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9y, 8m agoPosted 9 years, 8 months ago
Can I get a windows xp install cd for my computer as I think I can get Sky broadband now. Can anybody tell me where I can get it at a reasonable price
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9y, 8m agoPosted 9 years, 8 months ago
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#1
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#2
j25a63w
Can I get a windows xp install cd for my computer as I think I can get Sky broadband now. Can anybody tell me where I can get it at a reasonable price

Welcome to HUKD :thumbsup:
What's Sky Broadband got to do with Windows XP? Are you running another operating system?
#3
Is this the kind of thing you want?:_
http://www.techstore.co.uk/browse.php?a=p&prodLineID=37075
£60. I've not used this company before and if this is what you want as opposed to Vista I'll have a look for a cheaper one.
#4
Yes I have windows 95 & Sky say that I have to have xp with service pack 2.Anyway vista is too expensive.Thanks for the help guys
#5
j25a63w
Yes I have windows 95 & Sky say that I have to have xp with service pack 2.Anyway vista is too expensive.Thanks for the help guys

I see.
What is your budget? Could your computer run Vista? I guess not if you are running Windows 95.
#6
I dont know but my computer is about 3 years old & want just the basic broadband & hence dont want to spend too much. Any advice you give me I will follow to the letter. Thanks
#7
I'm sorry, but I'm not that knowledgeable with Computers, but quite a few other posters are.
I'll try and find someone more qualified to help.
#8
going from windows 95 to windows xp is rather a huge leap and I doubt that the hardware would support windows xp.

perhaps if you post your hardware specifications on here I can give you an indication of whether windows xp will work.

If not, I reckon your best bet is to buy yourself a cheap xp computer (maybe somewhere like ebuyer where I think you can get one for around £200 - £300).

I think that it's very very very unlikely that a computer that came with windows 95 (which would make it about 10 years old by the way, not 3 years) has hardware that is compatible with windows XP, let alone sufficient to run windows xp.
#9
It is better to do a clean install than an update as it can get confusing with files being renamed etc.

You cannot upated W95 to XP anyway as explained here

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/p...ng/matrix.mspx
#10
Well, it was a assembled computer with intel P4 ,asusmotherboard and 64MB ram and samsung 40 gb harddisk & win 95 was probably installed by my mate as it was cheap that time. Thank you for your help
#11
64megs of RAM, that'll be fun then :) You'll have to get that upgraded for sure. Or is it a 64meg graphic card?
#12
j25a63w
Well, it was a assembled computer with intel P4 ,asusmotherboard and 64MB ram and samsung 40 gb harddisk & win 95 was probably installed by my mate as it was cheap that time. Thank you for your help


I would consider buying a second hand computer with XP already installed rather than actually buying XP. Your computer really needs more Ram and depending on the type that could be expensive. otherwise hold back and save the pennies until you can afford a £300-£400 desktop.

I had a Dell 1.8Ghz P4(cost £1500 in 2000) and tried upgrading it as much as possible, spent £3-400 on RAM and GPU and OS and it still ran like a dog. Bought a new Dell for £350 last year that totally smoked it. You can only upgrade old PCs a certain amount before the economics suggest binning it and buying a new machine.

Of course if you are completely skint there are ways of getting XP at a "special price", cough torrent cough.
#13
Have a heart guys,I am on overdraft all the time, will have to do with this for another 2 years till I save up for new one. Will buy 128x2 Ram though .No graphics card for the computer.
#14
j25a63w
Have a heart guys,
That is precisely what we're doing - if you just bought windows XP then you would have wasted between £50 and £100. 256MB is the official bare minimum for windows XP, but you will find that 512mb is really the minimum. Windows 95 would have run very well on the specs of your system, windows XP however has much higher requirements.

My advice, therefore, is to get windows XP home edition (OEM) and 512mb RAM (either ebay or crucial will be the cheapest) but ENSURE that you get the correct RAM.

You need to know the following about your RAM before upgrading (please forgive me if you know this already, I don't mean to patronise)

1) DDR / SDRAM
2) Speed (this will be in MHz)
3) How many free memory slots your motherboard has

Also DON'T get a pirated / torrent operating system. Why? Microsoft have implemented a system where only genuine software owners get updates. You would be at huge risk of hacking / adware / spyware / identity theft if you don't get these security updates.

So... I reckon this will cost you at least £100 (for the RAM and for windows XP).

Also if you need a graphics card then let me know and I'll advise you how to get one fairly cheap (assuming you want a low-level GFX card which matches the rest of your system).
#15
Thanks mark.
DDR dimm RAM, Not very sure about cpu fsb, think it is 800MHz, 4 memory slots. Will confirm later. Is is safe to buy xp on ebay? what is crucial, a website? You have been a great help. Thanks again
#16
Find out what speed RAM you currently have in the machine (it often has a sticker on it) and buy more of that speed. At least that way you'll know that it will work. (Note that it's not the same speed as the CPU).

