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Do Not Have Original Installation Disks For Xp Operating System.


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#1 auntna

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Posted 07 July 2008 - 09:33 AM

Hey, guys!
I currently have a computer that a friend had given me that has XP 2002 with service pack 2 and MS Office 2003 installed on it. My problem is that I do not have any installation disks for it in case something bad should happen (virus or otherwise). And now I have heard about MS discontinuing support for XP.

Quote: On April 8,2008 Microsoft Corp has announced it will end sales of XP Operating System (OS) on June 30,2008. the XP system began it's existence in October of 2001. Essentially this is a five month extension from the previous date of expiration.

XP will no longer be available in stores or as a preinstalled OS after that date. I'm certain as with all the older OS's you will still be able to find some available. But it will be gone and have yielded to Vista. Not a thrill to me personally. The super low cost line of PC's will still have it for two more years. The models such as the Asus Eee PC and Intel Classmate PC will have XP Home.
System builders or small companies that build PC's from scratch can still buy until Jan. 31, 2009. Product support, including security updates, for mainstream users of Windows XP continues until April 2009.

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What are my options here? I have been scouting around for an XP operating system for sale but I am not sure what keywords I should look for. Best advice please.

Thanks everyone,

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Posted 07 July 2008 - 10:34 AM

OEM versions of XP are available for sale at any number of authorized vendors, such as:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...2&CatId=672

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16832116056

Either one of these would do, IMO.

[post="http://64.233.167.104/search?q=cache:msfsHJZeQBMJ:www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/25-07022008-1557628.html+Microsoft+to+offer+XP+to+system+builders&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=5&gl=us"]Availability of Windows XP Thru Jan 2009[/post]

Updated info: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/index.cfm?newsid=12618

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Edited by hamluis, 07 July 2008 - 10:37 AM.


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Posted 18 July 2008 - 10:21 PM

Thanks for the info Louis. I checked out the udated information which I am posting here for an easy read for everyone.

April 4, 2008
Official: Microsoft to sell Windows XP Home until 2010
XP licences extended for low-cost laptops

Elizabeth Montalbano

Microsoft has confirmed that it will continue to sell Windows XP Home to OEMs beyond the planned cut-off date of June 30, 2008, to accommodate a new class of ultra-low-cost PCs (ULCPCs) such as Asus' Eee PC.

I do have another question about the OEM XP Home Edition. Does it include Microsoft Office with Word, Outlook, Access, Excel and ect.? I have this on the computer that was given to me but do not know if it is part of the OS or separate. I feel they are very useful to have. I can't seem to find a list of the applications and programs that are included with the XP Home Edition OS.

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Posted 18 July 2008 - 11:44 PM

No, sorry, Office is a seperate deal. You can purchase it or you can use a freeware substitute like OpenOffice that's supposed to do all that Micro$oft Office does. I don't have it, but I'm planning on trying it out myself.. :thumbsup:
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Posted 19 July 2008 - 08:16 AM

I wonder is there a way to copy my MS Office programs from my computer to a cd as a backup so if I would ever have to reinstall my XP using the new disks I plan to buy I can still have my MS Office? I do not have any original disks or registration numbers for what I do have. I know that Office is expensive to buy. I have the 2003 version and am quite happy with it. I have heard the the 2007 version may be not as nice.

Thanks to all who answer.

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Posted 19 July 2008 - 10:18 AM

OpenOffice is a nice FREE (opensource) replacement for MS Office.
http://www.openoffice.org/. It supports all MS Office documents like Access, Excel, Word etc. I use openoffice myself on one computer and MS Office XP on another. Office XP is little faster sometimes. Otherwise features are all same if not more.

You cannot copy installed MS Office like that onto disks. But you can make a backup of the whole harddisk .i.e. clone the hard disk using softwares like Norton Ghost. In emergency, it restores the entire hard disk to every byte. It takes alot of time though.

About OEM versions of Windows XP: OEM versions would be sold only to OEMs that is Original Equipment Manufacturers like Dell, Acer, Toshiba etc Not to individuals. So if you want XP, you'll have to buy entire new PC with XP preinstalled from such OEMs. They will supply you a CD of Windows XP OEM with the PC.

I am sure you can search eBay for Windows XP CD or just ask someone in your area who is willing to sell old Windows XP CD.

