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 Windows XP

Software > Windows XP

Windows XP is a Microsoft operating system. An upgrade to this operating system is available to those eligible under the terms of a campus-wide license agreement with Microsoft Corp. to various groups at Columbia. This product can be installed on eligible systems used for your Columbia-related work.

If you need help with this software after installing it on a home computer, please get support from a third-party service provider in your local area. One option is a company called Techs in a Sec, with whom Columbia has arranged a discount.

Eligibility to download Microsoft Windows XP is generally limited to University officers, support staff and faculty, with exceptions for specific graduate/professional students (e.g., Business School, CUMC and SIPA). If you are not eligible, you will not be able to download the installer and will be redirected to a page with additional information. For more information, please visit our Microsoft Campus Agreement information page.

Computer Requirements
Please make sure your computer meets the necessary requirements to install Windows XP with Service Pack 2.

Download and Installation
  1. Download the ISO image (required UNI login):
     Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (586MB)
  2. Save the ISO image to your hard drive, and make a note of where you saved it.
  3. The ISO image windowsxpsp2.iso must be recorded to a blank, writeable CD. Please follow the instructions of your burning utility to record the ISO to a CD.

    If you do not have ISO burning software, you can obtain any of a number of unsupported applications: the commercial Nero, or freeware applications such as ISORecorder and CDBurnerXP.
    • ISORecorder: After installation just right-click the ISO and choose Burn Image to CD.
    • CDBurnerXP: After installation launch the program from the start menu and choose FileBurn Image to CD. Instructions are also available on CDBurnerXP's website.
  4. After the ISO has been recorded, start your computer using the CD you just burned.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete installation/configuration of Windows XP.

  6. Vendor Documentation Windows XP Homepage