Specifically, how do I bypass the Genuine Windows Validation? Since I’m not running Windows, I can’t pass it. I need to download WMP11 for a computer with no Internet access.
It’s for XP (I think SP2, but I just started using it and forgot to check).

I’m a student learning C and have limited knowledge of C. I will be away from internet access for extended periods and needs a way to work on program projects for school that currently interacts with Redhat Linux on the school’s Linux server. I was thinking of trying Ubuntu, but would like to get an idea of differences between the various ‘system programs’ that my programs are intended to intearct with. I think the learning experience is good to try different versions of Linux too. I would like to try ftp projects on both versions of Linux also (more for learning purposes). How differently will ftp and ‘system programs’ (like diff) behave on these two environments. How likely are simple student projects (especially ftp) to run in both environment? And, what are the key differences that I should watch out for. (I’m new to FTP.)

I wanna buy a new laptop but I can’t afford a Windows license at the very moment. So I was thinking of using some version of Linux, one that is easy to install and use, and as the title says, preferably similar to Windows.

My everyday applications will be word editing (preferably Microsoft Office but Open Office will also do…), network / LAN / Internet access, working with USB sticks etc.

Thank you for any reccomendation.