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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.
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 .
WinFLP is a Windows XP derivative specifically optimized for legacy PCs . 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.
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 (1.1GB).
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.
An updated WinFLP will ship after the first service pack for Windows Vista is released. It will be based on Windows NT 6.1, which is another name for Windows Vista Service Pack 1.
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