Cheapest place to buy Windows XP?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jthomasa, May 17, 2010.

  1. jthomasa macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2010
    I'm going to be running Windows on a virtual machine on my MBP, but I only need it for work to access web-based servers. Where is the cheapest place to get XP now? I don't want 7 because it takes up so much more space.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Why do you need Windows to access something that's web-based?
  3. jthomasa thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2010
    We have computer chips in our ID cards, the card reader's drivers only work in Windows. Example: to access my work email in OWA, I have to insert the card into the reader and enter a passcode.
  4. ozreth macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2009
    Well you could buy an OEM version, but you can only install it on one machine. is selling Windows 7 OEM's for $99.99 right now, I imagine XP would be even cheaper.
  5. macmono macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2010
    Check out newegg if your in the us, [​IMG] if in the uk i would check out scan or ebuddy.

  6. jthomasa thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2010
    It's $100 at Newegg, Amazon and the other usual suspects. I have found it for $75 with service pack 2, can I just download the remaining updates from offline?
  7. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I paid $50 on these forums. That's the best deal I could possibly find because eBay was at least $15 higher.
  8. Wolffie macrumors regular


    Sep 6, 2008
    Have you tried plugging the USB card reader into the Mac?
    Are you using smart chips? (SIM card looking gold face contacts?)
  9. jthomasa thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2010
    Yes we are. I haven't tried that yet, it is a government CAC (common access card) and typically they only work with Windows (I've been told it won't work on a Mac). Should I try it?

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