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Microsoft Windows XP Home with Service Pack 2 OEM (This OEM software is intended for system builders only)

Platform : Windows XP
3.9 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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  • Please note: the Express Upgrade to Windows Vista promotion once associated with this product has now expired
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Important Information About This Product
OEM software is intended for system builders and small OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) who manufacture computer systems and pre-install OEM system builder software onto those systems. It is not intended for purchase or installation by consumers. Please note that end-user technical support will be provided by the system builder and not by the manufacturer or the reseller (Amazon.co.uk). Click here for licence details and system builder obligations by manufacturer.

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  • Please note: This product is intended for system builders and small OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) who manufacture computer systems and preinstall Microsoft OEM system builder software onto those systems. Its use is subject to the OEM System Builder License Agreement that is affixed to the side of all OEM system builder software packs. The system builder who installs the individual software license and distributes hardware units must provide end-user support on terms at least as favourable as the terms under which the system builder provides end-user support for any fully assembled computer system. The system builder must place its support phone number in a noticeable location in the fully assembled computer system help files or end-user documentation. The full documentation on Microsoft OEM System Builder licence is at http://oem.microsoft.com/downloads/Public/sblicense/English_SB_License.pdf.

  • This software is not intended for purchase or installation by consumers. Click here for licence details and system builder obligations by manufacturer.


System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1


Product details

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  • ASIN: B000JTFVME
  • Release Date: 12 Jun. 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 744 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Product Description

This product is intended for system builders and small OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) who manufacture computer systems and preinstall Microsoft OEM system builder software onto those systems. Its use is subject to the OEM System Builder License Agreement that is affixed to the side of all OEM system builder software packs. The system builder who installs the individual software license and distributes hardware units must provide end-user support on terms at least as favourable as the terms under which the system builder provides end-user support for any fully assembled computer system. The system builder must place its support phone number in a noticeable location in the fully assembled computer system help files or end-user documentation. The full documentation on Microsoft OEM System Builder licence is at http://oem.microsoft.com/downloads/Public/sblicense/English_SB_License.pdf.

Manufacturer's Description

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition is the next version of the Windows operating system, which is designed exclusively for home computing. Windows XP Home Edition puts the exciting experiences of the digital age at your fingertips. From digital photos, music, and video to building a home network, Windows XP Home Edition brings you into the digital age with ease. Built on the solid foundation of Windows 2000, Windows XP Home Edition also sets the new standard in efficient and dependable computing. A new visual design, reliable Windows engine, and new Internet security features combine with capabilities for sharing your computer to give you the most dependable Windows operating system yet. Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) provides an enhanced security infrastructure that defends against viruses, worms, and hackers, along with increased manageability and control for IT professionals and an improved experience for users.

Please note that the Express Upgrade to Windows Vista promotion once associated with this product has now expired.

Express Upgrade Program FAQ:

Q. What is the eligibility period for this offer?
A. Express Upgrade to Windows Vista is available to end users from October 26, 2006 through March 15, 2007.

Q. What is the final date for end user customers to redeem the upgrade offer?
A. The offer must be redeemed by March 31, 2007.

Q. What is the Express Upgrade to Windows Vista?
A. By purchasing a qualifying PC running genuine Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition, Windows XP Media Center Edition, or Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, end users can upgrade to a comparable version of Windows Vista and pay only a nominal cost, including shipping and handling. Customers purchasing genuine Windows XP Home Edition can upgrade for an additional fee.

Q. What are the system requirements for Windows Vista?
A. System requirements for Windows Vista include at least the following:
1. A modern processor (at least 800MHz1).
2. 512 MB of system memory.
3. A graphics processor that is DirectX 9 capable.

Not all Windows Vista features will be available for use on all PCs meeting minimum Windows Vista system requirements. All PCs meeting minimum system requirements upgraded to Windows Vista will be able to run the core experiences of Windows Vista, such as innovations in organizing and finding information, security, and reliability. Some features available in premium editions of Windows Vista—like the new Windows Aero user interface—require advanced or additional hardware.

How can system builders execute this offer?
1. Build PCs that meet at least the minimum system requirements for Windows Vista. PCs that run Windows XP and meet the Windows Vista system requirements are eligible. These include at least the following:

    1. A modern processor (at least 800MHz1).
    2. 512 MB of system memory.
    3. A graphics processor that is DirectX 9 capable.

2. Run the Upgrade Advisor tool. This will allow system builders to print out a certificate showing that the PC being sold to the end user is capable of running the version of Windows Vista they will receive upon upgrading.

3. Order the Windows XP Express Upgrade SKUs from the distributor and install them on the qualified machines. These include redemption forms to provide to end users allowing them to upgrade to the appropriate edition of Windows Vista.

