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alternative os

By momsgonelooney
May 27, 2007
  1. my friend bought a used comp. and discovered the xp os is illegal. is there a free alternative os to xp that i can dl and put on disc for her? she has searched and can not find xp anywhere to buy and vista is way too much.
     
  2. GameJunkie72792

    GameJunkie72792 TS Maniac Posts: 357

    well she could use Linux, but if she has certain windows programs to run this will do her no good, but it will give her a functional computer, to get it go to

    http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download

    this is a user friendly version of linux she could proboly get used to (unless she wants certain windows based apps... i use ubuntu everyday and i love it!
     
  3. momsgonelooney

    momsgonelooney TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 130

    i think she prefers windows. any other help would be appreciated.
     
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,630   +321

    Only way you are gonna get Windows legally is to pay for it...

    If you just do Office stuff/internet/IM/email/and videos Ubuntu will be just fine.
     
  5. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 6,504   +6

    Yes, the only way to get Windows is to buy it, or buy a computer with it. You can get OEM versions of the software quite cheaply, though.
     
  6. an15wn

    an15wn TS Rookie

  7. GameJunkie72792

    GameJunkie72792 TS Maniac Posts: 357

    yes react os will be great. WHEN ITS FINISHED, its still in alpha i wouldnt use it everyday, but this might be the only free answer to windows

    yet with a 20mb install download it might be a pretty cool little thing to have on hand
     
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,446   +324

    you can still buy XP/Pro on the Internet -- just be sure you get the FULL RETAIL
    version if you expect to perform an UPDATE in preference to a CLEAN install.
     
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