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AnswerWindows XP can be installed on surprisingly low system requirements. With the average life cycle of a regular PC being roughly 4-6 years, just about any PC being used today can run Windows XP.

The following requirements are Microsoft's "official" minimum system requirements which I have tested to work fine with the exception of only 64 MB of RAM (performance is poor). Increasing your RAM to 128 MB would be the only upgrade I would strongly consider as my absolute minimum Windows XP system requirements.

Windows XP Home Edition Minimum:

233 MHz CPU *

64 MB of RAM (may limit performance and some features) *

1.5 GB of available hard disk space *

Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution video adapter and monitor

CD-ROM or DVD drive

Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device

Maximum:

4 GB of RAM (4 GB of Virtual Memory)

1 Physical CPU (With Hyper-threading 2 Virtual CPUs)

Recommended:

300 MHz CPU *

128 MB of RAM *

1.5 GB of available hard disk space *

Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution video adapter with at least 8 MB of video RAM and monitor

CD-ROM or DVD drive

Network adapter

Sound card and speakers

Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device

  • Actual requirements will vary based on your system configuration and the applications and features you choose to install. Additional available hard disk space may be required if you are installing over a network.

Windows XP Professional Edition

Minimum:

233 MHz CPU *

64 MB of RAM (may limit performance and some features) *

1.5 GB of available hard disk space *

Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution video adapter and monitor

CD-ROM or DVD drive

Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device

Maximum:

4 GB of RAM (4 GB of Virtual Memory)

2 Physical CPUs (With Hyper-threading 4 Virtual CPUs)

Recommended:

300 MHz CPU *

128 MB of RAM *

1.5 GB of available hard disk space *

Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution video adapter with at least 8 MB of video RAM and monitor

CD-ROM or DVD drive

Network adapter

Sound card and speakers

Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device

  • Actual requirements will vary based on your system configuration and the applications and features you choose to install. Additional available hard disk space may be required if you are installing over a network.

Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

The "x64 Edition" is not to be confused with the "64-bit Edition", as the latter was designed for IA-64 (Intel Itanium) processors. They both are commonly referred to as "64-bit Windows" by Microsoft due to their similarities from the developers' point of view.

Advisory Warning - Windows XP Professional x64 Edition cannot be successfully installed on x86 (32-bit) systems or 64-bit Intel Itanium-based systems. 32-bit device drivers are not supported on Windows XP Professional x64 Edition.

Minimum:

AMD Athlon 64, AMD Opteron, Intel Xeon with Intel EM64T support, Intel Pentium 4 with Intel EM64T support CPUs *

256 MB of RAM *

1.5 GB of available hard disk space *

Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution video adapter and monitor

CD-ROM or DVD drive

Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device

64-bit Device Drivers

Maximum:

128 GB of RAM (16 TB of Virtual Memory)

2 Physical CPUs (With Hyper-threading 4 Virtual CPUs)

Recommended:

AMD Athlon 64, AMD Opteron, Intel Xeon with Intel EM64T support, Intel Pentium 4 with Intel EM64T support CPU *

256 MB of RAM or higher *

1.5 GB of available hard disk space *

Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution video adapter with at least 8 MB of video RAM and monitor

CD-ROM or DVD drive

Network adapter

Sound card and speakers

Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device

64-bit Device Drivers

  • Actual requirements will vary based on your system configuration and the applications and features you choose to install. Additional available hard disk space may be required if you are installing over a network.
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