To help the user access a wider range of common destinations more easily from a single location, the Start menu was expanded to two columns; the left column focuses on the user's installed applications, while the right column provides access to the user's documents, and system links which were previously located on the desktop.
It is very bad Although Clear Type has an effect on CRT monitors, its primary use is for LCD/TFT-based (laptop, notebook and modern 'flatscreen') displays.
Clear Type in Windows XP currently supports the RGB and BGR sub pixel structures.
Windows XP can be upgraded to Direct X 9.0c (Shader Model 3.0), which later was included in Windows XP SP2.
Windows XP SP3 added the Windows Imaging Component introduced in Windows Vista.
The GDI+ dynamic library can be shipped with an application and used under older versions of Windows.
The total number of GDI handles per session is also raised in Windows XP from 16384 to 65536 (configurable through the registry).
There are other parameters such as contrast that can be set via a Clear Type Tuner powertoy that Microsoft makes available as a free download from its Typography website.
With Windows XP, the Start button has been updated to support Fitt's law.
Windows XP shipped with Direct X 8.1 which brings major new features to Direct X Graphics besides Direct X Audio (both Direct Sound and Direct Music), Direct Play, Direct Input and Direct Show.Direct3D introduced programmability in the form of vertex and pixel shaders, enabling developers to write code without worrying about superfluous hardware state, and fog, bump mapping and texture mapping.