Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs

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Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs
Version of the Windows NT operating system
Source model
Released to
July 8, 2006; 17 years ago (2006-07-08)
Final release5.1.2600.5512 Service Pack 3 (SP3) / October 7, 2008; 15 years ago (2008-10-07)[1]
Kernel typeHybrid kernel
LicenseProprietary commercial software
Succeeded byWindows Thin PC[2]
Support status
Mainstream support ended on April 14, 2009.[3]
Extended support ended on April 8, 2014.[3]

Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs is a smaller version of the Windows XP operating system made by Microsoft[4] but made more efficient for older computers. It was released on the 8th of July 2006, around 2 years after Windows XP Service Pack 2 was released in August of 2004. The operating system is not designed for consumer use but it is able to do most of the things that a normal Windows XP system could do.[5] The operating system stopped getting new things except security fixes on the 14th of April 2009 and stopped being given security fixes on the 8th of April 2014.[3]

Hardware requirements[change | change source]

Requirements Minimum Recommended
CPU 233 megahertz (Pentium) 300 megahertz (Pentium)
RAM 64 megabytes 128 megabytes
GPU 800x600 800x600
HDD 610 megabytes 1 gigabyte

Even though the operating system was made for older computers, the requirements are similar to Windows XP, but it is faster then Windows XP when running with a lower amount of megahertz on the CPU and fits with less HDD space due to the removal of programs such as Microsoft Paint and Microsoft Outlook. Microsoft does not think of it as a general-purpose operating system.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Download Details: Service Pack 3 for Windows Embedded for Point of Service and Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs". Microsoft Download Center. Microsoft Corporation. October 7, 2008. Archived from the original on November 24, 2020. Retrieved January 31, 2010.
  2. Mackie, Kurt. "Windows Thin PC Trial Software Now Available --". Redmondmag. Archived from the original on October 15, 2016. Retrieved November 23, 2023.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs - Microsoft Lifecycle". Microsoft Learn. Microsoft. Archived from the original on 28 September 2022. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  4. "Microsoft Software Assurance Benefits - Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs". Microsoft Volume Licensing. Archived from the original on March 29, 2010. Retrieved July 25, 2009. Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs is based on the Windows XP Embedded Service Pack 2 (SP2) operating system
  5. "Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs". Microsoft. 9 September 2005. Archived from the original on 7 December 2006. Retrieved 22 March 2024. Updated 17 July 2006
  6. "Microsoft Software Assurance - Frequently Asked Questions"