Hello- Does anyone know where I can buy a clean, genuine Windows XP Pro 32bit Complete Retail disk set?...softwareking.com offers one for $289, but I'm a bit leery of those online software merchants. Thanks in advance for your help.
For those who want to know, the one on my machine has big issues and I don't have a clue as to where it came from.
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Do you still have your XP product key? If so, you wont need to purchase a new copy. You should be able to find a torrent for an XP Professional 32-bit CD. Download it and burn the image file (.iso) to a blank CD then use that & your XP product key to reinstall windows.
Otherwise you will have to buy a new copy. Not sure if anyone is still selling XP, maybe eBay would be cheaper.
You're right to be leery of some online software sellers. There are some VERY shady outfits out there. Counterfeits that Microsoft won't activate, stolen goods, non-delivery or delivery of garbage, OS install software that adds spyware and zombieware to the OS, etc...it can be a big risk.
That aside, IMO unless you have absolutely NO other choice, that is WAY too much $$. Of course the price is going to be whatever the market will bear.
Well, my OS is all messed up- programs don't hold on the thing, shell32.dll messed up, icons disappearing from notification area. The machine had XP Home on it originally- a friend gave me the machine. This idiot 'tech' accidentely blew it away and installed the Pro from a flash stick. I have a disc, that was written from the file the 'tech' downloaded and it has the 25 character key- I just don't trust it!...This OS has been glitchin' since day one. Torrents???...not for an OS!...I got my Office 2007 Enterprise from there and have had a lot of problems with it, also. One thing, if you don't know the source of your OS, you better turn Updates off or M$ will put a bug in your system. I think that is what happened to me. This "softwareking.com" assures me there OS's are genuine, sealed, SP2 Complete Retail Edition- money back guarantee. I look at it like this- they misrepresent, I protest the charge on my account and get my money back- from either the bank or PayPal
That's why I inquired here- hoping to find a source for a genuine issue of the OS mentioned. The story is long and sordid about how the XP Pro wound up on my machine. I used 'keyfinder' and 'magic jellybean' on the installed OS and they verified the 25 character key that was supplied. The thing that seemed strange to me was the OS that was installed and then burned to disk doesn't have the licensing agreement page on it, nor the option to run 'R' for repair or recovery. I really don't mind paying $289 for a Genuine Windows XP Professional SP3 Complete Retail CD, IF it's the real deal.
Since my last post, I have downloaded an .iso variant from a bit torrent source and it is SP2, with the option to add the SP3. I have burned it to disk and just haven't had the chance to swap HDD's and run it. Nor do I have any imaging software, such as Acronis, to retrieve my programs. This is new to me and I have only installed an OS once in my life and that being on my new machine which I built using Windows 7 Ultimate Full 64 bit.
I would like to extend my gratitude for everyone's input on my problem- Thank you!