Windows XP from existing hardware based machine under Hyper-V possible?


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Is it possible to actually take a physical HDD that runs Windows XP Pro 32bit w/Service Pack 3 and then create a virtual file and run it under Hyper-V from the virtual file?
 

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Is it possible to actually take a physical HDD that runs Windows XP Pro 32bit w/Service Pack 3 and then create a virtual file and run it under Hyper-V from the virtual file?



Obviously a job for... @jimbo45 :-)
 

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Disk2vhd from Microsoft Sysinternals is a possibility, but you will probably need to reactivate after building the Virtual Machine. If you have the HDD, it shouldn't be much of a problem to extract the activation key, and the telephone activation service will have to be used as the XP Activation Server(s) have been closed down.
 

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Disk2vhd from Microsoft Sysinternals is a possibility, but you will probably need to reactivate after building the Virtual Machine. If you have the HDD, it shouldn't be much of a problem to extract the activation key, and the telephone activation service will have to be used as the XP Activation Server(s) have been closed down.
I don't even know where the actual media is for Windows XP since it's probably still in the 2009 moving boxes when I moved. I am planning on migrating that physical machine to Windows 11 on a newer machine so with it running in a VM, I can use the start menu and the system tray to see what I want and not want on the Windows 11 host. How does one extract the activation key?
 

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The easiest way to extract the Windows XP Product Key from a working installation is to use one of the many free Key Finder utilities available e.g,

Wise Windows Key Finder which is 'portable', so no installation is required, just run the standalone exe on the working system to get the Product Key information.

Or, start a new Administrator Command Prompt tab on Windows XP. Check that the command prompt shows C:\WINDOWS\system32> and enter the following command:

wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey

Press the RETURN Key and the Product Key should be reported.
 

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Thanks @LeLibran, I forgot about the key finders and thanks for instructions on how to do it from the command prompt.
 

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I reinstalled Windows XP Pro on two old computers last year. Telephone activation did not work. I had to call Microsoft tech support for assistance. With their help I was able to activate Windows on both computers.

BTW, a while back someone on www.xpforums.com posted about a way to activate Window XP using an offline hack. I don't recommend this for normal Windows XP installations but make an exception for virtual machines. If anyone is interested check xpforums and search for "offline activation". If the moderator disagrees about discussing this they might want to remove this from my post.
 

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Thanks @MisterEd, didn't realize there were still XP discussion forums available. I am not on a retail license but my XP was installed as part of a Volume License Key so I don't remember if it actually required the standard activation or not.

Is xpforums.com actually part of the various versions of windows forums like this one since it has a similar naming?
 
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Thanks @MisterEd, didn't realize there were still XP discussion forums available. I am not on a retail license but my XP was installed as part of a Volume License Key so I don't remember if it actually required the standard activation or not.
Unlike current versions of Windows, Windows XP has to be activated within 30 days. If it isn't you are stopped at login and can't can't continue until you activate it.

I gave up on one a few months ago that I had installed using VMware Workstation Player but forgot to activate it within 30 days. Here is what I saw when I tried to log in. I couldn't get past the activation screen.

WindowsXP1.jpg

I just installed Windows XP Pro again using Hyper-V. During the setup I used a valid Windows XP Pro key I had. I activated it using the "offline activation" method I mentioned in a previous post. Here is what the VM looks like.

WindowsXP2.jpg
 

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The easiest way to extract the Windows XP Product Key from a working installation is to use one of the many free Key Finder utilities available e.g,

Wise Windows Key Finder which is 'portable', so no installation is required, just run the standalone exe on the working system to get the Product Key information.

Or, start a new Administrator Command Prompt tab on Windows XP. Check that the command prompt shows C:\WINDOWS\system32> and enter the following command:

wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey

Press the RETURN Key and the Product Key should be reported.
Hi there
I used that command also to find the product key of a current Win 11 Pro install.

@Almighty1

For cloning a physical XP to a VM using a Windows HOST could be a problem since the Virtual HDD's need an XP driver. Note that only USB2 also is supported and unless you visit one of those hobbyist XP sites you won't find a sata driver --you'll need an ide driver. As for sound you can emulate something like soundblaster - depending on your physical machine's hardware and the virtual machine HOST system you are running.

Also you will need some sort of disk cloning utility -- to copy the real disk image to the VM. Macrium won't work on XP -- Norton Ghost might if you can find an old copy or if you can learn to use the bootable GPARTED Image (download the iso).

I had tried in the past with things like disk2vhd and usually got nowhere with it --computer freeze, no mouse etc. Incidentally that also requires the vhd to be in one contiguous data file not split into a lot of "little files". On a Linux Host it's quite simple with KVM ad you can download from the fedora site the virtio windows drivers which include drivers for XP.

