Solved Win XP and Window vista home Retail Box

October 17, 2011 at 11:15:50
Specs: Win XP
Hello there,

I am curious to buy win xp Home and window vista home OS reatail box software for laptops. Is there any link to purchase these OS online??? I did check on ebay and amazon but didn't find it.

Your help would be appreciated. Thank you.

Regards,
Bsun


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#1
October 17, 2011 at 11:39:24
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As XP is now 10 years old (happy birthday XP!) and Vista is nearly 5 years old, the only retail copies you'll find will be old stock & so will be getting more scarce as days go by. I (and you) can get a free,'legal', copy of XP home by going down to a local tip and removing the COA sticker from the sides of discarded computers that people have dumped & using a generic oem disk to install it - Vista will be going the same way soon as well.

As soon as Microsoft start selling a new OS (Win7 in this case) then previous versions essentially become obsolete and retailers will only stock them for a short space of time - that's why you won't find many, if any, copies on-line.

Edit: Of course I am posting this from the throw-away society that is the western world, so I apologise if your waste tips don't have the sort of discarded systems that we have here, though the way our economies are currently going we may soon all be in the same situation, so I'm stockpiling any COAs that I find ;-)

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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#2
October 17, 2011 at 11:42:56
XP is 10 yrs old & Vista sucked. Why wouldn't you just go for Win 7?

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#3
October 17, 2011 at 12:13:36
If the computer is adequate for Windows 7 there is little reason to choose anything else. Making XP work on new hardware can be a challenge, particularly on a laptop, and the results are often unsatisfactory. It is hard to even imagine a valid reason for choosing Vista over Windows 7.

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#4
October 17, 2011 at 13:10:43
I don't know if this is a local or national offer but I found Win 7 Home Premium upgrade Family pack (3 installs) for less than $40 at Closeout bin at Office Depot.

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#5
October 17, 2011 at 13:27:53
Thanks for your msg. laptops (old) are not compatible with Win 7.
Thanks.

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#6
October 17, 2011 at 13:40:17
Thanks for your msg. My laptops are not compatible with Win 7. That's why, If I go with the OEM win XP full version, do I get any problem???? As I understand, OEM OS is designated for a particular machines / (System Developers). Is it illegal to install in the PCs if it is unopened???? If it is okay, can I install it on either desktop or laptop?
Your help is much appreciated again.

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#7
October 17, 2011 at 15:15:49
A lot of OEM CDs wont even install on a computer other than the one they were meant for.

However, if you can get your hands on an unopened copy and a COA sticker and it installs then there shouldn't be a problem. You may have to phone Microsoft to activate but be circumspect with the questions they ask and you should be fine. The only thing you can do is try it, you have nothing to lose.

I would go for XP rather than Vista - it is a lot more stable. There is no difference between a desktop installation and a laptop installation. To the software they are all the same.

Stuart


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#8
October 17, 2011 at 19:07:14
"My laptops are not compatible with Win 7"

How were we supposed to know that? You haven't listed ANY info about your laptop (or laptops). If it doesn't have at least 512MB RAM, I wouldn't even bother with XP. Have you considered Linux?


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#9
October 17, 2011 at 23:38:38
If your laptops won't run Win7 then they definitely won't run Vista either.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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