
  • Windows XP Professional Retail = WXPFPP_EN
  • Windows XP Home Retail = WXHFPP_EN
  • Windows XP Professional Upgrade = WXPCCP_EN
  • Windows XP Home Upgrade = WXHCCP_EN
  • Windows XP Professional OEM = WXPOEM_EN
  • Windows XP Home OEM = WXHOEM_EN
  • Windows XP Professional VLK/Corporate/Volume = WXPVOL_EN
  • Windows XP Professional 120-day Evaluation = WXPEVL_EN

Windows XP SP1 CD Labels
  • Windows XP Professional (SP1) Retail = XRMPFPP_EN
  • Windows XP Home (SP1) Retail = XRMHFPP_EN
  • Windows XP Professional (SP1) Upgrade = XRMPCCP_EN
  • Windows XP Home (SP1) Upgrade = XRMHCCP_EN
  • Windows XP Professional (SP1) OEM = XRMPOEM_EN
  • Windows XP Home (SP1) OEM = XRMHOEM_EN
  • Windows XP Professional (SP1) VLK/Corporate/Volume = XRMPVOL_EN
Windows XP SP1a CD Labels
  • Windows XP Professional (SP1a) Retail = X1APFPP_EN
  • Windows XP Home (SP1a) Retail = X1AHFPP_EN
  • Windows XP Professional (SP1a) Upgrade = X1APCCP_EN
  • Windows XP Professional (SP1a) Upgrade = X1APCCP_EN
  • Windows XP Home (SP1a) Upgrade = X1AHCCP_EN
  • Windows XP Professional (SP1a) OEM = X1APOEM_EN
  • Windows XP Home (SP1a) OEM = X1AHOEM_EN
  • Windows XP Professional (SP1a) VLK/Corporate/Volume = X1APVOL_EN
  • Windows XP Professional (SP1a) MSDN = X1APFPP_EN
Windows XP SP2 CD Labels
  • Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Retail = ARMPXFPP_EN
  • Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Upgrade = ARMPXCCP_EN
  • Windows XP Professional x64 Edition OEM = ARMPXOEM_EN
  • Windows XP Professional x64 Edition VLK/Corporate/Volume = ARMPXVOL_EN
  • Windows XP Professional (SP2) Retail = VRMPFPP_EN
  • Windows XP Home (SP2) Retail = VRMHFPP_EN
  • Windows XP Professional (SP2) Upgrade = VRMPCCP_EN
  • Windows XP Home (SP2) Upgrade = VRMHCCP_EN
  • Windows XP Professional (SP2) OEM = VRMPOEM_EN
  • Windows XP Home (SP2) OEM = VRMHOEM_EN
  • Windows XP Professional (SP2) VLK/Corporate/Volume = VRMPVOL_EN
  • Windows XP Professional (SP2) MSDN = VRMPFPP_EN
Windows XP SP2b CD Labels
  • Windows XP Professional (SP2b) Retail = VX2PFPP_EN
  • Windows XP Home (SP2b) Retail = VX2HFPP_EN
  • Windows XP Professional (SP2b) Upgrade = VX2PCCP_EN
  • Windows XP Home (SP2b) Upgrade = VX2HCCP_EN
  • Windows XP Professional (SP2b) OEM = VX2POEM_EN
  • Windows XP Home (SP2b) OEM = VX2HOEM_EN
  • Windows XP Professional (SP2b) VLK/Corporate/Volume = VX2PVOL_EN
  • Windows XP Professional (SP2b) SEL = VX2PFPP_EN
Windows XP SP3 CD Labels
  • Windows XP Service Pack 3 - ISO-9660 CD Image File = GRTMUPD_EN
  • Windows XP Professional (SP3) Retail = GRTMPFPP_EN
  • Windows XP Professional N (SP3) Retail = GRTMPRMFPP_EN
  • Windows XP Home (SP3) Retail = GRTMHFPP_EN
  • Windows XP Home K (SP3) Retail = GRTMHKFPP_EN
  • Windows XP Home KN (SP3) Retail = GRTMHKNFPP_EN
  • Windows XP Home N (SP3) Retail = GRTMHRMFPP_EN
  • Windows XP Professional (SP3) OEM = GRTMPOEM_EN
  • Windows XP Home (SP3) OEM = GRTMHOEM_EN
  • Windows XP Professional (SP3) VLK/Corporate/Volume = GRTMPVOL_EN
  • Windows XP Professional KN (SP3) VLK/Corporate/Volume = GRTMPKNVOL_EN
  • Windows XP Professional K (SP3) VLK/Corporate/Volume = GRTMPKVOL_EN
  • Windows XP Professional N (SP3) VLK/Corporate/Volume = GRTMPRMVOL_EN
Source: -
http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=226















2. Windows Vista

Product IDs: -
  • X86.Starter = 89571
  • X86.StarterN = 89588
  • X86.HomeBasic = 89572
  • X86.HomeBasicN = 89575
  • X86.HomePremium = 89578
  • X86.Business = 89576
  • X86.BusinessN = 89577
  • X86.Enterprise = 89579
  • X86.Ultimate = 89580
  • X86.ServerStandard = 78438
  • X86.ServerEnterprise = 78440
  • X86.ServerDatacenter = 78443
  • X64.HomeBasic = 89581
  • X64.HomeBasicN = 89582
  • X64.HomePremium = 89583
  • X64.Business = 89584
  • X64.BusinessN = 89585
  • X64.Enterprise = 89586
  • X64.Ultimate = 89587
Windows Server 2008
  • X64.ServerStandard = 78439
  • X64.ServerEnterprise = 78441
  • X64.ServerDatacenter = 78442
  • IA64.ServerEnterpriseIA64 = 78444
Important Note:

There is no separate DVD for Windows Vista Editions except for Windows Vista Business and Enterprise Volume Versions. But many people assumes that separate version exists, only the product key decides which edition you can install.

In addition this page will give you more info about product ID and CD Labels
http://wiki.lunarsoft.net/wiki/Product_IDs#MPC_list_-_English_locale

Thanks for reviewing this article, I hope you found the information useful and to of great use..



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