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Windows 7: Should I purchase xp?


24 Jan 2011   #1
bww

Windows 7 Pro-64 bit
 
 
Should I purchase xp?

I have windows 7 and xp mode running on my system, however I am concerned about not having an actual xp disk and lic. Everything works great on my system but I was wondering if down the road (a couple of years) there would come a time when I needed to actually have xp outside of this system (to use with vm or virtual machine).

I am new to this virtualization and I want to run my xp apps well into the future so I would be willing to purchase xp now knowing there would not be any hangups down the road.

Does anyone know legitimate places to purchase xp with disk and lic?


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24 Jan 2011   #2

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

Most retailers have stopped selling windows xp... MS has actually stopped manufacturing win xp.
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24 Jan 2011   #3

 

Save your money, in the unlikely event that in a few years you will need a copy, you will be able to get one from ebay at the time for next to nothing.
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24 Jan 2011   #4
bww

Windows 7 Pro-64 bit
 
 

thanks for the replies.....alot on ebay are dodgy but I am sure I could sort out something that is genuine, however what if I want to install xp on a system that does NOT have Windows 7 Pro (my wife's computer)?
Iss there any virtualization software solution that will allow me to run xpmode? (without upgrading my wife's system to Pro).

I have Windows 7 Pro my wife has Windows 7 Home and I want to run xp on both systems (they are not networked together).

thanks
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24 Jan 2011   #5

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

XP mode is a pro+ item. However if you have a legitimate copy of XP you can use vmware(free version) virtualbox, or another virualization software.
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24 Jan 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Recently, I developed a limited need for a scanner. I purchased a Canon CanoScan LiDE 50 for $5. Attempting to make it work in Windows 7 x64, I discovered this forum.

I could not get it to work reliably from within Windows 7, regardless of the good Threads/posts regarding the challenge.

So, I connected it to an old Averatec craptop salvaged from a junk bin (broken LCD screen). The craptop has one of my XP licenses on it.

The seldom used scanner now works properly when needed.

The cost of the XP license was absorbed many years ago and I certainly got my money's worth from its usage. The laptop cost me nothing. For an out of pocket expense of $5, I fulfilled a pressing need.

You never know when an older piece of software will come in handy.
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24 Jan 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It's unlikely you can find anyplace selling XP licenses. They were discontinued and I don't think MS allows them to be resold at this point.

You could get yourself a Technet subscription which would provide you with a clean ISO of XP, as well as a couple of keys. Not to mention, you would get access to tons of other stuff as well. That might be your best bet, best use for your money.
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24 Jan 2011   #8
bww

Windows 7 Pro-64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
You could get yourself a Technet subscription which would provide you with a clean ISO of XP, as well as a couple of keys. Not to mention, you would get access to tons of other stuff as well. That might be your best bet, best use for your money.
I am not looking to test windows xp but use it for years so I think I would need a valid license. Thanks for the suggestion.
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25 Jan 2011   #9

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Why on earth are you planning to use xp "for years" when it has become an outdated unneeded piece of software in this day and age? Win 7 should be able to do most and close to everything xp used to do, and better. Most software meant specifically for xp (no revisions for newer OSes) is likely just as outdated as xp itself. less safe, less useful, requiring more work, and more complications (no longer supported).
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25 Jan 2011   #10

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bww View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
You could get yourself a Technet subscription which would provide you with a clean ISO of XP, as well as a couple of keys. Not to mention, you would get access to tons of other stuff as well. That might be your best bet, best use for your money.
I am not looking to test windows xp but use it for years so I think I would need a valid license. Thanks for the suggestion.
XP is too outdated, MS no longer provides any new features for it. It will be unsupported in few years.
Why do you want a 10-year old OS?
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