Post by mechanic Post by Bob J Jones
Where to get official copies of Microsoft Windows assuming you
have a license key on the side of your computer (which almost
Paul found this for Windows 7 (in the Windows counterfeit jail
thread). Official download for Windows 7 disc image iso files
But where is the Windows XP ISO file official download location?
But why would you want it? It's many versions out of date.
If you use that, and use the output of WsusOffline 9.2.1,
you can bring it back up to date. WsusOffline can prepare
a set of patches for it, you can blast into it, in a batch.
There are probably some WinXP patches that aren't properly
recorded in Windows Update. The SMBV1 patch or ones from
a related era. Those will take some research with your
browser to track down.
If you had a WinXP Gold disc ("SP0"), these are examples of
Service Packs. Microsoft had to re-issue SP1 after the
Java legal settlement (by removing MSJava). WsusOffline
isn't likely to have all these. If you're lucky, maybe
WsusOffline will have access to the SP3 one. There
are various opinions on "how Cumulative" these are,
with perhaps different problems showing up when
slipstreaming, versus command line usage. WsusOffline
uses only official MS URLs, and is not a file server.
WindowsXP.exe 140,440,152 bytes xpsp1_en_x86
xpsp1a_en_x86.exe 131,170,400 bytes (version with MSJava removed)
WindowsXP-KB835935-SP2-ENU.exe 278,927,592 bytes
WindowsXP-KB936929-SP3-x86-ENU.exe 331,805,736 bytes
If there was a ready source of WinXP ISO9660 downloads, for
discs released with the Service Pack already in it,
I'd have them :-) And I've never managed to snag some.
I'm talking about sources where there's some notion
of where they came from, not torrents. Even if the
discs had official checksums, that would be a start
at a trustworthiness check. (Maybe some torrented
MSDN discs would be as close as you get. Only trustworthy
if you have SHA1/SHA256 checksums.)
The OS still works, and it's the "right weight" for
an older computer. Like, a machine with a 512MB max
on memory, would be OK. A lot of Linux distros can no
longer run in 512MB. Puppy would likely work. There's
also a lot of missing video card support. Whereas the
box your video card came in, that CD probably has a
video card driver for WinXP.