I had an ISO from the old technet system which I installed as a VM and the serial number activated without issue.

If you need Internet Firefox SE still works. You might also have to enable various bits of "defunct" network options to get sharing to work. It's all dooable though. Office 2010 keys from Technet also still activate.

If you need some old iso's the Internet archive site is a good repository but if using those check that they are "untouched2 before using.


cheers
jimbo
 

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Hi there
I used that command also to find the product key of a current Win 11 Pro install.

@Almighty1

For cloning a physical XP to a VM using a Windows HOST could be a problem since the Virtual HDD's need an XP driver. Note that only USB2 also is supported and unless you visit one of those hobbyist XP sites you won't find a sata driver --you'll need an ide driver. As for sound you can emulate something like soundblaster - depending on your physical machine's hardware and the virtual machine HOST system you are running.

Also you will need some sort of disk cloning utility -- to copy the real disk image to the VM. Macrium won't work on XP -- Norton Ghost might if you can find an old copy or if you can learn to use the bootable GPARTED Image (download the iso).

I had tried in the past with things like disk2vhd and usually got nowhere with it --computer freeze, no mouse etc. Incidentally that also requires the vhd to be in one contiguous data file not split into a lot of "little files". On a Linux Host it's quite simple with KVM ad you can download from the fedora site the virtio windows drivers which include drivers for XP.

I had an ISO from the old technet system which I installed as a VM and the serial number activated without issue.

If you need Internet Firefox SE still works. You might also have to enable various bits of "defunct" network options to get sharing to work. It's all dooable though. Office 2010 keys from Technet also still activate.

If you need some old iso's the Internet archive site is a good repository but if using those check that they are "untouched2 before using.


cheers
jimbo
@MisterEd - Thanks for the pointers about the activation. I remember I cloned the HDD back in the 2000's when I literally changed all the hardware including the motherboard, video card and even SCSI controller and I never had to re-activate but ofcourse I am running on a Volume License Key which is probably why.

@jimbo45 - I really only need it more for the visual and not the sound as basically I will be using the XP's start menu as well as the system tray as a guide to see what things to install on the Windows 10/11 host and at the end, the only thing running on the XP side would be WinFax Pro as that does not support anything later than XP 32 bit and I will probably just send faxes using PDF files from the XP side. My XP actually uses a Parallel ATA/EIDE 250GB HDD and not SATA. So the sound part isn't important as usually I never use the sound on a computer 99% of the time.

I kept thinking the disk cloning part was supposed to be the easiest but it seems like that is the challenging part.

Was just reading this thread:
 

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I don't even know where the actual media is for Windows XP since it's probably still in the 2009 moving boxes when I moved. I am planning on migrating that physical machine to Windows 11 on a newer machine so with it running in a VM, I can use the start menu and the system tray to see what I want and not want on the Windows 11 host. How does one extract the activation key?

You can get old official Microsoft .ISOs from archive.org - it's how I built my XP, Vista, 7 and 8.1 VMs. Unless you need the actual OS as installed on a machine, start from scratch, it'll be a lot faster. I even used my old Technet XP keys for my VMs and activated via phone activation (using my cell phone number, which then allowed me to do it via a link sent to text, and use a page that I could paste to and copy from.
 

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Is it possible to actually take a physical HDD that runs Windows XP Pro 32bit w/Service Pack 3 and then create a virtual file and run it under Hyper-V from the virtual file?
Yes, it is. At least, it was when I tried it three years years ago (while the free upgrade from W7 to W10 was still available)

Bree said:
My XP machine was less fortunate than yours, it had installed software I wanted to keep but the only remaining working hardware was its (IDE) hard drive. I put the HDD in an expansion adapter and took a Macrium Reflect image of it, then booted a Hyper-V VM from a Macrium recovery ISO and restored the image to it.

My purpose was to upgrade it from XP to Windows 10 keeping files and apps, which you can do, but in stages. First XP > Vista, then Vista to W7, and finally W7 to W10.
(from my post #7 in this thread)

And I've been keeping that 32-bit Windows 10 with its MS Office 2003 updated (as a VM) to this day. Last week I finally found it a home on a real machine, an old Acer AOD270 netbook of mine.
 
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    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround. In-place upgrade to 22H2 using ISO and a workaround. Feature Update to 23H2 by manually installing the Enablement Package.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 4GB RAM, 128GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro Insider Beta, Dev and Canary, all as native boot vhdx.


