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    Is there a Windows XP SP3 download?

    Hi All,

    Have a friend who's PC has a corrupted version of Windows XP SP3 installed but has no install CD but has a valid Microsoft license. She needs to repair (actually Fred Langa, calls it a non destructive upgrade) so as not to lose all of her installed software. For windows 7 I found this site, is there a similar site for Windows XP SP3 ? http://www.shaileshtripathi.in/2011/08/leaked-windows-7-sp1-integrated.html

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    Steve,

    You can find the XP SP-3 download here.
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    Perhaps this can help. or this site. Others listed as well, just Google search XP SP3
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    Hi,

    Are these full install CD's with setup.exe files(basic windows XP plus SP3) or just SP3 upgrades? My friend needs to do a full install, not a SP3 upgrade?

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    These are most likely just the SP3 upgrades. Not sure if the XP is available to download in any version. Perhaps someone else knows a legitimate source.
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    Uninfected valid XP disks are hard to come by on the 'net. Maybe eBay or Craig's.
    To get an XP-SP3 disk, it would probably have to be 'slipstreamed'. They can be found.

    The easiest, least expensive way is to beg/borrow any MS XP disk (same version - Home/Pro). Run the repair install, using your valid license number. Then run the updates. SP3 should eventually be one of them. If not, go download it from one of the previous links.

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    She may need to query the computer's manufacturer if the XP installation is of OEM type. [pay for a new disk]
    If not, anyone (friends) with a genuine copy of the same flavor will do in this instance. She could then use her own product key if needed.

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    Hi All,

    Thank you for the responses, WHY is it so easy to download a Win 7 ISO and not an XP?

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    Because Microsoft doesn't want you using XP anymore if it can help it.

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    CLiNT,

    "What we have here is a failure to communicate." I think not! You nailed it!
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    I guess my feeling is that why would anyone want XP? Just my 2 cents. The only OS that might cause me to say good-bye to Win 7 might be Win 8.
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    NO, MS doesn't want us to continue to use XP, and that's probably why XP updates are messing up PC's all over the world.

    But, like has already been said, any CD of the same XP type (Home, Pro, etc.) will work as long as you have the Legal Key to type in at the appropriate screen. On most every factory made PC, the registration key is on a green label somewhere on the outside of the case.
    As far as downloading an ISO for an XP CD, well.............Buyer beware!
    Get a legitimate CD from a local Computer shop if you can, or from a friend, who is using the same version of XP.

    Then after all the pain and bloodshed is over make a Backup Image of the C: drive, for future use, and never have to go through this again.

    FREE backup programs are readily available.

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    Download XP install disk with SP3

    Search the web and download this file:
    en_windows_xp_home_with_service_pack_3_x86_cd_x14-92413.iso
    Then burn the iso image to a cd with almost any burner software.

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    I don't recommend installing Win XP SP3. I did it, but then both my printers became unusable. I had to wind back to SP2. Make sure you have a restore point so you can wind back too, before you consider this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    Because Microsoft doesn't want you using XP any more if it can help it.
    I would say it is because XP is older technology and Windows 7 is better packaged - remember that there were ever so many subtly-different versions of XP Home and Professional: OEM (for each manufacturer), Retail, Volume Licence, to say nothing of Media Centre! Each needed a specific CD (well, at least a specific file with specific content on the CD), and using the wrong version just didn't work when you came to input the product key...

    If you have either an MSDN or a Technet Subscription, many of these versions are downloadable (containing SP3, if you want).
    Last edited by BATcher; 2011-09-23 at 05:42.
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