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27 Jan 2012  
Kari

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Can be I am misunderstanding something here, but to be sure I would like to remind you that XP Mode does not need any XP licence or product key. It is a fully working XP Pro SP3 virtual machine, free to install and use on Windows 7 Pro, Ultimate and Enterprise editions on Microsoft Virtual PC.

If you instead of free XP Mode want to install XP from your own install media, then you need a licence. However, there's nothing to gain regarding performance, so there's simply no reason not to use completely free, licenced XP Mode.

Kari
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