Cheapest place to buy Windows XP?

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

  1. jthomasa macrumors newbie

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    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

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

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    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

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

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

    Mono...
     
  6. jthomasa thread starter macrumors newbie

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    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

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    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

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    Have you tried plugging the USB card reader into the Mac?
    Are you using smart chips? (SIM card looking gold face contacts?)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Differentsmartcardpadlayouts.jpg#file
     
  9. jthomasa thread starter macrumors newbie

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    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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