Following official advice earlier this evening that certain of the Forum rules have recently been reviewed, that XP is now considered 'abandonware', and that links to any software for it stored on file-sharing sites is now permitted, I'm going to re-state my offer of availability for anyone who wants, or still needs, any of the 3 XP Service Packs (SP1, SP2, and SP3).
Please do very strongly bear in mind that this software is now totally unsupported. You use it entirely at your own risk. Please also bear in mind that since these are not coming from Microsoft's servers, you do not need to run IE8 to download them.....and frankly, that would really not be advisable in the modern web 'climate'.
Having said that, a little bit of detail:-
These were all originally genuine Microsoft downloads of the standalone Network Administrator type, and were archived for many years on good-quality CDs. Around 6 months ago, after reading on BC, and in a few other respectable forums, that many people still appear to want them, believing that they would be available for ever (and realising that the XP 'holdout' cohorts are still fairly numerous!), I decided to upload these to my Google Drive, and make them publicly available.
If you decide to avail yourself of any of the three Service Packs, please do observe the usual precautions:-
1) Download to your desktop (and only your desktop) first.
2) Scan with a good anti-virus scanner.
3) Scan with a good anti-malware scanner.
Only when you have assured yourself, as far as is humanly possible, that the software is what it should be, should you consider it safe to use.
When they left my Puppy Linux server all those months ago, they were totally clean.....but I can't be held responsible for what may have happened to them in the meantime. So please; excercise utmost caution with them.
No 'nasties', I guarantee.
(Mods; If the advice I received earlier this evening is still not 'kosher', then please feel free to remove this post.....again.)
Edited by Mike_Walsh, 10 September 2016 - 07:39 AM.