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It's tempting to pirate an older version of Windows to replace an illegal copy of a current version. Unfortunately, it's likely just as illegal.
My copy of Windows XP is not genuine according to the messages I keep getting when I log on. I think it affects setting up Outlook because it asks for info I don't have, such as account name, server names etc.. Is it possible to get a free download of a Windows version like 98 or older while there is a windows xp (not genuine) on my laptop?
There are a few points of confusion here: for example the fact that you can't setup Outlook actually has nothing to do with Windows being genuine or not. The fact that you don't have account and server names is kind of an issue if you're trying to set up an email program like Outlook.
And you can probably guess what I'll say about getting any version of Windows for free.
Just because a newer version of Windows comes along, the older versions aren't suddenly free. Even if you can't purchase those old versions somewhere, that still doesn't make it legal or moral to pirate copies for free.
So, no, there is no way to legally download a copy of Windows for free, be it Windows XP, Vista or older versions like Windows 98.
If you want something for free, you'll need to investigate open-source alternatives to Windows like Linux.
You can, of course, also legalize your existing copy of Windows by purchasing a copy.
Now, about your Outlook woes.
When you set up Outlook to use as your email program, you'll need to tell it what mail server to get your email from, and which email server to use to send your email. These are most typically known as the POP3 server for recieving, and the SMTP server for sending. This is information that you would get from whatever service you're using for your email - perhaps your ISP, or whomever is listed after the "@" in your email address.
If you're trying to set up Outlook for a web based email account - say a Windows Live Hotmail or Yahoo account - you may not be able to, at least not easily. As I've discussed in several places, web-based email servers are not inherrently designed to be accessed using a desktop email program like Outlook. Hotmail users can install an "Outlook Connector", GMail users can actually access POP3 directly using Google's instructions, and Yahoo users, to the best of my knowledge, are out of luck unless they sign up for an extra cost unofficial third party service.
So if you're using a web mail service, you may not easily be able to do what you're attempting, at least not without some additional research.
And if you're using a "real" email service, perhaps provided by your ISP, then they should provide you with the server information you need.
And once again, that all has nothing to do with the genuineness of your copy of Windows.
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