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Posted 19 July 2008 - 12:43 PM

<<About OEM versions of Windows XP: OEM versions would be sold only to OEMs that is Original Equipment Manufacturers like Dell, Acer, Toshiba etc Not to individuals.>>

Not true...system builders (people who put together systems for themselves or for resale) can also buy (legally) OEM versions of XP. I have about 10 OEM licenses in my name for different systems I either put together or purchased from a boxmaker, deleted what was on it, and then installed a licensed copy of XP.

In earlier days, retailers used to require that purchasers buy some piece of hardware along with the XP purchase, but it seems that is no longer the case.

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Posted 19 July 2008 - 03:04 PM

You can use this free program to recover your license numbers: http://www.gtopala.com/index.html
Then all you've gotta do is find a copy of the Office 2003 CD (maybe borrow it from someone).
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Posted 20 July 2008 - 12:10 AM

Hey, guys!
I currently have a computer that a friend had given me that has XP 2002 with service pack 2 and MS Office 2003 installed on it. My problem is that I do not have any installation disks for it in case something bad should happen (virus or otherwise). And now I have heard about MS discontinuing support for XP.

Quote: On April 8,2008 Microsoft Corp has announced it will end sales of XP Operating System (OS) on June 30,2008. the XP system began it's existence in October of 2001. Essentially this is a five month extension from the previous date of expiration.

XP will no longer be available in stores or as a preinstalled OS after that date. I'm certain as with all the older OS's you will still be able to find some available. But it will be gone and have yielded to Vista. Not a thrill to me personally. The super low cost line of PC's will still have it for two more years. The models such as the Asus Eee PC and Intel Classmate PC will have XP Home.
System builders or small companies that build PC's from scratch can still buy until Jan. 31, 2009. Product support, including security updates, for mainstream users of Windows XP continues until April 2009.

Reuters


What are my options here? I have been scouting around for an XP operating system for sale but I am not sure what keywords I should look for. Best advice please.

Thanks everyone,

Aunt Na




Step 1: Download the Setup disk program
Download the version of Setup disks that corresponds to your version of the Windows XP CD-ROM. The version should be displayed on the CD-ROM disk, and the version will indicate if a Service Pack is included.
Windows XP original release
For information about the Setup boot disk versions that are available for download, visit the following Microsoft Web sites:
Windows XP Home Edition
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...55-BD5AFEE126D8 (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=E8FE6868-6E4F-471C-B455-BD5AFEE126D8)

Windows XP Professional
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...B7-4FED408EA73F (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=55820EDB-5039-4955-BCB7-4FED408EA73F)
Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Note Windows XP CD-ROMs that include SP1 have the text "Includes Service Pack 1" on the CD-ROM.

For information about the Setup boot disk versions that are available for download, visit the following Microsoft Web sites:
Windows XP Home Edition SP1
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...05-719F45C382A4 (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=FBE5E4FC-695F-43E5-AF05-719F45C382A4)

Windows XP Professional SP1
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...C2-631504EF5E26 (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=83F53BE9-28FA-40E8-8EC2-631504EF5E26)
Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)
For information about the Setup boot disk versions that are available for download, visit the following Microsoft Web sites:
Windows XP Home Edition SP2
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=en (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=15491F07-99F7-4A2D-983D-81C2137FF464&displaylang=en)

Windows XP Professional SP2
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=en (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=535D248D-5E10-49B5-B80C-0A0205368124&displaylang=en)
Step 2: Run the Setup disk program to create the Setup disks
When you download the Setup disks, the download contains only one large program file. When you run the downloaded file, it extracts the files. You receive the following message:
This program creates the Setup boot disks for Windows XP. To create these disks, you need to provide 6 blank, formatted, high-density disks.

Please specify the floppy drive to copy the images to:
Type the drive letter for the floppy disk drive (this is typically drive A). After you type the floppy disk drive letter, you receive the following message:
Insert one of these disks into drive drive letter:. This disk will become the Windows XP Setup Boot Disk.

Press any key when you are ready.
When you press a key, the downloaded file starts to extract and copy the files. Continue to insert the blank disks as you are prompted to do this until all six disks are created. If the process is interrupted, you must run the downloaded program file again to create all six disks.