4. Provide redemption forms with qualified machines allowing them to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows Vista. System builders must agree to only ship the redemption form(s) with machines that meet Windows Vista minimum system requirements, and support the machines after the end user upgrades to Windows Vista, including providing updated drivers, etc.

Q. Which versions of Windows Vista will customers receive?
A. The upgrade version depends on the edition of Windows XP originally purchased. Customers receive the best value when they purchase Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional, or Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, allowing them to upgrade to the corresponding version of Windows Vista while paying only shipping and handling costs.

Best Ways to Express Upgrade to Windows Vista

User Buys User Upgrades To User Pays (Estimated Retail Price)
Genuine Windows XP Professional Edition + PC meeting Windows Vista system
requirements (meeting Premium Ready requirements strongly recommended).
Windows Vista Business
Edition*
Nominal Cost, including Shipping
& Handling.
Genuine Windows XP Media Center Edition + PC meeting Windows Vista system
requirements (meeting Premium Ready requirements strongly recommended).
Windows Vista Home
Premium Edition*
Nominal Cost, including Shipping
& Handling.
Genuine Windows XP Tablet PC Edition + PC meeting Windows Vista system
requirements (meeting Premium Ready requirements strongly recommended).
Windows Vista Business
Edition*
Nominal Cost, including Shipping
& Handling.
Genuine Windows XP Professional x64 Edition + PC meeting Windows Vista system
requirements.
Windows Vista Business x64
Edition*
Nominal Cost, including Shipping
& Handling.

* This upgrade may require a reinstallation for the end user that will not automatically carry over user settings, data, or applications. We strongly recommend that you clearly disclose this fact in any applicable offer details.

Alternative Ways to Express Upgrade to Windows Vista

User Buys User Upgrades To User Pays (Estimated Retail Price)
Genuine Windows XP Home Edition + PC meeting Windows Vista
system requirements.
Windows Vista Home Basic
Edition*
£26 ($49) + Nominal Cost, including
Shipping & Handling.
Genuine Windows XP Home Edition + PC meeting Windows Vista system
requirements (meeting Premium Ready requirements strongly recommended).
Windows Vista Home
Premium Edition†*
£42 ($79) + Nominal Cost, including
Shipping & Handling.

†Recommended upgrade path for languages where Windows XP Media Center Edition is not localized, including Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Greek, and Hebrew.
*This upgrade may require a reinstallation for the end user that will not automatically carry over user settings, data, or applications. We strongly recommend that you clearly disclose this fact in any applicable offer details.

Q. How will the Windows Vista Express Upgrade offer be delivered?
A. The upgrades will be delivered through the Windows Vista Express Upgrade SKUs, which contain redemption forms directing the end user to a Microsoft Authorized Fulfillment Center (AFC). You will ship the redemption forms with qualified systems on which you have installed the Windows Vista Express Upgrade SKUs. End users will be responsible for paying a nominal cost, including shipping and handling. You must agree to ship the redemption forms only with qualified PCs and support the PCs after they are upgraded.

Q. What if I decide to offer an upgrade to a premium edition of Windows Vista for a PC that does not meet the system requirements for premium versions of Windows Vista?
A. To help ensure customers have the correct expectations regarding their PCs’ ability to run the Windows Vista edition your offer applies to, you are responsible for ensuring that all systems sold with the Express Upgrade to Windows Vista will support the applicable upgrade, as follows:

  • Genuine Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 to Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Genuine Windows XP Professional to Windows Vista Home Premium or Windows Vista Business
  • Genuine Windows XP Professional x64 Edition to Windows Vista Business
  • Genuine Windows XP Tablet PC Edition to Windows Vista Business
  • Genuine Windows XP Home Edition to Windows Vista Home Basic

While all qualifying PCs must meet the minimum system requirements set out in the link below, for any qualifying PC for which you offer an Express Upgrade to a premium edition of Windows Vista—in other words, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Business Edition, or Windows Vista Ultimate—Microsoft strongly recommends that the PC meet the system requirements for a Premium Ready PC.

Not all Windows Vista features will be available for use on all PCs meeting minimum Windows Vista system requirements. All PCs meeting minimum system requirements upgraded to Windows Vista will be able to run the core experiences of Windows Vista, such as innovations in organizing and finding information, security, and reliability. Some features available in premium editions of Windows Vista—like the new Windows Aero user interface—require advanced or additional hardware.

If you offer an upgrade to a premium edition of Windows Vista for a PC that meets minimum system requirements but does not meet the system requirements for the version of Windows Vista you are including with the machine, which is not recommended, you must make clear and conspicuous disclosures in your marketing materials that the PC will not run all the features of the applicable premium edition of Windows Vista. If appropriate, you may also provide a URL where the customer can obtain additional information.

Q. Can I ship Express Upgrade to Windows Vista redemption forms with any PC?
A. By opening the box containing the redemption form, you agree to only install the software on a system that meets the Windows Vista system requirements, and also agree to support the system after the upgrade.

