If you're building a new machine yourself, I would highly recommend installing Windows 7 instead of XP. XP, while it was a great, reliable/stable OS is simply outdated, and not just because of its age, but more importantly the fact that Microsoft has stopped virtually any and all support of XP. You may install it and get updates for the stuff that your install "doesn't" have, but only up to the point where they ceased support. No "new" updates are being made for XP.
Windows 7, while a little bit "larger" in overall size than XP, is very reliable, stable, and in my opinion the best OS since Windows XP (Service Pack 2) and Windows 98SE.
I'm sure you can buy a copy on amazon but if the only reason your running xp is for old applications to work I suggest using Windows 7 pro with xp–mode :-)
answered Mar 11 at 08:46
The real answer is, you cannot legally buy a copy of Windows XP any more, they are no longer sold in stores... You may be able to get a legal copy from USENET see microsoft.com
You may find one on Craigslist, but I don't know if it's legal to resale the OS, you will need to verify that...
Windows 7 is a great operating system, however you should have AT LEAST 2 GB of RAM minimum..
You will need a video card as well, at least 512 MB, otherwise you will run into issues..
An example of a nice video card, PNY Verto 210 512 MB DDR3 Video Card ($50)
That video card is near the bottom end though, and the cheapest I would recommend, the more powerful and more expensive video card you use, the better video performance & performance overall you will get.
Running Windows 7 on a Dual Core with Integrated Graphics is going to give you a poor user experience unless it's one of the newer Intel Core i3 or i5 CPUs...
You should use a Quad Core CPU with a Dedicated Graphics card to get the best experience...
A 7200 RPM SATA Hard Disc Drive is highly recommended, and because they are cheap you should buy a 1 TB instead of the smaller ones..
Hope this was helpful...
answered Feb 20 '11 at 00:59
XP may be old but there are many programs, many not games, that run only on XP. I'm talking engineering simulation software that costs several thousand per program.
answered Mar 10 at 23:05