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Windows XP can probably be downloaded from illegal file sharing sites, but a) that's illegal and b) there's no product key. There's one alternative.
I have Windows 98 and want to upgrade to Windows XP, I have daemon tools and ultra iso but am trying to find a version of XP to download and mount. Please help if you can. My mom's computer and my sanity depends on it.
You can download Windows XP from somewhere, I'm fairly certain; you just can't do it legally.
And even if you did illegally download an image, you wouldn't have the thing you really need.
There's really only one solution.
Microsoft has not made Windows XP available for download, and in any case it certainly isn't free. You must purchase a copy, which typically means getting it at your local or on-line retailer.
Yes, I'm certain that there are various places where you can illegally download a copy of Windows XP and probably many other software packages. But the key word there is "illegally". You would be stealing software almost exactly as if you walked into the retail store and walked out with a boxed product hidden under your coat.
That's what software piracy is all about.
Now there is at least one additional complication if you were to illegally download an image of a Windows XP installation CD. That image does not include the product activation code or "product key". The product key is printed on the box. The box that you didn't purchase. Even with an image, without a product key you won't be able to install Windows XP.
Once again, I'm sure there are places where you can get a product key illegally. However each product key is supposed to be unique. If the key you get has been used by anyone else then it's possible, perhaps even likely, that it still won't work when you activate Windows. One of the whole points behind activation is to track which product keys have been used too many times or are known to be illegal and deny them.
Seriously, the right thing to do, the legal thing to do, and the most problem-free thing to do is to go out and purchase a copy of Windows XP.
And if that's something you can't afford, then perhaps looking into some of the free alternatives such as Linux might be a more appropriate - and legal - solution for you.
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