Q. Can the upgrade be installed on a PC other than the one on which the Express Upgrade version of Windows XP was installed? For example, may the user have Windows XP preinstalled on a machine using the Express Upgrade SKU and install the upgrade to Windows Vista on a second PC that does not have Windows yet?
A. No. The license is for upgrading the same PC. It is not an additional license.

Q. How will customers know which PCs are eligible for the Express Upgrade offer?
A. System builders like you will advertise the promotion and will advise customers as to which PCs are eligable

Q. What languages will the Express Upgrade to Windows Vista be available in?
A. The Express Upgrade to Windows Vista will be available in the following languages:
Arabic*, Brazilian Portuguese*, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek*, Hebrew*, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified/ Traditional Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish*
* For the languages in which Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 is not localized, the offer of an upgrade from a localized Windows XP Home Edition to Windows Vista Home Premium will be available for a specified fee.

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I bought this copy of Windows XP from Amazon to install on an new intel-based Mac running Leopard. Purchasing an OEM copy was the cheapest way I could find to set up a genuine copy of Windows. I was a bit concerned about whether the process would work for an individual user, but I was reassured by the previous reviews.

Installation was easy. The product key worked fine. I installed it using on the Mac using boot camp partition and use VM fusion to open it. Following installation Windows wanted activation and I left this for a few days while I sorted some other issues out.

When I came to activate Windows I tried to do it by the internet, but I got a message saying that my product key had expired with no hint how to proceed. So I phoned up Microsoft support and they said I had to register as an OEM partner. Looked into this option briefly and decided that it was for computer manufacturers.

After an internet search I found an article which said that Microsoft had suspended internet activation because of fraud. There is freephone number to ring in the activation window. The activation process gives you nine 6-digit numbers to key in. Once you have done this you get seven 6-digit numbers to enter to complete the activation process.

So this OEM version works, but be aware that you need to activate by phone.
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Buy it while you still can, or pay for major hardware upgrades in order to run Windows Vista (arguably the least successful Windows since the woeful Millennium Edition).

XP is generally very stable and will run OK with 128MB of RAM in an older computer, but it likes as much memory as possible. Microsoft have made it quite hard to avoid paying for their software these days, with the interestingly-named "Windows Genuine Advantage" nagware, so if you want full access to updates, £50 to go legit doesn't seem too bad.
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I bought the OEM disc to use on my Intel Mac also. The disc worked perfectly with no problems. I simply registered the product online with none of the problems the previous poster mentioned. If you simply want to install on Bootcamp, this product is highly recommended. You can also install it a second time on Parallels as it is the same computer.
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This is an OEM version, which I bough to use with Parallels on my iMac. I had a disc crash and had to reinstall all software again. When it came to validating XP I was told that this is a single install OEM version and I should contact my PC manufacturer! There was nobody in Microsoft I could talk to and in the end had to buy another 'so called' Genuine Advantage kit for nearly £70!
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I am still using this on an elderly Mac Mini (OS X 10.6) with Boot Camp; another copy is running on a new MacBook Pro via Parallels 8 on OS X 10.9. Why would you want any other legacy version of Windows? It's stable; as long as you run an anti-virus program and a firewall, it should be secure for a while longer. Many of the specialist applications we're using won't work reliably on Vista and above. As for the horrible interface of Windows 8.1......
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So, it's here at last. Microsoft's much-hyped new version of Windows is available to new and existing PC owners and claims all kinds of improvements over its antecedents. Windows XP isn't the latest in the Windows 95/98/ME line. Nor is it a continuation of Windows NT and 2000. Although it's based on NT technology, as 2000 was, it's an amalgam of both types of Windows and has one common code base. It may be available in Home and Professional (business) versions, but it is basically one product. XP Pro is a super-set of XP Home. We've reviewed the latter here.

This has been Microsoft's strategy for several years and is intended to make it easier to maintain and to keep new releases of home and business products in line for the future. Making use of NT code, designed for the more rigorous business and networked environment, should benefit everybody, as the new version is claimed to be more robust than any previous incarnation.

Windows XP looks different from previous versions, with a much cleaner appearance to the desktop. Apart from the Start button, there's little extra to confuse the newcomer. Click on Start, though, and the two-column menu that pops up is re-ordered and points the way to other changes in the operating system.

The colour scheme suggests a bigger, brighter approach to PCs and this idea is strengthened by the bold icons and the way it's harder to get at the nuts and bolts. You're encouraged to stay on the yellow brick road of applications and their documents, rather than delving into backwoods on your own.

The operating system, which supports both FAT32 and NTFS filing systems, offers a lot of fun extras, too.
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What could I add? Usual great shipping from amazon. I like XP. Rarely crashes. Not a lot of eyewash.
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