Alternatives to Windows XP for Windows with any license

  • Windows 10 icon

    Windows 10

    Windows 10 is a personal computer operating system released by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems To encourage its adoption, Microsoft announced that during its first year of availability, Windows 10...

    Commercial Windows

    • If you **must** use Windows then Windows 10 is the best Windows XP alternative, primarily because XP is no longer supported, no longer receives security updates and should be considered a security liability. JohnFastmanJan 2017 Disagree   Agree
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    ReactOS

    ReactOS is a free, modern operating system in alpha stage, based on the design of Windows XP/2003. Written completely from scratch, it aims to follow the Windows architecture designed by Microsoft from the hardware level right through...

    Open Source Windows

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    Illumos

    Illumos is a derivative of OS/Net (aka ON), which basically is a Solaris/ OpenSolaris kernel with the bulk of the drivers, core libraries, and basic utilities. It is dependent on OS/Net, which...

    Free Mac Windows Linux

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    Windows Preinstallation Environment

    What's Windows PE (WinPE)? It's a small operating system used to install, deploy, and repair Windows. From Windows PE, you can: Set up your hard drive before installing Windows. Install Windows by using apps or scripts...

    Free Windows Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK)

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    Damn Small Linux

    Damn Small Linux is a very versatile 50MB mini desktop oriented Linux distribution. Damn Small is small enough and smart enough to do the following things: * Boot from a business card CD as a live linux distribution (LiveCD)...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer updated (No release candidate since 2012, no stable release since 2008), but it still fully works.
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    xPud

    A Browser OS with an App Store - The desktop has never been this easy -- Get your favorite web browser with a simple web-based interface on top.

    Open Source Windows Linux

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    DAMS OS

    A Small Debian-based Live OS.

    Free Mac Windows Linux

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    • Discontinued Developed stopped in 2013. Last version, 2.0.1s32, released in September 2012, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.