Compatible Hardware and Software overview

Compatible Hardware and Software is an informational service provided by Microsoft on the Internet that helps you decide which programs and hardware will work best with your computer. Use Compatible Hardware and Software to preview products before you buy them, or to check whether the products you have now need to be updated. The site is updated regularly, so you can always get the most recent information.

Search by manufacturer or product, or browse through lists of software and hardware devices. When you find the product you are looking for, you can review the compatibility status provided to determine if this product works with Windows XP or if you need an update. In many cases, Microsoft and other software and hardware vendors have tested a product and rated its compatibility with Windows XP. In other cases, the product's compatibility status is determined through practical use. Microsoft encourages other vendors to submit information about how well their product works with Windows® XP.


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To get the most up-to-date compatibility information, you must be connected to the Internet.

Compatibility is not necessarily a complete list of programs and devices compatible with Windows XP. It is a collection of products for which test data has been submitted to Microsoft. If you do not find a specific product, contact the manufacturer and encourage them to register their product in the Windows Logo Program on the Microsoft Web site .

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