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Article ID: 314062 - Last Review: May 7, 2012 - Revision: 5.0

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For a Windows 2000 and a Microsoft Windows NT version of this article, see 131303  ( ) .


This article describes what the Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) is, and it provides a link to the Microsoft Web site where you can view the latest HCL.


The HCL lists the computers and computer hardware components that have been extensively tested with Windows products for stability and compatibility. The Microsoft Product Support Services group uses the HCL to identify computers and components that are supported for use with the Windows operating system.

Before you install Microsoft Windows XP on a computer, check the HCL to make sure that the computer is certified by Microsoft as Windows-compliant.

To obtain the latest Windows HCL list, visit the following Microsoft Web site: (
To find additional information about hardware and software compatibility with Windows XP, visit the following Microsoft Web site: (

  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
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