Disclaimer: I bought original Windows XP Professional and have rights to use it. I don’t encourage anyone to use illegal copies of Windows. If You’re like me and can’t recover installation disk – read on.
Today I found out that it’s impossible to download legit-ish (i.e. hosted by Microsoft) installation disks of Windows XP. Some time ago they were available for download from Microsoft.com, but not anymore. Unfortunately I can’t upgrade to Windows 7 and I have to re-install Windows XP 64 bit due to hard drive failure. Needles to say I don’t have installation disk (again, I do own license for Windows XP Profesional).
After some research I came to conclusion that You can get legit disk from:
- Your friend (if he has one),
- torrents/rapidshares and like.
Unfortunately for me neither of my colleagues had original 64 bit disk. Therefore I had to revert to torrent.
Malware, spyware and all other nasty *ware
The problem with ISOs downloaded from torrents is that You’re not sure if it hasn’t been altered by hacker who wish to know Your credit card number or email account password. Fortunately You can compare MD5/SHA1 of legit installation disks with the ones You’ve downloaded from torrent. If they match You may safely use them.
MD5/SHA1 checksums of legit Windows XP installation disks
Volume Label: ARMPXFPP_EN
File: en_win_xp_pro_x64bit.iso (Original Retail with SP1)
Volume Label: ARMPXOEM_EN
File: ARMPXOEM_EN.ISO (Original OEM with SP1)
Volume Label: ARMPXVOL_EN
File: en_win_xp_pro_x64_vl.iso (Original VOL with SP1)
Volume Label: AX2PXVOL_EN
File: EnglishWindowsXPProfessional64bit.iso (Original VOL with SP1 & KB911164)
Volume Label: CRMPXVOL_EN
File: en_win_xp_pro_x64_with_sp2_vl_X13-41611.iso (VOL with SP2)
At least those I came across.