Outside of MSDNAA, I do not think it is posible to downlad a legitimate copy of Windows XP.
There's always *cough* *mumble* <insert-name-of-dubious-website-I'm-not-about-to-name-it> *mumble* *mutterings about being careful* Having said that, wherever you finally get a working disk and/or ISO file from, watch out for malware.
Speaking as a forum user (and not necessarily forum staff), I'm wondering what options are available at the MS website for people in this situation. One thing I've heard of is people being able to get OEM disks from their computer manufacturer.
edit: Ninja'd with suggetsion to check MSDNAA
Last edited by lisati; May 20th, 2012 at 02:17 AM.
@OP: good luck with your search for a safe and legal copy. I now step aside for others who might have more useful ideas.
An OEM copy will be tied to that machine and will not work with other computers. There is a similar concept in normal CD's. Downloading just any iso will not work with your key because the keys are tied to the cd and will not work without the cd iso that it originally came from. (I know, it's really stupid. And that's why we use Ubuntu, because it's awesome and lets us use what's rightfully ours).
Last edited by PhantomTurtle; May 20th, 2012 at 02:49 AM.
Any XP .iso I should install to the point at least where you enter your key. If it doesn't like the key, it will reject it. It sounds like the OP can't even get that far.
You can easily make your own ISO using NLite and any Windows CD.
Rebelli0us, could you expand on how to make an iso via NLite? I have a win7 recovery cd from this machine (from before I nuked windows) and wish to be able to use it with virtualBox. Thanks!
that is unlikely to work since the recover disk will want the mobo on the host not the virtual board
any retail (or oem cd) iso/cd will work
a retail cd will work with a oem license key
you can have virtual box use a physical cd see attached image
and if your xp install does not ask for a key google how to change it
Last edited by pqwoerituytrueiwoq; July 11th, 2012 at 01:07 AM.
Of all the XP installs I have done (retail, OEM and volume) I haven't run into any that didn't ask for a serial.