I need an old XP with no service pack

August 17, 2011 at 09:31:11
Specs: Windows XP, 1000
Anyone know know where I can obtain a copy of XP prior to SP1? I am in need of one as I inadvertently gave my disk away with my old machine. I checked ebay and newegg but all have sp1 or later
Thanks LS

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August 17, 2011 at 12:03:20
Why do you think you need a CD with no SP updates ?

If you have a legitimate XP Product Key for an OEM, retail, or Volume licensed CD, it will work with any XP CD, that is for the same version, Home or Pro, that is intended for the same type of license, whether it has no SP updates, SP1 updates, SP2 updates, or SP3 updates integrated into the CD.

E.g. Most brand name systems and most custom generic desktop systems use an OEM licensed Windows version.

XP CDs with SP2b or later SP2x updates and SP3 updates have an expanded possible number of Product Keys that can be used with them. You make not be able to use some of the possible Product Keys for a SP2b or later CD with an older CD, but you should have no problem using a Product Key for an XP CD that had no SP updates or SP1 or SP2 updates integrated into the CD with SP2b or later CDs . I have used Product Keys for one with SP2 updates with a SP2b CD, no problem. On the other hand, I've never had an XP CD that has SP3 updates integrated into the original CD. SP2b or SP2x (a later version) is only printed on the official Microsoft label, not on the Microsoft CD.

If it's a Product Key for XP Pro, most people have the 32 bit version, but some may have the 64 bit version. All other XP versions are 32 bit.

You are allowed to make one copy of your own Windows XP CD, so it's okay for you to make a copy of someone else's XP CD that has right type of license, that is for the same version, Home or Pro.
Use "disk at once" or similar in the burning software to copy it, otherwise the copy won't be bootable ( there is an *.img file that makes it bootable that is invisible to Windows even when you have it set to show hidden and system files).

E.g. a regular Microsoft OEM CD has the Microsoft holograms and "For Distribution with a new PC only." printed on it. You can use a copy of that with any OEM licensed Product Key that is for the same version, Home or Pro.

If you do make a copy of an XP CD, while you're at it you might as well make a "silpstreamed" CD that has the SP3 updates integrated into it. Instructions about how to do that are plentiful on the web.
If your mboard has SATA drive controllers, you can also integrate the SATA drive controller drivers into the contents of the "slipstreamed" CD, e.g. by using the freeware nLite program to integate both those and the SP3 updates.

All the "slipstreamed" XP CDs I've made that had SP2 or SP3 updates integrated into them by doing a procedure work fine with the original Product Key for the CD.

An XP Reinstallation CD or similar that came with a brand name system computer usually has certain files that have been modified such that you CANNOT install Windows from scratch, or run a Repair installation of Windows procedure, unless the computer you use it with is the same brand name model, or a one of a small group of models made at about the same time. The CD will refuse to do those things.

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August 17, 2011 at 12:29:39
I agree, why would you want the old XP version? Did you check the torrents?

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August 17, 2011 at 13:49:00
Why don't you buy a later version? There is no reason one would want to run anything less than SP3.

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August 17, 2011 at 19:45:07
Because I have an old program that runs fine on old XP. After 911 and sp1 introduced, the program will run in an altered state for security reasons, and will not function fully or completely proper.

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