The user's name and user's account picture are also shown on the Start menu.The taskbar buttons for running applications and Quick Launch have also been updated for Fitt's law.The Start menu is fully customizable, links can be added or removed; the number of frequently used programs to display can be set.The All Programs menu expands like the classic Start menu to utilize the entire screen but can be set to scroll programs.Underneath “File and Folder Tasks” is “Other Places”, which always lists the parent folder of the folder being viewed and includes additional links to other common locations such as “My Computer”, “Control Panel”, and “My Documents” or previously navigated locations.These change depending on what folder the user was in.
Conversely, a folder containing music files would offer options to play those files in a media player, or to go online to purchase music.
The task pane is displayed on the left side of the window instead of the traditional folder tree view when the navigation pane is turned off.
It presents the user with a list of common actions and destinations that are relevant to the current directory or file(s) selected.
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.