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Windows 7: What exactly is virtual XP?

05 Sep 2012   #1
dunkinidaho

windows 7 prof 64bit
 
 
What exactly is virtual XP?

Just installing 7 professional and want to also install XP so I can run an old 32bit program on the same machine. What exactly is virtual XP and where and how is it installed? Is it downloaded or installed from an XP disc?

thanks

brian


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05 Sep 2012   #2
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I believe you have to get it from Microsoft's website. What you want to search for is XP Mode. It will download two components, one being the virtual machine software and one being the actual virtual machine. Then you'll have a shortcut to run a version of XP that runs within a window, without rebooting your system.
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05 Sep 2012   #3
JonathanV

Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 32-bit Build 7601
 
 

Hello dunkinidaho, welcome to Seven Forums.

I see you have Windows 7 Professional. This edition of Windows 7 supports Windows XP Mode.
Windows Virtual PC: Home Page

WARNING: Your PC must run genuine Windows 7 before downloading Windows XP Mode. Which your copy of Windows must be activated, validated and is not counterfeit. For more information, see Genuine Microsoft Software
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05 Sep 2012   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Why are you giving him a warning about activation when yours isn`t even activated ?

Brian, did you try installing the program on 7 yet ?
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05 Sep 2012   #5
dunkinidaho

windows 7 prof 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Why are you giving him a warning about activation when yours isn`t even activated ?

Brian, did you try installing the program on 7 yet ?

My upgraded laptop will have windows 7 pro loaded in 4-5 days. It will be a full install from disc, and I will own the disc.

The program is Family Tree Maker 16 a genealogy program that only works on 32bit. It will load in Compatibility Mode in windows 7 home premium but I've read about problems doing it that way. It just seemed simpler to install onto virtual XP.

Brian
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05 Sep 2012   #6
dunkinidaho

windows 7 prof 64bit
 
 
what exactly is virtual XP

Thanks everyone for the help. I think I have my answer

brian
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