Don't buy XP on ebay - there are lots of people selling used OEM copies / pirated copies. I'll see if I can find somewhere which has a good deal and get back to you on that one.

Yes crucial is a company that sells RAM. I haven't bought from them before, but have heard glowing reviews of them, and they seem to have very good prices. I have used ebay for RAM before too,but you need to ensure that you're buying the correct stuff because you're unlikely to be refunded if you make a mistake.
#17
ok here's xp home for £61.10 (it's where I bought XP pro from)

http://www.softwareselect.co.uk/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=300040

that's probably not the cheapest that you'll find it, but it's not far off.
#18
slightly cheaper at ebuyer.com, and also has a vista upgrade coupon - nice to have in case of future updates (although I'd definitely not install that right now a) vista will have lots of bugs in it and b) the computer is unlikely to be powerful enough).

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/119646
#19
Windows Genuine Advantage is the Microsoft software that stops pirated copies of XP from getting security updates.

Google "Windows Genuine Advantage Patch", you will see that it can be circumnavigated.
#20
spudgun
Windows Genuine Advantage is the Microsoft software that stops pirated copies of XP from getting security updates.

Google "Windows Genuine Advantage Patch", you will see that it can be circumnavigated.
I really wouldn't advise this.
#21
Might be worth it to check that XP works though, saves wasting £60

Probably worth noting that you can get Vista Home Basic slightly cheaper than XP Home and that Vista Home Premium/XP Pro/XP Media Center Edition all only cost £10 more than XP Home
#22
yes but vista has higher minimum requirements, as I said above
#23
[SIZE=2]I would never normally pirate an OS but if I was skint and wasn't sure if XP will run on my system, then trying it out for a few days doesn't seem unreasonable. I agree with Markwills though to buy OEM XP if you can afford it.[/SIZE]
#24
Don't think we've ever paid for an OS since Win95:oops:
#25
If you check in uk.adverts.computer newsgroup there are guys selling XP stickers, which will activate OK (may need to ring M$), for about £18.
#26
Hi Im in the same boat, i am after cheapest possible deal to get XP Home oes for my computer. I will be doing a re-format soon so want to replace Windows 2000 with a fully licenced XP. Also I am after Anti-Virus software, once again, the cheaper the better! Thanks! :)
#27
markwills
That is precisely what we're doing - if you just bought windows XP then you would have wasted between £50 and £100. 256MB is the official bare minimum for windows XP, but you will find that 512mb is really the minimum. Windows 95 would have run very well on the specs of your system, windows XP however has much higher requirements.

My advice, therefore, is to get windows XP home edition (OEM) and 512mb RAM (either ebay or crucial will be the cheapest) but ENSURE that you get the correct RAM.

You need to know the following about your RAM before upgrading (please forgive me if you know this already, I don't mean to patronise)

1) DDR / SDRAM
2) Speed (this will be in MHz)
3) How many free memory slots your motherboard has

Also DON'T get a pirated / torrent operating system. Why? Microsoft have implemented a system where only genuine software owners get updates. You would be at huge risk of hacking / adware / spyware / identity theft if you don't get these security updates.

So... I reckon this will cost you at least £100 (for the RAM and for windows XP).

Also if you need a graphics card then let me know and I'll advise you how to get one fairly cheap (assuming you want a low-level GFX card which matches the rest of your system).



Agreed ..good advice.
#28
markwills
yes but vista has higher minimum requirements, as I said above


Yes, it does

Vista:

* 800 MHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
* 512 MB RAM
* SVGA (800x600)
* 20 GB (15gb Free Space)
* CD-ROM drive

XP:

* 233Mhz processor
* 64 MB RAM
* SVGA (800x600)
* 1.5 GB HDD
* CD-ROM drive

But if he was away to put 512MB RAM in anyway then Vista might be worth looking at because it holds a few advantages over XP. Where XP is concerned the extra £10 justifies buying MCE
#29
No one would conceivably ever run winXP on a machine with 64mb RAM. That is ludicrous and the minimum spec reflects the fact that windows xp will (eventually) load with 64mb and not do much else. I would imagine a similar situation with vista running under 512mb and really at least 1 gig RAM is required for vista.

It is widely accepted that 512mb is the minimum to run winXP + office + internet smoothly.

Yes, I agree in principle that windows XP MCE may be worth the extra £10 although I personally wouldn't go near MCE and would stick with home and professional editions.

At the moment vista doesn't really hold any advantages over winXP, and may in fact be worse as there are hardware compatibility issues and software bugs that have yet to be resolved.
#30
andywarr
Hi Im in the same boat, i am after cheapest possible deal to get XP Home oes for my computer. I will be doing a re-format soon so want to replace Windows 2000 with a fully licenced XP. Also I am after Anti-Virus software, once again, the cheaper the better! Thanks! :)
AVG is free and although I've never tried it, I do hear good reports.
#31
you could buy a refurbished medion PC with Windows XP installed for £150..it's the route I'd take rather than wasting money on an old PC.
https://www.medionshop.co.uk/

look at this link and find the refurbs in the medion shop section.

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