    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 128GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro.
You can get old official Microsoft .ISOs from archive.org - it's how I built my XP, Vista, 7 and 8.1 VMs. Unless you need the actual OS as installed on a machine, start from scratch, it'll be a lot faster. I even used my old Technet XP keys for my VMs and activated via phone activation (using my cell phone number, which then allowed me to do it via a link sent to text, and use a page that I could paste to and copy from.
Thanks, the thing is I am trying to first migrate the existing machine from a real to virtual machine first and then see what apps using the XP Start Menu as a guide on the Windows 11 host machine as well as copy data such as images, and other stuff on my desktop and other directories over to the Windows 11 side. Only thing at the end that will remain on the XP VM is WinFax Pro as that is the only thing that won't run on anything newer than XP. But in any case, does the Volume License Keys require a certain .ISO to work as I know there is OEM and Retail versions of the ISO which does not wok with the VLK.

@Bree - Thanks for the pointers except in my case, I can't really upgrade the XP machine itself as the entire reason even need the XP under a VM is for running WinFax Pro. For other things, I can probably just take screenshots of the system tray as well as the different folders for the start menu for all users, my own user and then use that as reference. I can probably clone the HDD to a second identical WD 250GB PATA HDD and then use that instead of messing with the original drive so should anything go wrong, I will still be able to start all over again.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows XP/7/8/8.1/10/11, Linux, Android, FreeBSD Unix
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 15 9570
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i7-8750H 8th Gen Processor 2.2Ghz up to 4.1Ghz
    Motherboard
    Dell XPS 15 9570
    Memory
    32GB using 2x16GB modules
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel UHD 630 & NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB DDR5
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC3266-CG
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6" 4K Touch UltraHD 3840x2160 made by Sharp
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba KXG60ZNV1T02 NVMe 1024GB/1TB SSD
    PSU
    Dell XPS 15 9570
    Case
    Dell XPS 15 9570
    Cooling
    Stock
    Keyboard
    Stock
    Mouse
    SwitftPoint ProPoint
    Internet Speed
    Comcast/XFinity 1.44Gbps/42.5Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft EDGE (Chromium based) & Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender that came with Windows
I haven't used Hyper-V as much as some other VM programs. After I created the Windows XP Pro VM I realized I needed to copy something from the Windows 11 host to its C: drive. I finally succeeded by doing the following:

Mount Windows XP virtual hard disk
  1. Locate folder containing Windows XP virtual machine
  2. Open directory Virtual Hard Disks
  3. I right-clicked on Windows XP Pro.vhdx and selected Mount
  4. It opened as a new drive, Drive 2 (E:), on my Windows 11 computer
  5. I dragged and dropped the files I wanted to that drive
Dismount Windows XP virtual hard disk
  1. Open Disk Management
  2. Right-click on Drive 2 and selected Detach VHD
Note the virtual hard disk had to be dismounted after I mounted it or the Windows XP virtual machine would not boot. I am sure there is an easier way to transfer files between the virtual machine and the host but this suffices for now.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS TUF Gaming A15 (2022)
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 6800H with Radeon 680M GPU (486MB RAM)
    Memory
    Micron DDR5-4800 (2400MHz) 16GB (2 x 8GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA RTX 3060 Laptop (6GB RAM)
    Sound Card
    n/a
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6-inch
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 300Hz
    Hard Drives
    2 x Samsung 980 (1TB M.2 NVME SSD)
    PSU
    n/a
    Mouse
    Wireless Mouse M510
    Internet Speed
    1200Mbps/250Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes
Thanks @MisterEd - The mounting is similar to mounting a ISO image but never knew the unmounting requires going to Disk Management.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows XP/7/8/8.1/10/11, Linux, Android, FreeBSD Unix
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 15 9570
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i7-8750H 8th Gen Processor 2.2Ghz up to 4.1Ghz
    Motherboard
    Dell XPS 15 9570
    Memory
    32GB using 2x16GB modules
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel UHD 630 & NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB DDR5
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC3266-CG
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6" 4K Touch UltraHD 3840x2160 made by Sharp
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba KXG60ZNV1T02 NVMe 1024GB/1TB SSD
    PSU
    Dell XPS 15 9570
    Case
    Dell XPS 15 9570
    Cooling
    Stock
    Keyboard
    Stock
    Mouse
    SwitftPoint ProPoint
    Internet Speed
    Comcast/XFinity 1.44Gbps/42.5Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft EDGE (Chromium based) & Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender that came with Windows
Thanks @MisterEd - The mounting is similar to mounting a ISO image but never knew the unmounting requires going to Disk Management.
After I mounted the virtual disk I was perplexed that there was no option to unmount it. However, it really became a problem when I couldn't boot the VM. Then through the magic of Googling I found out how to unmount the virtual disk.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS TUF Gaming A15 (2022)
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 6800H with Radeon 680M GPU (486MB RAM)
    Memory
    Micron DDR5-4800 (2400MHz) 16GB (2 x 8GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA RTX 3060 Laptop (6GB RAM)
    Sound Card
    n/a
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6-inch
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 300Hz
    Hard Drives
    2 x Samsung 980 (1TB M.2 NVME SSD)
    PSU
    n/a
    Mouse
    Wireless Mouse M510
    Internet Speed
    1200Mbps/250Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes
Thanks @MisterEd - The mounting is similar to mounting a ISO image but never knew the unmounting requires going to Disk Management.
After I mounted the virtual disk I was perplexed that there was no option to unmount it. However, it really became a problem when I couldn't boot the VM. Then through the magic of Googling I found out how to unmount the virtual disk.
You might both like to know that you can eject a mounted virtual disk from File Explorer, same way as you can eject a usb drive or a DVD. It's called 'eject' rather than 'unmount' which is why you (and me for a long time) didn't spot it :wink:

