XP Last Resort

This page try to list last version of freeware that still run on Windows XP (SP3 presumed). Many great Open Source Software also at phasing-out state (saying it may run or not tested well). Those still hang on XP (for various reason) may "surprised" their "unsupported" OS no longer supported.

List of Freeware that still works but later version has dropped XP support:

Since Java 8 XP is unsupported but will "run" anyway. Java 7 is the last officially supported for XP. [IMO basically Oracle don't intentionally or technically drop XP]

version 5.4.45 http://windows.php.net/downloads/releases/php-5.4.45-Win32-VC9-x86.zip

version 1.6.3 https://sourceforge.net/projects/grepwin/files/Archive/ Note that the last version that grep binary file and show the result is 1.5.9

version 24.7.2 available at their ftp archive,
alternatively unofficial "atom" 26.5 is the last for XP: https://www.palemoon.org/palemoon-atom.shtml

Adobe Reader (previously known as Acrobat Reader)
version 11, in security updates mode since 11.0.15 see ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/win/11.x/
note: some security update have broken component (not running on XP)

Adobe DNG Converter
version 8.3 http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/dng/win/DNGConverter_8_3.exe

Autodesk TrueView
version 2014 http://download.autodesk.com/esd/dwgtrueview/2014/SetupDWGTrueView2014_ENU_32bit.sfx.exe

Autodesk DesignReview
version 2013 http://download.autodesk.com/esd/designreview/2013/ADR/enu/SetupDesignReview2013.msi.zip

Apple QuickTime
version 7.7.6 https://secure-appldnld.apple.com/QuickTime/031-08466.20141022.Xwlnm/QuickTimeInstaller.exe

Apple iTunes
version, however Apple seems randomly release update for XP when they want. https://secure-appldnld.apple.com/itunes12/031-34002-20150916-98D32A92-5C11-11E5-80AC-C25A6DA99CB1/iTunesSetup.exe

Apple Safari
version, as well as the last for all Windows. You can use slightly updated Webkit engine from Quicktime 7.7.6's AppleApplicationSupport (ASU).

Sketch Up
version 8.0.16846 of Trimble http://dl.trimble.com/sketchup/gsu8/FW-3-0-16846-EN.exe
Sketch Up Make 2014 is the last to run on XP with Ruby 2.0 API but it is Non-Commercial-Freeware, last Ruby 1.8 API was Sketch Up Make 2013 also Non-Commercial, all Sketch Up Viewer including the latest "could run" on XP. The last Sketch Up that allow DWG import is 7.1.6860. If you want OpenStudio integration, you can use OpenStudio 1.4.0v2 or legacy OpenStudio 1.0.11 with EPlus 8.1.0009 and Radiance 4.2.2.

Apophysis 7x
version http://iweb.dl.sourceforge.net/project/apophysis7x/Old%20versions/Apophysis.7X15D.x86_amd64.zip

version 6.47, with some efforts new version can be backported https://nmap.org/dist/nmap-6.47-setup.exe

version 1.12.8 (the last 1.12.x). XP also where WinPCAP support dial up capture.

Visual Studio Express
version 2010 SP1 (its VC only target 32bit). You can get multi-target VC 2010 SP1 from WSDK 7.1 + KB2519277 (the last SDK for XP) then you can get multi-target VC 2008, ATL 8 and MFC 4.2 from WDK 7.1 (the last DDK for XP). You may also want vsyasm 1.3, masm 11, Nunit and LLVM 3.7.x (the last for XP). VS Shell Integrated still available at http://download.microsoft.com/download/D/7/0/D70CD265-3E18-41B0-AFC6-075AFA2DA631/VSIntShell.exe which you can install PTVS 2.0 and F# 2.0 CTP on it.

Other Visual C++ Compilers
Beside the VS Express 2005-2010, other compiler version can be obtained from:
.NET 1.0a SDK contain VC++ 7.0 but without STL support
.NET 1.1 SDK contain VC++ 7.1 but without STL support
VC++ 2003 Toolkit ( VC++ 7.1) support STL but only have static libraries
2003 SP2 DDK contain updated VC++ 7.1 with more feature but linked to OS msvcrt.dll
Vista SDK (WSDK 6) contain VC++ 8.0 standard edition (with cross-compilers)
WSDK 7.0 contain VC++ 9.0 standard edition
WDK 7.1 contain updated VC++ 9.0 with ATL/MFC but linked to OS msvcrt.dll
WSDK 7.1 contain VC++ 10.0 standard edition

Note: on 1.0a SDK, this installer incompatible with TabletPC because it bundle .NET 1.0, you'll need to edit the msi to remove the redist feature and assign new productcode to avoid being flagged.

version  3.4.4, and entered security fixes mode.

version 1.9.x due to compiler issue version 2.x can't run on XP

MS Security Essential
version 4.4.304. note: with PosReady disguise Virus Signatures still active probably till 2019, just make sure MSE don't upgrade to version 5 which can't run on XP. You can download virus signatures from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=121721&arch=x86

Mono .NET
version 3.2.3. This is the available build http://download.mono-project.com/archive/3.2.3/windows-installer/mono-3.2.3-gtksharp-2.12.11-win32-0.exe (partial .NET 4.5 compatible). Building Mono 4.x with MinGW and few patches may enable it to run on XP.

