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August 03, 2011, 05:45:29 PM
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I just want to know is there a free microsoft windows os?

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August 03, 2011, 05:48:20 PM
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Yes and no.

You can get a "free" copy with the purchases of some OEM systems.  But that's about it.
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August 03, 2011, 05:49:34 PM
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I just want to know is there a free microsoft windows os?

Only if you pirate it. Otherwise, it's always paid for, either hidden in the cost of a full system or as a standalone retail copy.

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August 03, 2011, 05:53:28 PM
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Free (as in freedom) Windows OS, though not Microsoft: http://www.reactos.org/

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August 03, 2011, 06:06:50 PM
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then what is this?? http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/Windows-XP-SP2-RTM.shtml

i think this is a free windows xp

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August 03, 2011, 06:54:33 PM
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then what is this?? http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/Windows-XP-SP2-RTM.shtml

i think this is a free windows xp

That is the Windows XP Service Pack 2, it's used to update an existing installation of Windows XP.


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August 03, 2011, 06:56:32 PM
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Windows 95/98 keys should be cheap nowadays.

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August 03, 2011, 07:02:53 PM
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Windows 95/98 keys should be cheap nowadays.
gl finding drivers.
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August 03, 2011, 07:05:02 PM
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Windows 95/98 keys should be cheap nowadays.
gl finding drivers.

No matter how often you try, humor is so often lost on the internet. Just the concept of something free from M$ is a joke.

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August 03, 2011, 07:17:06 PM
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No matter how often you try, humor is so often lost on the internet. Just the concept of something free from M$ is a joke.

Not really... if it helps them take over a market, they are quite willing to give away things for free a la IE vs Netscape.

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August 03, 2011, 07:21:53 PM
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Not really... if it helps them take over a market, they are quite willing to give away things for free a la IE vs Netscape.

Yes they do have free products (IE, Defender, Live), but without a *paid* windows OS you can't use them, so it's not quite the same comparison.

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August 03, 2011, 08:15:57 PM
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yes ftw free server r2 https://www.dreamspark.com/Products/Product.aspx?ProductId=17
and wind 7 https://www.dreamspark.com/Products/Product.aspx?ProductId=35

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August 03, 2011, 08:22:56 PM
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Windows 95/98 keys should be cheap nowadays.
gl finding drivers.

No matter how often you try, humor is so often lost on the internet. Just the concept of something free from M$ is a joke.
It's hard to tell sometimes. I've seen people make dumber statements then that and they are not joking. So I just assume they mean what they are talking about.
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August 03, 2011, 08:29:31 PM
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got some unused windows nt 4 workstation keys lying around. pm me if interested

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August 03, 2011, 08:31:02 PM
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Only for students if I'm not wrong, which brings me back to

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Not really... if it helps them take over a market, they are quite willing to give away things for free a la IE vs Netscape.

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August 03, 2011, 08:49:38 PM
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I just want to know is there a free microsoft windows os?
No there is not.  But there is ReactOS, and WINE under Linux.

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August 03, 2011, 10:39:00 PM
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There is one free version of windows(sorta). Microsoft hyper v server 2008. It has no explorer and may not let you install drivers for a video card i have not tried. however you can load pleanty of vm's on top of it if you're willing to work through a command line.
http://www.microsoft.com/hyper-v-server/en/us/default.aspx

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August 04, 2011, 03:41:03 AM
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Yeah that's the only one. There was dude hangin around that got it working for mining IIRC.

Short of that, you can download 7 Enterprise trial and use it for 90 days. Once your 90 days are up, reinstall.

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August 04, 2011, 04:16:37 AM
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I have a "new in the box, still shrinkwrapped" Windows 95 upgrade. found it in the server closet of a company i helped clear out.
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August 04, 2011, 04:44:28 AM
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I have a "new in the box, still shrinkwrapped" Windows 95 upgrade. found it in the server closet of a company i helped clear out.


IIRC, you can't use that unless the base system already has MSDOS or Win 3.1 or something? Cheesy

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