Encarta was a popular digital encyclopedia created by Microsoft that contained articles, images, videos, and interactive features on various topics. It was discontinued in 2009, but you can still find some versions of it online. If you have a Windows XP computer and want to download Encarta for free, here are some steps you can follow:
Go to the Internet Archive website and search for \"Encarta\". You will see several results for different editions and languages of Encarta.
Choose the one that suits your needs and preferences. For example, if you want the English version of Encarta 2005 Reference Library, you can click on the link that says \"MS Encarta 2005 1 by Microsoft\" [^1^].
On the page that opens, you will see a download button that says \"ISO IMAGE\". Click on it and save the file to your computer.
Repeat the same process for the second disk of Encarta 2005 Reference Library, which you can find on another link that says \"MS Encarta 2005 2 by Microsoft\" [^1^].
Once you have downloaded both files, you will need a software that can mount ISO images as virtual drives. You can use a free program like Daemon Tools Lite or Virtual CloneDrive.
Install the software and then mount the first ISO image as a virtual drive. You will see a new drive letter appear on your computer.
Open the virtual drive and run the setup.exe file. Follow the instructions to install Encarta on your computer.
When prompted, insert the second disk of Encarta 2005 Reference Library by mounting the second ISO image as another virtual drive.
Complete the installation and enjoy using Encarta on your Windows XP computer.
Note: You can also download other versions of Encarta from the Internet Archive, such as Encarta Standard 2003 [^2^] or Encarta 2009 [^3^], but they may have different installation procedures or system requirements.
What is Encarta and why is it useful
Encarta was one of the first digital encyclopedias that used multimedia elements to enhance the learning experience. It was launched in 1993 and updated annually until 2009. It had over 60,000 articles and 25,000 images, as well as videos, animations, maps, quizzes, games, and timelines. It also had a feature called Encarta Kids, which was designed for children aged 7 to 12.
Encarta was useful because it provided a comprehensive and reliable source of information on various subjects, such as history, science, geography, culture, and more. It also helped users develop their research and critical thinking skills by offering different perspectives and viewpoints on topics. It also supported multiple languages and had a dictionary and a thesaurus.
Why did Encarta stop working and how can you fix it
Encarta stopped working because Microsoft decided to discontinue it in 2009, citing the rise of online sources and the decline of CD-ROM sales. Microsoft also shut down the online version of Encarta in 2010 and removed all the content from its servers. This means that if you have an old copy of Encarta on your computer or CD-ROM, you will not be able to access the online features or updates anymore.
However, you can still use Encarta offline if you have the installation files or disks. You may need to adjust some settings or use some compatibility modes to make it work on newer versions of Windows. You may also need to install some patches or updates that were released before Encarta was discontinued. You can find some of these patches or updates on third-party websites or forums, but be careful about downloading anything from unknown sources. a474f39169