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Windows 7: Right OS for old Laptop

15 May 2014   #21
lct01a

Microsoft Windows
 
 

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You will then also be interested in winworld, which will allow you to download old programs and such that are no longer available.

WinWorld - A museum dedicated to the preservation of abandonware, alphas, betas and other pre-release software
Aren't Winworld downloads illegal? I mean they even provide product keys. I guess Windows 95, 98, 98SE, and 2000 are all OSes that they provide and they can be considered abandonware.


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16 May 2014   #22
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

No they are not. Like you stated, they only host abandonware. Xp does not classify yet as abandoned due to the fact a lot of people are still using it. So even though Microsoft no longer supports it, it is not yet considered abandonware.
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16 May 2014   #23
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Their serials forum is not there anymore anyway.
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16 May 2014   #24
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That is because you do not need them.

You download the os iso and the key is already in there, preinstalled with opera and some of the latest up to date software for the OS to do basic tasks. Under system properties, it is registered to win world. Example, latest version of windows media player is installed, etc. Only thing 3rd party is a better browser than ie6 or lower. (Typically opera it seems) Otherwise, everything is stock. The homepage is modified to their page. But those were the only changes I could find.

As far as I am aware it is not illegal. You cannot pay microsoft for a key anymore, and there is no way it is taking away any money from microsoft at this stage.

In my case, I had keys for them so I did not need winworlds iso's. I found my original disks. AH the memories...Installing windows 98 was quite a fun experience.


Here is there about us page for anyone interested:

http://winworldpc.com/about.shtml
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16 May 2014   #25
lct01a

Microsoft Windows
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrew129260 View Post
That is because you do not need them.

You download the os iso and the key is already in there, preinstalled with opera and some of the latest up to date software for the OS to do basic tasks. Under system properties, it is registered to win world. Example, latest version of windows media player is installed, etc. Only thing 3rd party is a better browser than ie6 or lower. (Typically opera it seems) Otherwise, everything is stock. The homepage is modified to their page. But those were the only changes I could find.

As far as I am aware it is not illegal. You cannot pay microsoft for a key anymore, and there is no way it is taking away any money from microsoft at this stage.

In my case, I had keys for them so I did not need winworlds iso's. I found my original disks. AH the memories...Installing windows 98 was quite a fun experience.


Here is there about us page for anyone interested:

About Us - WinWorld
That's cool to know. I'll try downloading Windows 2000 SP1 and SP4 and putting it in a VM.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Their serials forum is not there anymore anyway.
Their administrator just said that they were going to return it once they remove all product keys related to modern OSes and programs due to a DMCA complaint. Also, their forums are littered with 9x and NT product keys anyway.
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16 May 2014   #26
lct01a

Microsoft Windows
 
 

I placed Win2k on the VM and it runs amazing! I want to place this on the Dell Latitude. If Windows XP Pro has the same downgrade rights as other Windows versions, does that mean I can downgrade to Windows 2000 by burning this ISO to a DVD and installing it using any product key online, and it would still be legal because I have a Windows XP Pro COA?

Also, I went onto amirunningxp.com and I was surprised MS didn't add any 'Your running an even older version of Windows!'


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16 May 2014   #27
lct01a

Microsoft Windows
 
 

I contacted MS and they said that I could use that ISO and a product key from somewhere and it would still be legal as long as I had that Windows XP Pro COA (which I do have) attached to the computer. So, I love Windows 2000 so far, but I can't get Chrome or my printer drivers working. Could anyone help me out with these problems? I heard that it is indeed possible to install Chrome 32 on 2000 with some program. There isn't any clear tutorial out there.
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