The Number of Processors Windows XP Can Support
As you might be well aware, Windows platforms are engineered such that multiple processors can be accommodated within a single system. Even though a single efficient processor is more than enough for an OS like Windows XP to put up its best show, greater number of processing units could add to the overall performance of the system. If so, an obvious question arises- How many processors can Windows XP support?
Well, you might have your genuine doubts regarding such a question. And in this post, the Windows XP support crew attempts to address the same.
How many processors can Windows XP Accommodate?
Even though the question seems to be about some technical system specifications, it’s actually not so. All of us would have a straightaway answer that Windows platforms can support any number of processors. But there is a legal constraint that caps the number. Depending on the version of your Windows XP OS, the number of installable processors varies.
As the Windows XP support team points out, knowing the version of your Windows platform and understanding the ‘dual-core’ factor would help you decide the number of installable processors.
Knowing the Version of your Windows OS
The number of processors supportable by your Windows XP version can be easily known from official website of Microsoft. And in order to know the version of your OS, simply the check the sticker on your computer. Or you may refer the user manual that came with your OS.
The following steps would help you identify the version of your OS:
- Begin by clicking on the “Start” menu at the left-bottom corner of your desktop.
- Right-click on the option “My Computer” and choose “Properties” from the context menu.
- From the Properties window, almost all the information regarding your OS, including the version details could be obtained.
The Dual-Core Factor
One pointless doubt that most us have regarding the issue in question is whether multi-core processors constrain the number of installable processing units. Well, the Windows XP support team says that, such a question is absolutely pointless. The limit is only on the number of distinct processors that could be supported by your OS, and never the number of cores within a single processor. As such, we need to understand that the licensing is on a ‘per-processor’ basis and not ‘per-core’.
So that clears all your doubts regarding the number of processors your Windows XP PC could support. To know more, do get in touch with Windows XP help.
Fixing the Error Code ‘10’ when Using a USB Drive
We could hardly manage our day to day computing activities without USB devices. And almost all electronic devices nowadays come with USB connectivity. The USB mechanism was in fact developed to facilitate stable connections of devices with computers. However, as the Windows XP support team points out, chances are that we would encounter errors with our USB devices at some point or the other.
In this post, we give you a comprehensive account on how to resolve such issues on your Windows XP computer.
The Error Code ‘10’
The Error Code ‘10’ fundamentally pertains to any connectivity issues between your PC and a USB device. Even though there aren’t many explanations for this problem, the indication is that something is wrong with the USB device or the computer it is connected to.
- Begin by determining whether the issue is with the PC or the USB device. For this, you may connect the USB device to another PC and see if it’s working. In case you find that your device is not detected by the other computer as well, it can be deduced that the problem is with the former. And if it goes well, it can be concluded that the issue is with your PC.
- Verify whether the USB is correctly configured for the peripheral device that you are using for. Be it a camera, MP3 player, scanner or PSP, the USB cable and plug should well match with the USB specifications of your PC. The point is that USB 2.0 cables may not work with USB 1.1 configured devices and vice versa.
According to the Windows XP support team, the following steps are in order for resolving the issue in question:
- Right click on “My Computer” and select “Properties” from the context menu.
- Click on “Hardware” and choose “Device Manager”. You may now expand the USB section by clicking on the “+” sign.
- Uninstall the USB devices by right clicking on them one by one and selecting “Uninstall”.
- Close the Device Manager window, and restart your PC. The OS shall now automatically install the required USB controllers.
The above account would surely prove helpful in resolving any connectivity issues between your PC and USB devices. For any further assistance, do get in touch with Windows XP support.