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It was there in W10 too....

Eject mounted vhdx.png
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung EVO 870 SSD
    Internet Speed
    50 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October. Windows Update offered the 22H2 Feature Update on 20th September 2022. It got the 23H2 Feature Update on 4th November 2023 through Windows Update.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 4GB RAM, 128GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro Insider Beta, Dev and Canary, all as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 128GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, and the Insider Canary build as a native boot .vhdx.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    i5 M 520
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    8GB
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB Crucial MX500 SSD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround. In-place upgrade to 22H2 using ISO and a workaround. Feature Update to 23H2 by manually installing the Enablement Package.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 4GB RAM, 128GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro Insider Beta, Dev and Canary, all as native boot vhdx.


    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 128GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro.
But in any case, does the Volume License Keys require a certain .ISO to work as I know there is OEM and Retail versions of the ISO which does not wok with the VLK.

VLK from an Enterprise install? Should still be doable. I'm pretty sure I saw VL builds for older OSs at Archive.org.

But cloning that physical drive to a VHD should also be doable as Bree showed.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2 Current build
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HomeBrew
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
    Motherboard
    MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE
    Memory
    4 * 32 GB - Corsair Vengeance 3600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti XC3 ULTRA GAMING (12G-P5-3955-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC1220 Codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2x Eve Spectrum ES07D03 4K Gaming Monitor (Matte) | Eve Spectrum ES07DC9 4K Gaming Monitor (Glossy)
    Screen Resolution
    3x 3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    3x Samsung 980 Pro NVMe PCIe 4 M.2 2 TB SSD (MZ-V8P2T0B/AM) } 3x Sabrent Rocket NVMe 4.0 1 TB SSD (USB)
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling’s Silencer Series 1050 Watt, 80 Plus Platinum
    Case
    Fractal Design Define 7 XL Dark ATX Full Tower Case
    Cooling
    NZXT KRAKEN Z73 73.11 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (3x 120 mm push top) + Air 3x 140mm case fans (pull front) + 1x 120 mm (push back) and 1 x 120 mm (pull bottom)
    Keyboard
    SteelSeries Apex Pro Wired Gaming Keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S | MX Master 3 for Business
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex Ftth
    Browser
    Nightly (default) + Firefox (stable), Chrome, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender + MB 5 Beta
  • Operating System
    ChromeOS Flex Dev Channel (current)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Latitude E5470
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6300U CPU @ 2.40GHz, 2501 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520 + RealTek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell laptop display 15"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 * 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 128GB M.2 22300 drive
    INTEL Cherryville 520 Series SSDSC2CW180A 180 GB SATA III SSD
    PSU
    Dell
    Case
    Dell
    Cooling
    Dell
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S (shared w. Sys 1) | Dell TouchPad
    Keyboard
    Dell
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex Ftth
VLK from an Enterprise install? Should still be doable. I'm pretty sure I saw VL builds for older OSs at Archive.org.

But cloning that physical drive to a VHD should also be doable as Bree showed.
Yep, found one right here which even includes a working Volume License key which does not need activation. If I remembered correctly, it's really one file that is different that defines what type of licensing it will accept. Now the question is are updates that were released after Service Pack 3 still available using Windows Updates?

 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows XP/7/8/8.1/10/11, Linux, Android, FreeBSD Unix
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 15 9570
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i7-8750H 8th Gen Processor 2.2Ghz up to 4.1Ghz
    Motherboard
    Dell XPS 15 9570
    Memory
    32GB using 2x16GB modules
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel UHD 630 & NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB DDR5
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC3266-CG
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6" 4K Touch UltraHD 3840x2160 made by Sharp
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba KXG60ZNV1T02 NVMe 1024GB/1TB SSD
    PSU
    Dell XPS 15 9570
    Case
    Dell XPS 15 9570
    Cooling
    Stock
    Keyboard
    Stock
    Mouse
    SwitftPoint ProPoint
    Internet Speed
    Comcast/XFinity 1.44Gbps/42.5Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft EDGE (Chromium based) & Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender that came with Windows
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