MS .NET framework
version 4.0.3. There many misconception of "the other .NET 4.x also supported" which is wrong. So if there are apps claim to be XP compatible but require .NET 4.5 then it won't run. In XP it's possible to install version 1.0, 1.1, 2.0 (3.5) and 4.0 side by side.

Paint dot net
version 3.5.11

version 5.2 https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=46366

version 2.8.5 The one from codeplex (2.8.60318.667) https://nuget.codeplex.com/downloads/get/1441483

version 2.76b. version 2.77 switch to python 3.5 which break XP

version 5.5.47 http://cdn.mysql.com//Downloads/MySQL-5.5/mysql-5.5.47-win32.zip

Windows Live Essential
version 14.0.8117.416. Microsoft has taken down the download but still available at archive.org. Size is 141399376.

version 12.18 for classic and 36.x for chrome-based Opera. Security updates may expected in the future.

version 1.0.x (1.0.435.46), chrome-based Opera-like browser. Like Opera classic security updates may expected.

version 7.7.1 is the last 32-bit version binaries http://files.salome-platform.org/Salome/Salome7.7.1/SALOME-7.7.1-WIN32.exe

MATLAB Compiler Runtime
version 2015aSP1 (8.5.1) http://www.mathworks.com/supportfiles/downloads/R2015a/deployment_files/R2015aSP1/installers/win32/MCR_R2015aSP1_win32_installer.exe

R-Studio (R frontend)
version 0.98.1103 listed as the last XP compatible but up to 0.99.441 seems works too.  The core R itself remain compatible with XP. http://download1.rstudio.org/RStudio-0.98.1103.exe

Bitcoin (core)
version 0.12.x

version 5.12

version 9.3.x, more of because the use of MSVC 2013 than technical issue in newer version.

version 2.0.x, later version may "run" but with reliability issue.

DB2 (Client)
version 10.1

Oracle (InstantClient)
version 11.2

version 2.3.8 the last that work with JDK 7

Elastic Search
version 2.4.x for Elastic Search and Logstash, 1.3.x for *beat and kibana 4.6,

version 10.1.13

Erlang OTP 
version 17.5

version 8.x

List of notable discontinued Freeware that works with XP:

version 7.61 b3 with unofficial update from www.united3dartists.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=55. This is the last version and only freeware. Probably Blender by now is better but it's still a worthwhile 3d poly modeler. Made by Caligari bought by MS.

Borland TurboExplorer
version 2006 update 2, the only unrestricted freeware ever made and probably only compatible with NT 5.x (need .NET 1.1 for turbo.net versions). Consist of C++ and Delphi as well as .NET version of each.

MS Works
version 9 is the last and released as freeware. It also works well with Office Viewer

MS Expression
version 4 SP2 with most of the suite (Web, Design and Encoder) released as freeware.

MS SharePoint Designer
version 2007 SP3 is the last for XP and the last version that can be (ab)used like standalone FrontPage. Installing this also indirectly give "free" OCR software MODI, as well as picture organizer. 

3ds MAX 4 but with only modeling tool (and scripting), it's the only freeware for those with MAX familiarity. Created by discreet, now distributed by turbosquid.

KingSoft WPS
The last freeware was version 2013 and 2014 (beta3) which developed by Kingsoft.

List of notable Freeware that works with XP:

SoftMaker FreeOffice
version 2016 use machine-locked online activation thus portable version may need re-activation, version 2013 is the last that didn't (based only on name and email).

MS Office Viewer
Components are scattered across different MS Office foundation from 2003 (Word), 2007 (Excel), 2010 (PowerPoint and Access) and 2013 (Visio). Only Visio Viewer 2013 that's not compatible with XP, use older 2010 version instead.


  1. Thank you for the list. Do you happen to know any lightweight outbound (phone home) firewall for XP? Currently I'm using hosts file but the effect is system wide than per app.

    My contribution to the list for antivirus-free (or anti-antivirus :D ) XP environment:

    Sandboxie [http://www.sandboxie.com/]
    Currently (version 5.12) still support XP SP3 (though its homepage claims for Win7+)

    SuRun [https://sourceforge.net/projects/surun/]
    For paranoid or idiot-proof XP, even better than win7 UAC (more to sudo than 'run as administrator') tutorial: http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/surun.html

    1. Ga bgt pengalaman kl soal firewall bro, aku jg pake hosts file doank. Dulu sempet pake Sunbelt alias Kerio alias Tiny PF, tp cuma coba2.

  2. Any source for Softmaker 2013? Can't find any... :(

  3. Yeah, even archive.org don't have backup of http://www.softmaker.net/down/freeoffice2013.exe, I have it but I don't think can legally share it.

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