Solved

Finding a vendor for Windows XP

Posted on 2011-02-21
4
253 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-24
Can someone let me know if there is a vendor who still has copies of genuine Windows XP and is reliable and can, preferably, provide a downloadable version?
0
Comment
Question by:Saqib Husain, Syed
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 35

Expert Comment

by:Ernie Beek
ID: 34942938
Another option is:

The OEM version of windows 7 includes downgrade rights to vista or XP. The question offcours is: do you need the license or the software?
0
 
LVL 8

Accepted Solution

by:
sjl1986 earned 500 total points
ID: 34943026
Looks like you can still get some copies at Buy.com.

Home:

http://www.buy.com/prod/microsoft-windows-xp-home-edition-sp3-for-system-builders-1-pack/q/sellerid/29330521/loc/105/208018289.html

Pro:
http://www.buy.com/prod/microsoft-windows-xp-professional-complete-product-oem-1-user-standard/q/loc/105/203042047.html

Buy.com is a good company that I've purchased from many times. Always use a credit card or Paypal and you will be covered if you have any problems either, but I never have and they are rated very high on Google Shopping.

The problem with the Windows 7 Pro downgrade is they tell you it is legal for you to use XP Pro, but you have to provide your own key for it. So basically, you have to already have a key from another machine or call your friend who has an XP OEM key and use that to activate your computer. I know this sounds insane, but I called Microsoft directly when dealing with the issue myself and this was the response they gave me on the phone. If you want to be able to upgrade later and you have an XP OEM key (and XP OEM CD) that you can use to install XP with, then go with Windows 7. I don't know any vendors that offer a downloadable copy of XP (I've tried many times in the past to find one). This would very likely violate Microsoft's terms of service though. Good luck.
0
 
LVL 9

Expert Comment

by:bz43
ID: 34945304
just fyi: You can purchase a Microsoft Technet  subscription and get XP that way.  A standard subscription gives you two licenses for each software you download.  So, you can download Windows XP Home Edition-Retail with two licenses, Windows XP Media Center with two licenses, Windows XP Tablet PC-Retail w/2 licenses, Office Standard 2010 with two licenses, Windows 7 Ultimate with two licenses all for about $200 per year.  The licenses don't expire if you don't renew your subscription.
 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/default.aspx
0
 
LVL 8

Expert Comment

by:sjl1986
ID: 34951458
Actually, the last I checked you get 5 licenses for every version of Windows with a Technet subscription. It was 10 up until last year when they suddenly removed half our keys with no warning.

I was going to suggest this to you as well, but I didn't because: the downside to a Technet account is (from my understanding) you can't use it legally if you are reselling the keys or using them to build computers for other people. The keys are provided for "testing purposes" only, which basically means you can use it on your personal equipment but it's mostly for learning Microsoft's products and working in a test environment. Anyone else correct me if I'm wrong.
0

Featured Post

The Eight Noble Truths of Backup and Recovery

How can IT departments tackle the challenges of a Big Data world? This white paper provides a roadmap to success and helps companies ensure that all their data is safe and secure, no matter if it resides on-premise with physical or virtual machines or in the cloud.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

CSS is a visual language used to classify objects and define rules about how they should be displayed. CSS skills aren’t restricted to developers anymore, there is a big benefit to having a basic understanding of the language, regardless of your occ…
Digital marketing agencies have encountered both the opportunities and difficulties that emerge from working with a wide-ranging organizations.
This video Micro Tutorial explains how to clone a hard drive using a commercial software product for Windows systems called Casper from Future Systems Solutions (FSS). Cloning makes an exact, complete copy of one hard disk drive (HDD) onto another d…
With the advent of Windows 10, Microsoft is pushing a Get Windows 10 icon into the notification area (system tray) of qualifying computers. There are many reasons for wanting to remove this icon. This two-part Experts Exchange video Micro Tutorial s…

810 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question