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Why Does XP Call Itself "Version 2002"?

Postby MajorSky17 » January 1st, 2018, 2:49 pm

I've never really understood this, even after following the development process for the videos. It hasn't happened with a Windows release before or since, but for some reason, in Windows XP, there is a line in the system properties dialog box that says it is "Version 2002". It was this way in RTM (released in October 2001, so therefore surely "Version 2001"?), through all Service Packs and even after Service Pack 3 is installed (surely then "Version 2008"?). My question is...why? :?

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The only difference I am aware of is in Windows XP x64, which reports "Version 2003":

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P.S. Here's a link to a similar thread to this at BetaArchive.


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Re: Why Does XP Call Itself "Version 2002"?

Postby jKcementj » January 4th, 2018, 2:40 pm

We don't know at this point why XP was called "Version 2002" but maybe MS thought that it will be appropriate to be called Version 2002 becuase of Beta 2 and Pre-RC1 Builds on the boot screen refer Windows XP version 2002 which was removed in later builds of XP

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Re: Why Does XP Call Itself "Version 2002"?

Postby Futta22 » January 15th, 2018, 3:24 pm

I think its made in 2002 and published in another year.

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Re: Why Does XP Call Itself "Version 2002"?

Postby Windows Senpai » January 20th, 2018, 11:05 pm

You're wrong, Futta22. XP was released in 2001, not 2002.

In my opinion, XP was labeled "Version 2002" since it was released a few months away from 2002, and Microsoft have often named their products by the year after release, Microsoft Office 2000 and 2016 being two examples that spring to mind. Professional x64 was Version 2003 as it was based on Server 2003.

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Re: Why Does XP Call Itself "Version 2002"?

Postby nknight » January 22nd, 2018, 5:41 pm

Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs calls it self version 2006 and that kind of makes sense because Windows FLP was released in 2006. But Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 calls itself Version 2.0 and I don't know about that.


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