More than 21 years after its first release, Microsoft's operating system is back in the limelight. It is possible to activate new installations, safely, without using cracks.
A post on tinyapps he says that the algorithm Microsoft uses to validate Windows XP product keys was broken. So it is currently possible to generate valid Windows XP activation codes without an internet connection, even though Microsoft has disabled all activation servers.
XP ISO https://archive.org/details/WinXPProSP3x86
XP VM https://archive.org/details/windows-xp-mode_20200907
Warning: We do not recommend running an unsupported operating system especially if you are going to use it online.
However, sometimes some may need it. There is, for example, hardware that only works with Windows XP.
If you are concerned about such a device or have some specific software that you need to run that doesn't work properly on any newer version of Windows, then you may need to use XP. One of the problems at the moment is that Microsoft has disabled the activation servers, so even if you install a clean fresh copy, you can no longer activate it over the internet.
But Internet Explorer 6.0 will not work. Even installing IE 8, the latest version for XP, won't help much, since it can no longer open Microsoft.com, for example.
Seamonkey version 2.49.5 is the latest version of the open source browser, it still works on XP, but you can also try Opera version 36, which you'll find at the bottom of the company's downloads page.
Avast also offers a version of its free antivirus that will still work on XP. Hopefully needless to say, you don't need to go to random download sites found on Google to get older versions. If it's legitimate, you can probably get it directly from the vendor – unless that vendor is Microsoft.
The website tinyapps.org is a treasure trove of minimalist apps for this outdated operating system. They even report that there is still an active community of XP fans on the Internet who help each other with tips on how to maintain this operating system.
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What is the point of cracking Windows XP, since there are Volume Licensing VL versions that work without activation, simply by entering a serial number and even offline?