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.
For specialist applications I recommend virtualisation of Windows XP. For more details see Installation of Windows and Linux on a Virtual Machine using VMware Player. I demonstrate setting up a Windows XP Virtual Machine with a Retail/Corporate License and using it to interface legacy software with legacy hardware. I also demonstrate the conversion of a physical installation into a virtual machine and the interface of legacy software with legacy hardware.
Dell Windows XP Reinstallation .isos
There may be some other cases where you need to get Windows XP running on an old Dell system.
Windows XP Pro SP3, Windows XP Home SP3, Windows XP Media Centre SP2:
Unofficial Windows XP SP4:
This should not be slipstreamed but installed after Windows XP installation. Slipstream of USP4 will break Dell OEM System Locked Preinstallation (BIOS based offline Product Activation). Slipstream of USP4 or SP3 into a Media Centre .iso will break the installation of Media Centre.
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 Prompt:
The order that you use Rufus is important failure to perform the steps in the order listed may lead to an incorrectly created Bootable USB
1. Select the USB Device:
2. Load the .iso:
Press the button to load the .iso:
Select the .iso and select open:
Click the # to view the checksums:
Wait for the image checksums to be computed:
The MD5, SHA1 and SHA256 should display:
Make sure they match the following.
Windows XP Home SP3 32 Bit:
Windows XP Professional SP3 32 Bit:
Windows XP Media Centre Edition SP2 32 Bit:
To create a Bootable USB ensure your USB is selected and the MBR partition scheme and NTFS is selected.
Click start and wait.
Install the Unofficial Service Pack after clean installation. It will break Dell Windows XP OEM SLP activation if slipstreamed.