Windows XP

Windows XP End of Support

Windows XP reached End of Support in April 2014. I do not recommend Reinstallation of this Legacy Operating System unless its required for specialist applications. I certainly do not recommend using it on the internet.

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Windows XP Reinstallation Media

There may be some other cases where you need to get Windows XP running on an old Dell system. Most systems are shipped with a Windows XP Reinstallation CD/DVD. These CDs can usually be found on eBay


Click on the image above for more details.

With these .iso you may use Rufus to check the .isos and to create a Bootable USB:

Some really old Windows XP OEM systems will not be able to Boot from a USB and may require the creation of a CD or a DVD. I recommend using Rufus to check the checksums and ImgBurn to create the CD or DVD.

Rufus does not need to be installed and can be run directly by double clicking on the application.

Accept the User Account Control:

There's no need to check for Updates for Rufus. Select No:

Select "Select":

Load the Windows XP Reinstallation ISO:

Press the tick box to check the Installation ISO Checksums:

The Checksums should match the following:

Windows XP Home SP3 32 Bit:

MD5: 54c99b04937b6d8f9b77dbec8ffffb10

SHA1: 1fc1a91183763e3312d1a32cfa9923aee6ed58bb

SHA256: 32d7cce9e2497c65787195932234de3154dd8cdfb1ec588833c1c12d9bc78bda

Windows XP Professional SP3 32 Bit:

MD5: 89b26ffdf16df510fc853d467f069dc6

SHA1: cb95b270f0c1d3f064e8e7bd8c011464bba416f6

SHA256: 9fd234f30740cde276feae76d88a12b12b5216db1fb1180c9dfa479dc8f500b6

Windows XP Media Centre Edition SP2 32 Bit:

MD5: 6853a6f5d49b69384fa2e30ae88b102d

SHA1: f46a44dfcd18d41dcf12ddc69a2ecbc1482ddc6b

SHA256: fe460a287a8358d623e54452fb16eff5adabec52f7814c2071bd520b8af32ec5

If they do not, then your Download is corrupt and you should try again. You can now press OK.

Press Start:

All data on your USB flash drive will be deleted. Select OK:

Rufus will now make the Bootable USB:

When it's done it will say Ready:

Unofficial Service Pack 4

You should also download the Unofficial Windows XP SP4 and save it to the USB:

You can now clean install Windows XP. After installation install the Unofficial XP SP4 and then the system drivers.

You may also need the Microsoft .Net Framework 4.0:

Security for Windows XP

XP should be regarded as insecure even with third party security software installed.

For an Operating System that has reached End of Life you are limited when it comes to Security however you can use Malwarebytes' AntiMalware Legacy:

The latest definitions or rules are available here, you'll to download them on your Host PC and drag and drop the files over to your VM:



8 thoughts on “Windows XP

  1. Hi Philip, I came across your guide by accident, and your comments were really useful, so I thought I would take a chance and ask your opinion about my dilemma – hope you don't feel that this is an inappropriate forum for such an enquiry. Ok, here goes…like many others I have to decide what to do about Windows XP – I'm currently using an 8-year old Dell Inspiron 9400 running on XP Media Edition with SP3 (we also have a slightly older Inspiron 6000 running on XP Home SP3 that we use as the family network hub). They have both been looked after and maintained by myself (an enthusiastic amateur), and continue to perform well – but now that XP support has finished, I feel that it is probably time to move on to a newer version of Windows (we have licenses for both XP programs, and i also have a Vista license that is not currently being used, although without a Vista installation disc, my kid's laptops are an HP and an Acer, both running Windows 7, and 1 Macbook). But which way to go? Are either of my systems able to run either Windows 7 or 8, and if so, will they need significant money spending on them to upgrade…the 9400 has 2Gb of RAM, an Intel Core2 T5600 @ 1.83GHz with a 70 Gb hard drive…the 6000 has 2Gb of RAM, an Intel Pentium M @ 1.73GHz with a 60Gb hard drive. Of course, the other alternative is to start again and buy something new that would hopefully run well for another 8 years…unfortunately we don't currently have the funds to shell out for another quality Dell with decent spec – usage: I'm not a gamer (just Football Manager), so it's nearly all internet and office use, and we live in rural Wales, so the broadband is pretty slow (5 meg at best). So what would you say my options are, without spending lots of cash – I'm very happy using XP, and really don't want to change, but I suspect that you wouldn't advise just carrying on with XP and hope that we don't have any security issues. Any thoughts would be very much appreciated, with kind regards, Mark.

    1. Hi Mark

      This isn't a forum the best place to ask these types of questions is on the Dell Microsoft OS Forum because you can get advice from more than one person:

      However I don't mind replying to questions here either.

      For Internet use Windows XP is probably going to be quite unsafe and personally I would avoid it.

      The Inspiron 9400 will support Windows Vista, 7 and 8.1 32/64 Bit. My personal preference is for Windows 7 and I think it runs best although likely you can get Windows 8.1 for cheaper. For drivers and recommended upgrades see here for details, I would in particular recommend the 120 GB Solid State Drive as they have went down in price and it will make it run like a new system:

      Next the Inspiron 6000, it can run Windows Vista/7 but not as well as the Inspiron 6400, also the hard drive is an older interface but harder to replace:

      The Vista license not in use did it come as a download or did you buy a retail license and if so do you have the product key? If so you may download media from Digital River and use this to install see here:
      Note the download link to the .exe is broken see the comments at the bottom of the page as I have uploaded the file to OneDrive.

      In short what I would recommend is using your Vista license on the Inspiron 6000 as the license is not in use and getting a Crucial M500 SSD and a Windows 7 or 8.1 license for the Inspiron 9400. In the UK its probably best to buy direct from Crucial and get the OEM version of Windows 7 from Overclockers:
      The Inspiron 9400 will run Windows 7 without the SSD but will run it alot better with it. If you want to evaluate Windows 7/8.1 on the system before deciding to buy use the Windows 7 Digital River .iso without a product key for a 30 day trial or the Windows 8.1 90 day Enterprize Trial:

      For Windows installation you can see here:

  2. Hi Phillip. I'm having a horrid time, and am hoping you can help. I bought a Dell 7440 off e-bay. It has the licence key sticker, but did not come with disks.. The drive was wiped, including the recovery partition. Every copy of windows XP I've tried (including yours) is unable to see the hard drive. I've tried changing the BIOS settings for the drives, but I suspect it's because XO doesn't like the fact it's SATA. Do you have any advice?

    1. Windows XP? The Latitude E7440 is a Late 2013 model. Windows XP reached End of Life in Early 2014… There was and is no Windows XP driver support for third generation Intel processors or later.

      Latitude Exyz0:

      x=5 (standard build quality/performance), 6 (medium build quality/performance), 7 (best build quality/performance)

      y=screen size 4=14", 5=15"

      z=generation of processor following the Intel i series.

  3. That explains a lot, actually. I bought it off ebay with xp, didn't even stop to look that that's not how it shipped. Thanks and sorry to waste your time 🙂

    1. You should be able to install Windows 7 Pro on it using OEM SLP or Windows 10 Pro using the key from the COA (under the battery).

  4. The XP Home SP3 x86 does not start on my Dell. Is that a startup file that is executable that I can click? I have a Dell Inspiron 1100 now with a solid state drive (HDD died). I have the original Dell activation code pasted on the bottom of the laptop.

  5. Hi, Thanks a million for your still available download. I used Pro Oem to repair a Subway Shop point of sales.
    Saludos desde México!

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