Windows XP established several new features to the Windows line, including:
- Windows XP has quicker start-up and hibernation sequences
- Windows XP has the ability to abandon a newer device driver in favour of the previous one, should a driver upgrade not produce desirable results
- Windows XP has a new, arguably more user-friendly interface, including the framework for developing themes for the desktop environment
- Windows XP enables fast user switching, which allows a user to save the current state and open applications of their desktop and allow another user to log on without losing that information
- Windows XP has clear type font rendering mechanism, which is designed to improve text readability on Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) and similar monitors
- Windows XP offers remote Desktop functionality, which allows users to connect to a computer running Windows XP from across a network or the Internet and access their applications, files, printers, and devices
- Windows XP offers support for most DSL modems and wireless network connections, as well as networking over FireWire, and Bluetooth.
- Windows XP features a new task-based graphical user interface.