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Free Windows XP

November 20th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Free Windows XP is in fact available. the Windows XP variant of windows platform can be accessed as free downloads directly from Microsoft. Apparently the free windows XP is a stripped down variant of the real one and you need additional software to run it. Essentially the free version of Windows XP SP 3 comes in pre-configured bundle with option of IE 6, 7 or 8 and the file is in virtual hard disks designed format so will need a virtualization software.

The best suited free tool for creating virtual PC in this sense also comes from Microsoft and is of course the free Virtual PC 2007. You don’t have to look any further to find what you want, there may be a number of tools on the market as there are broadband packages from o2, but here we are telling you the best one to use. All you will have to do is download the files, expand the virtual hard disks and then point Virtual PC 2007 to the virtual machine images.

Free Windows XP Service Pack 3 + IE

Microsoft is offering three VPC Hard Disk images of Free Windows XP that was designed for testing websites on Internet Explorer on Windows XP SP3. The VPC images contain a standard copy of Windows XP Service Pack 3 pre-configured in accordance with Internet Explorer 6, 7 or IE 8 Beta 2. All copies of Free Windows XP SP 3 have been pre-activated so users will be able to access the latest updates from Microsoft. However, neither version will pass the Windows Genuine Advantage validation mechanism. This is why, in order to access downloads that require WGA validation users will have to use a genuine copy of Windows to download the products and then transfer them inside the virtual machine.

After extraction you will already have the virtual hard disks so you just have to create the virtual machines for them. For Windows XP a VM with 512 MB RAM is more than sufficient to get the job done. You will find that the operating system is optimized for running with hardware emulating technology but that you can also handle it as a normal installation of Windows. Still, testing purposes do come first and in this sense Microsoft has placed the IE7 Readiness Toolkit and the IE Developer Toolbar right on your desktop. You can also installing some application like Adobe Acrobat reader on this platform. Now IE6 and IE7 run side by side on Windows XP and Windows Vista on the same desktop. But just because the resource is aimed at web developers does not mean that you should stay away from it.

You can download the Free Windows XP SP 3 + IE 6 from this link
The download link to Windows XP SP3 + IE8 Beta 2 image file is here
The Windows XP SP2 with IE7 can be downloaded here

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