You can go to the Microsoft website to download free software for Windows XP or Vista, providing you have a legal and genuine copy of Windows installed. Infact there is a lot of computer software you can get from Microsoft, all free.
You can also go to the Microsoft website to see the necessary system requirements your computer needs to run a particular program. I personally like using the new Internet Explorer 7, as it allows me to open multiple tabs instead of multiple windows. Which obviously a lot more organized and a lot less confusing.
When you do buy a copy of Windows, whether it be XP Home, PRO, or Vista, you will be entitled to all of the extras. I have listed some software titles below.
|Windows Vista Gadget GalleryWindows Live ToolbarDirectXWindows Defender
Windows Desktop Search
Windows Internet Explorer 7
Windows Live Messenger
Windows Vista Gadget Gallery
Direct X 9
|Windows Live OneCareWindows Media Player 11Windows Server 2003 SP2Find more downloads for Windows
Internet Explorer 7 Add-ons
Windows Media Player plug-ins
Windows XP PowerToys and Add-ins
WUGNET shareware picks
Go to the Microsoft download center
Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 Support Ends April 8, 2014
In 2002 Microsoft introduced its Support Lifecycle policy based on customer feedback to have more transparency and predictability of support for Microsoft products. As per this policy, Microsoft Business and Developer products, including Windows and Office products, receive a minimum of 10 years of support (5 years Mainstream Support and 5 years Extended Support), at the supported service pack level.
Thus, Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will go out of support on April 8, 2014. If your organization has not started the migration to a modern desktop, you are late. Based on historical customer deployment data, the average enterprise deployment can take 18 to 32 months from business case through full deployment. To ensure you remain on supported versions of Windows and Office, you should begin your planning and application testing immediately to ensure you deploy before end of support.
Some of these download might not be available now, but we still have a huge section of Windows XP tutorials.