Windows Fundamentals for Legacy

Windows Fundamentals for Legacy is a thin client operating system developed by Microsoft on the lined of the properties and functionality of Windows XP Embedded. However, they are optimized for older and less powerful computer hardware. Officially released on 8 July 2006, Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs is not an experient operating system but can perform some of the tasks that are generally affiliated with a fully-fledged general-purpose operating system. It is contrived to act for local workloads like security, tasks related to document viewing, management and .NET framework. It is designed in such a way that it works as a client-server solution with the RDP clients or other third party clients. An example of third party client is Citrix ICA.


Windows Fundamentals for Legacy ensures a reduction in the cost of ownership of older hardware systems. By adopting Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs as Windows XP thin clients, the user can reduce the total cost of ownership and enjoy a solution that is strong, familiar and efficient to use as well as manage.

Windows Fundamentals for Legacy increases security and management of older hardware systems.the Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs include devices that formerly operated older operating systems but can now be protected as well as managed the same way as Windows XP SP2.

Windows Fundamentals for Legacy increases IT flexibility with PC hardware. Users of Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs can easily position PC desktops as thin clients and move the applications to a Terminal Server without compromising its ability to move back to a rich client, if need be.

Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs is accessible to clients of Microsoft Software Assurance. This is owing to the fact that it is specifically designed to be an option of upgradation that is inexpensive for corporations that have a multitude of Windows 9x computers but are deficient in the necessary hardware equipments to support the latest version of Windows.


Cost-reducing features Manageability and security features IT flexibility features
A user can easily upgrade the operating system on a minimum hardware requirement which consists of Intel Pentium 233 MHz or AMD equivalent, 800x600x16 Graphics Card, 64 MB Random access memory, 10 Mbps Network Interface Card. The users can bring the legacy desktops into a well-managed infrastructure by using tools that are familiar, namely, Group Policy objects, Microsoft Management Console, SMS and Windows Management Infrastructure. The users are given the options to choose from a variety of components like Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, Disk protection, East Asian Languages Support and Windows Messenger.
The user can use it on an older hardware with a small footprint that is as low as 611 MB and can easily go to 1 GB depending entirely on the system configuration as well as the features that are installed. The users can deliver levels of security that are present in SP2 to older and less secure PCs without compromising on the level of protection measurement in the operating system. A multitude of options allows the users to permit organization-specific customization.
Microsoft Premier Support through software assurance is easily liable to the users of legacy PCs as it is to the users of Windows XP SP2. The users can get the same appearance and feel as Windows XP 2, which is quite evident from the look of control panel, local and network printing, wireless networking and accessibility features. Desktops that are Windows Vista Enterprise centralized give the users the license to remote into a Windows Client VM on a Windows Fundamentals for legacy PC desktop.
The users are subjected to the same tools as those in Windows XP SP2. The user can decrease the maintenance issues by updating the security and protection platforms and with the help of automatic planning.  
The users can act on the latest management and security infrastructure, which includes SMS (system management server), Active directory and Group policy. The user can easily lock down the desktop by moving most of the applications to a Terminal Server and storing the data of critical nature in the data center.  
It comes packed with the traditional set-up wizard, remote installation service, unattended setup, SMS, third-party software distribution product et cetera. The attack surface can be easily decreased with the help of a smaller footprint.  
It uses a multitude of methods for the process of booting, PXE/RIS and flash. The number of operating systems that need to be managed can be minimized.  
The multitude of deployment options helps to minimize the process as well as the migration cost.