Where can I buy Windows XP?
December 7, 2010 5:13 PM   Subscribe

Is it still possible to buy Windows XP at a reasonable price?

My parents have an older desktop computer with Windows 98 (or possibly Windows Me) on it. They have some software that requires XP at least and want to upgrade. The computer probably can't handle Vista or 7. Where can I buy XP?
posted by msbrauer to Computers & Internet (4 answers total)
Ebay. Don't buy OEM software-its illegal to install it (although it probably can be installed perfectly well.)
posted by aacheson at 5:20 PM on December 7, 2010

You can buy a refurb PC with XP on it for ~$150. Personally, I'd go that route before messing with a ~12 year old system.
posted by schmod at 6:57 PM on December 7, 2010

I spend all day fighting planned obsolescence and three-year-replacement cycles and upgrade fever and shininess requests.

Let me take a moment out of my evening to suggest that your parents ought to buy schmod's $150 XP refurb PC or Walmart's $300 Windows 7 PC. Their twelve-year-cycle has reached the finish line! It's time to buy the box that will take them to 2022.
posted by FLAG (BASTARD WATER.) (Acorus Adulterinus.) at 9:01 PM on December 7, 2010

You can find a used PC with XP for the same(or lower) price that you'll be paying for XP license.
posted by WizKid at 8:58 AM on December 8, 2010

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