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Encyclopedia > Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs
Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs
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Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs. Demonstrates certain features common to the full-fledged Windows XP.
Developer
Microsoft
Web site: Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs
Release information
Release date: July 8, 2006 [ info]
Current version: RTM (July 8, 2006) [ info]
Source model: Shared source
License: Microsoft EULA
Kernel type: Hybrid kernel
Support status
Current

Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs ("WinFLP") is an operating system from Microsoft, based on Windows XP, but optimized for older, less powerful hardware. It was released on July 8, 2006. Image File history File links Flp_logo. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 76 KB) Beskrivning Windows software screenshot from Steven Binks site bink. ... July 8 is the 189th day of the year (190th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... July 8 is the 189th day of the year (190th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Shared source is a type of licensing program that allows controlled access to full or limited amounts of product source code. ... A software license is a legal agreement which may take the form of a proprietary or gratuitous license as well as a memorandum of contract between a producer and a user of computer software. ... A kernel connects the application software to the hardware of a computer. ... Graphical overview of a hybrid kernel Hybrid kernels are essentially microkernels that have some non-essential machine code in the kernel address space in order for that code to run more quickly than it would were it to be in user space. ... An operating system (OS) is a set of computer programs that manage the hardware and software resources of a computer. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... Windows XP is a line of proprietary operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ... Computer hardware is the physical part of a computer, including the digital circuitry, as distinguished from the computer software that executes within the hardware. ... July 8 is the 189th day of the year (190th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...

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Description

Microsoft positions WinFLP as an operating system that will provide basic computing services on older hardware, while still providing core management features of more recent Windows releases, such as Windows Firewall, Group Policy, Automatic Updates, and other management services. Microsoft does not consider it a general-purpose OS.[1] Windows Firewall icon in Windows Vista Windows Firewall is a personal firewall, included with Microsofts Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Vista operating systems. ... Local Group Policy Editor in Windows XP Media Center Edition Group policy is part of Microsofts IntelliMirror technology which aims to reduce the overall cost of supporting users of Windows. ...


WinFLP is a Windows XP derivative specifically optimized for legacy PCs.[2] It supports running applications locally, as well as those hosted on a remote server using Remote Desktop. It can be installed on a local hard drive, or configured as a diskless workstation. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Remote Desktop may refer to: Apples Apple Remote Desktop Microsofts Remote Desktop Connection Microsofts Remote Desktop Protocol This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... A Diskless workstation is a personal computer without any means of non-volatile storage (hence diskless). Not to be confused with Dumb Terminals or cut-down PCs acting as Remote Terminals, a Diskless Workstation is intended to run in a fully stand-alone mode after the initial boot phase. ...


WinFLP will not be made available through retail or OEM channels. Microsoft sees WinFLP as an inexpensive upgrade option for corporations that have a number of Windows 9x computers, but lack the hardware necessary to support the latest Windows. It is exclusively available to Software Assurance customers. WinFLP does not include Games, Outlook Express and some System Tools, even with a full install (1.1 GB)[3]. Drawing of a self-service store. ... Original equipment manufacturer, or OEM, is a term that refers to a situation in which one company purchases a manufactured product from another company and resells the product as its own, usually as a part of a larger product it sells. ... Windows 9x is a term used to describe the DOS-based operating systems Windows 95 and Windows 98, similar versions of Microsoft Windows which were produced in the 1990s. ... Software Assurance (SA) is a Microsoft maintenance program aimed at business customers who use Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, and other server and desktop applications. ...


WinFLP was originally announced with codenames "Eiger" and "Mönch" in mid-2005. Just like previous Microsoft Windows codenames, these are names of mountains. The Whistler and Blackcomb peaks are in British Columbia; Eiger and Mönch are in Switzerland. A code name or cryptonym is a word or name used clandestinely to refer to another name or word. ... Whistler Blackcomb is a ski resort located in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. ... Motto: Splendor Sine Occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnolo - Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 36 - Senate seats 6 Confederation July 20, 1871 (6th province) Area Ranked 4th - Total 944,735 km... For other uses, see Eiger (disambiguation). ... The Mönch (German: monk) is a mountain in the Swiss Alps. ...


Second Release

Microsoft will be updating WinFLP to the Windows NT 6.1 kernel with a second release in late 2008/early 2009.


Minimum system requirements

The Pentium is a fifth-generation x86 architecture microprocessor from Intel. ... A megabyte is a unit of information or computer storage equal to exactly one million bytes. ... Random access memory (usually known by its acronym, RAM) is a type of data storage used in computers. ... Typical hard drives of the mid-1990s. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with List of common resolutions. ... A network card, network adapter or NIC (network interface controller) is a piece of computer hardware designed to allow computers to communicate over a computer network. ...

Key features

  • Consumes by default less RAM than full Windows XP Pro
  • Supports most XP applications
  • Supports basic networking features
  • Supports most XP drivers
  • Updates older machines to modern security specs
  • Supports DirectX (Installed with Media Support / Direct-X upon OS installation)
  • Supports extended peripherals such as mouse, keyboard

Issues and limitations

  • Dial-up networking and terminal based connections are not supported
  • May have compatibility issues with some programs
  • May have problems with old drivers
  • Installation requires full disk format
  • Does not include the Joystick calibration control panel (JOY.CPL)
  • Does not include the NULL.SYS software device (used by Cygwin to implement /dev/null)[4]
  • It is not recommended to non-English users, since they must install MUI(Multilingual User Interface) pack. It allows English speaking users to use the computer freely, though it can cause some errors

Cygwin is a collection of free software tools originally developed by Cygnus Solutions to allow various versions of Microsoft Windows to act somewhat like a Unix system. ... In Unix-like operating systems, /dev/null or the null device is a special file that discards all data written to it, and provides no data to any process that reads from it. ...

Notes

  1. ^ Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs (2006-07-17). Retrieved on 2007-02-26. “Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs is not a general-purpose operating system”
  2. ^ Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs (2006-07-17). Retrieved on 2007-02-26. “based on Microsoft Windows XP Embedded Service Pack 2”
  3. ^ Microsoft Windows XP Fundamentals for Legacy PCs Screenshots (2007-04-13). Retrieved on 2007-04-13. “Installing all optional components requires 1151 MB of disk space”
  4. ^ 1.5.24 : "bash: /dev/null: No such file or directory" (Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs). cygwin mailing list archives (2007-03-12). Retrieved on 2007-03-18.

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External links

  • Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs Home Page - Information from Microsoft on this release
  • Terminal Server Progress and Commitment - PDF presentation; WinFLP is described at the end
  • Exclusive: Microsoft Windows XP Codenames: "Eiger" and "Mönch" - partial specs on Eiger and Mōnch.
  • Test of Microsoft's Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs at Bink.nu
  • Screenshot gallery at Bink.nu
  • Microsoft Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs marketing material

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