Make sure that you label each disk appropriately with the number that is specified by the program. You must use the disks in the correct order during the Setup process.
Step 3: Start your computer by using the first Setup disk to begin a new Windows XP installation
After you create all six disks, insert the first disk in the floppy disk drive, and then restart the computer. The computer must be configured to start from the floppy disk drive. You may have to modify the BIOS settings on your computer to do this.

The Setup process starts. Insert the other floppy disks when you are prompted. You must use the Windows XP CD-ROM to finish the Setup process.

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Posted 20 July 2008 - 07:46 AM

<<About OEM versions of Windows XP: OEM versions would be sold only to OEMs that is Original Equipment Manufacturers like Dell, Acer, Toshiba etc Not to individuals.>>

Not true...system builders (people who put together systems for themselves or for resale) can also buy (legally) OEM versions of XP. I have about 10 OEM licenses in my name for different systems I either put together or purchased from a boxmaker, deleted what was on it, and then installed a licensed copy of XP.

In earlier days, retailers used to require that purchasers buy some piece of hardware along with the XP purchase, but it seems that is no longer the case.

Louis

Hamluis,

I have often thought that whenever I might buy a new machine that I would like it to be blank and install a clean os to it. I mean, without all the junk that pre-installed packages force you to have like Norton or MacAfee antivirus and Yahoo on the browser and stuff like that. That stuff is so integrated into the system that it is very difficult to get rid of completely and it will interfere with a smooth operating system. Is it possible to buy a blank machine from any manufacturer? Is it difficult to install the os to a blank machine? Just curious.

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Posted 20 July 2008 - 08:02 AM

Step 1: Download the Setup disk program
Download the version of Setup disks that corresponds to your version of the Windows XP CD-ROM. The version should be displayed on the CD-ROM disk, and the version will indicate if a Service Pack is included.


Make sure that you label each disk appropriately with the number that is specified by the program. You must use the disks in the correct order during the Setup process.
Step 3: Start your computer by using the first Setup disk to begin a new Windows XP installation
After you create all six disks, insert the first disk in the floppy disk drive, and then restart the computer. The computer must be configured to start from the floppy disk drive. You may have to modify the BIOS settings on your computer to do this.

The Setup process starts. Insert the other floppy disks when you are prompted. You must use the Windows XP CD-ROM to finish the Setup process.


Suns2remember,

Could please clarify for me? Why would I need floppy set up disks if I would have an OEM XP operating system on an installation disk? I do have a cd drive and also a floppy (diskette) drive. I know that a lot of newer machines no longer include the floppy drives.

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Posted 20 July 2008 - 09:39 AM

It's possible to buy a system without an O/S...see the link, http://www.pricewatch.com/computer_systems_no_os/

It's also possible to just buy a boxmaker (Dell, Gateway, etc.) system and immediately just use an XP CD to delete everything...everything that's on that hard drive...and then create a partition/format it/install XP from the CD. When my friends buy these systems, this is what I encourage them to do.

Installing XP from the CD is a very easy thing to do, Clean Install Procedure with Illustrative Screen Captures - http://www.theeldergeek.com/xp_home_install_-_graphic.htm

The thing to remember is that a clean install eliminates all drivers and programs which come preinstalled. If the user wants those programs, then the user must have uninstalled copies somewhere or intend to download or purchase same (if necessary).

Drivers for the system...should be downloaded and on hand for install...before the user begins the clean install. XP will install some drivers automatically, but no one should count on that, particularly if the system is more recent than the driver files stored in XP.

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Posted 20 July 2008 - 01:43 PM

If you want a system with nothing installed, you should contact your nearby computer shop and ask them to assemble a PC for you. You can assemble a PC yourself as well, but you may damage components if you dont know what you are doing. The technician at shop will also help install XP and Office for you for free or maybe little charge. This way you can design ur pc and select hardware components of ur choice.

When you buy components seperately, you get drivers cds/disks alongwith and a hardcopy of manual too. Besides Windows XP supports so many hardware components, most of time you dont have to install any drivers. The PC I use, I dont have to install any driver at all except the USB router driver.

I dont know about ur area, but here a local OEM sells computers with free ubuntu linux installed. You can repartition hard disk, remove linux and install XP.




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