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Windows 7: Where can I get a XP install disk for free?

14 Feb 2013   #1
shutteringfocus

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 
Where can I get a XP install disk for free?

Hard drive died on an old computer. I still use it for spread sheet stuff for financials.

I have a XP Media Edition 2005 product key sticker on the side of the case, but I have no install disk to load the new HHD.

Anybody know where I can get one for free?


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14 Feb 2013   #2
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

We cannot put direct links to Microsoft's own website to download an ISO, but if you use Google and use "xp iso download" for the search I found that an XP service pack 3 download directly from Microsoft it was to first entry.

Jerry
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14 Feb 2013   #3
gregrocker

 

What you want is "XP Media Edition 2005 with SP3 OEM download." Note that factory OEM in XP must have the OEM sku, as opposed to retail.

You may only have the choice to download it from a torrent, as I last did after quite a Google search. But make sure to read the listing fully including all others' comments on it to know for sure it has nothing added like a crack or any other customizations.

It's out there, just hard to find.
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19 Feb 2013   #4
shutteringfocus

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
We cannot put direct links to Microsoft's own website to download an ISO, but if you use Google and use "xp iso download" for the search I found that an XP service pack 3 download directly from Microsoft it was to first entry.

Jerry
Is the "service pack" the same thing as the full OS download?

What do I do, download that and burn it to a DVD?
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19 Feb 2013   #5
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

No, Service Packs are a roll-up containing many previous updates, it's not the OS.
Yes you burn the iso (an image file) to CD.
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19 Feb 2013   #6
gregrocker

 

Did you even read my post above? It's been sitting there for 5 days, perfectly explaining exactly what you need based on my having to do the very same thing just a few months ago.

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20 Feb 2013   #7
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

You can use a XP Media Edition 2005 OEM product key, to install OEM Win XP Pro.
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20 Feb 2013   #8
shutteringfocus

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Did you even read my post above? It's been sitting there for 5 days, perfectly explaining exactly what you need based on my having to do the very same thing just a few months ago.

I did read your post, and I got very confused doing a google search and reading websites about "torrents."

I have no idea what these are, and it seemed like lots of them are full of viruses, so I didn't want to go there.
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20 Feb 2013   #9
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

You can order OEM Recovery disks from your OEM manufacturer's website.
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20 Feb 2013   #10
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shutteringfocus View Post
I did read your post, and I got very confused doing a google search and reading websites about "torrents."

I have no idea what these are, and it seemed like lots of them are full of viruses, so I didn't want to go there.

That's why I told you specifically how to avoid this. If you have questions you can ask back.

I would never refer you to a torrent unless it was the absolute last resort to reinstall property which you paid for and own, and this is the only way I was able to get the disk. But check with the PC's maker Tech Support to see if they might still have them.
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