Windows XP Starter Edition

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Windows XP Starter Edition
Version of Microsoft Windows
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OS familyWindows NT
Version5.1
Codename
Preliminary name
Architecturex86
Latest build
Release date2004-08-11[1]
Support end2014-04-08
SKUs
Starter Edition
Based on
Windows XP Home Edition
Replaced by
Windows Vista Starter

Windows XP Starter Edition is an edition of Windows XP, released on 11 August 2004. It is a stripped down version of Windows XP Home Edition that was released internationally for low-cost or low-end PCs in developing countries like Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and some Latin American countries.

Differences from other SKUs[edit | edit source]

  • The Luna theme cannot be activated since the tab to change the theme is removed. However, the file is still available and can be used via registry modification.
  • The user cannot run more than three programs or three sessions of a program. Terminating explorer.exe may bypass this though.
  • This build will not boot on a faster CPU, as it will result in an "Unsupported state" error message that results in a system crash. Alongside, it will not recognize more than 512MB of RAM (256MB for most international releases).
  • A permanent watermark is added on the bottom right of the screen, which will still appear on top of everything as long as explorer.exe is active.
  • It uses large icons and mouse cursor by default.
  • There is only one wallpaper that is used by default. However, international releases have different backgrounds.
  • It contains a very different File Protection, if there is any user modification in the registry or a few system files, then an "Unsupported state" error message will appear and then winlogon.exe will get terminated, more than likely leading to a system crash. This is mostly seen Disabling some protection services may prevent this, however it has a very harsh File Protection system which restores the files and the registry settings upon changing them.
  • Classic View in the Control Panel is missing, however it can be restored via logging in as a SYSTEM or NETWORKSERVICE account privilege.
  • Attempting to logon as NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM works, however it doesn't provide much advantages over the regular "Administrator" account, and much of the protected system components are controlled by a higher level.
  • Being based of Windows XP Home Edition, many MMC extensions won't work, even when being logged on as NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM.
  • Terminating critical system processes such as winlogon.exe or lsass.exe is not possible by regular means, and the tskill command line utility is extremely limited.
  • Even if all system processes are force stopped, the system does not trigger a BSOD, the only exception to that stopping the RPC service which leads to an issued "shutdown" by the system.

Apparently, there is also a 1024x768 screen resolution limitation, but it is not implemented.

Builds[edit | edit source]

RTM[edit | edit source]

Service Pack 3[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]