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    Cheap copy of XP?

    Hey,

    Anyone got any ideas where to get my hands on a cheap (preferably legal, aka not ebay :P) copy of XP?

    Seems most places totally stopped it, and as it's for more personal play testing of code/scripts etc, can't really use MS license style ones :P

    Not really fussy on which edition, if anything bog standard school style would be best

    Thanks,

    Steve

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    Plenty of legal ones on eBay....

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    Hi

    Have you got a key to use or looking for one too?

    Sukh

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    Plenty of legal ones on eBay....
    Generally found most on ebay are MSDN knockoffs

    Any ebay shops you use often for XP?

    Steve
    Last edited by Steve21; 13th April 2011 at 09:50 PM.

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    @steve - Do you want to purchase one or looking for a free one?

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    You can get some cheap ones on Amazon: Amazon.co.uk: windows xp
    However I notice the price from some vendors is getting quite shocking!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sukh View Post
    @steve - Do you want to purchase one or looking for a free one?
    Happy to pay, assuming it's not silly amounts (although free wouldn't be turned down either lol)
    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    You can get some cheap ones on Amazon: Amazon.co.uk: windows xp
    However I notice the price from some vendors is getting quite shocking!!
    Aye, Not really looking to pay more than a brand new W7 disc can be 80+ for XP is pretty bad I assumed.

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    Supply and demand I suppose. There is still a large demand for XP out there. I saw you could get a Vista Home Premium (With SP1) disc on Amazon for 45 the other day. Now that is a cheap XP upgrade seeing as Vista isn't too bad now they've given it a service pack and patched it to hell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    Supply and demand I suppose. There is still a large demand for XP out there. I saw you could get a Vista Home Premium (With SP1) disc on Amazon for 45 the other day. Now that is a cheap XP upgrade seeing as Vista isn't too bad now they've given it a service pack and patched it to hell.
    True, Guess with MS stopping their downgrade disks a lot of schools snapping them up.

    I got Vista, and W7 machines to hand, Just was hoping to grab an XP disc. Gives me a full set of computers to test programs on while coding. Especially seeing they like changing everything so much between versions

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve21 View Post
    I got Vista, and W7 machines to hand
    Do you have Windows 7 Pro, Enterprise or Ultimate? If so, you could use Windows XP Mode for free which is a fully functioning and legal copy of XP Pro SP3.

    The XP Mode VM can also be imported into VMware Workstation/Player or VirtualBox if you prefer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Do you have Windows 7 Pro, Enterprise or Ultimate? If so, you could use Windows XP Mode for free which is a fully functioning and legal copy of XP Pro SP3.

    The XP Mode VM can also be imported into VMware Workstation/Player or VirtualBox if you prefer.
    That looks cool option, only thing I do wonder is how would that work with things like bootmenus/startup scripts etc, they'll still run under W7? or does that XP have its own bootmenu/start up etc in the virtual box?

    Thanks Steve

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    XP in virtual mode boots up like it normal would do, so you can fiddle around with scripts, bootmenu`s or what ever you want.
    Afterwards you can choose to save the changes or to remove them.

    I always keep a clean virtual image as a back-up, so i can always replace an image which i did F$#$-up

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    Ah cool thanks, Will have to try that out.

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve21 View Post
    Just was hoping to grab an XP disc. Gives me a full set of computers to test programs on while coding.
    You can get a whole Windows XP computer for under 100 on eBay, if you just want something cheap for testing on. I've not seen any full, boxed copies of Windows XP available for less than their original RRP - there's places on Tottenham Court Rode still selling Windows XP for 90.

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    If your school has Volume Licensing then you could add a technet plus subscription for 50. The copies of any os you use are legal as long as it's not used a production environment. I use loads for testing in VMs etc. That way you get access to loads of cool software thats legal to use at home.
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