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Europe gets a new Windows XP – well, sort of

August 14th, 2005 by Patrick Elliott

To comply with a recent decision by the EU, it appears customers in Europe will be seeing a new Windows XP “N”, without any Windows Media Player, or other multimedia components built in to it. Customers will still be able to download Windows Media Player from the website.

From MSDN Subscriptions:

“In compliance with the European Commission Decision, Microsoft has produced for distribution in Europe new versions of Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional. These new versions will not contain certain multimedia-related components specified in the European Commission Decision. These multimedia-related components are comprised of 186 files in these versions of Windows. A complete list of these files is available at

The regular versions of Windows XP Home Edition and Professional will continue to include those components and will remain available to European consumers.

These new versions of Windows XP Home Edition and Professional are not intended for distribution to customers outside of Europe.”

Back in Virginia now folks!
Patrick Elliott

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3 Responses

  1. Patrick S Says:

    Welcome back Pat,

    I would have thought that they would remove Windows messenger. I think its in China that they are fighting to get it removed for the same reasons as media player i think.

  2. Andre Says:

    Can’t wait to see it in stores here in Portugal…
    Wonder if the stores will ever clean the dust from the packages… 😎

  3. Patrick E Says:

    I had not heard that China was concerned about Windows Messenger, is it because they cannot control the free flow of information (news, information, possible anti-communist ideas maybe??)

    As to Andre’s question, unfortunantly — err or fortunantly rather, it won’t be distributed via retail channels — rather it will be sold directly to OEMs or large system builders