On February 24, 2006, the Korean Fair Trade Commission
(KFTC) ordered Microsoft to modify certain Microsoft Windows XP operating
systems that are currently available in the Republic of Korea. In response to
the KFTC order, Microsoft created new versions of Microsoft Windows XP Home
Edition and Microsoft Windows XP Professional for distribution in the Republic
The new versions that contain “K” in the name include links
to Web sites that contain links to software downloads. These downloads are for
third-party media player software and instant messaging software that are
available to Korean consumers.
This document describes the
differences between Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional and
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition K and Microsoft Windows XP Professional K.
These changes are based on requirements that were provided by the
This article describes changes in features and functionality
in the English and Korean language versions of the following two operating
- Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition K
- Microsoft Windows XP Professional K
These operating systems have been changed from earlier versions
of Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional.
The K versions of Windows XP provide the same functionality as
Windows XP, except that the K versions include the following changes:
- Branding elements have changed.
- A Windows registry entry has changed.
- Two new links in the Windows All Programs
menu have been added.
Changes to branding elements
The operating system name that appears on the
tab of the System Properties
box has been changed. The following changes have been made to reflect the K
- Windows XP Home Edition has been changed to Windows XP Home
- Windows XP Professional has been changed to Windows XP
To view the System Properties
follow these steps:
- Click Start, click Control
Panel, and then double-click System.
- Click the General tab.
Changes to the Windows registry
The K versions of Windows XP contain the following registry subkey:
The following registry entries
are associated with this subkey:
Value type: REG_DWORD
Value data: 0
entries are used to identify Windows XP K SKUs. When it is present, the
KWebLinks=dword:0 registry entry identifies the Windows XP operating system as
a K version.Note
In earlier versions of Windows XP, the
registry entry is
not present, or the
registry entry is set to a value of 1.
Changes to the "All Programs" menu
As required by the KTFC, two links have been added to the
menu of the K versions of Windows XP. These two
links are named Media Player Center
. These two links connect you to Web sites that contain links
to software downloads. These downloads are for third-party media player software and
instant messaging software.