Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: W7 x-64 runs fine as a VM on Windows XP

31 May 2009   #1

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
W7 x-64 runs fine as a VM on Windows XP

Hi all
provided your machine can run a 64 bit Guest virtual machine you can actually run very successfully a Windows 7 X-64 bit Virtual machine on Windows XP.

The drawback is that since the XP machine will only see 4GB of RAM the maximum size of RAM you can allocate for your Windows 7 virtual machine will be somewhere around 2.90GB.

However for testing various builds of Windows 7 with different AV software etc this is an OK testing frame if you are still using XP and don't want to dual boot.

It's good also for testing a lot of USB devices as well -- sometimes the usb device doesn't actually work on a Windows 7 HOST machine but since the USB interfaces are pretty well complete on an XP host you can see how the device works on Windows 7 as in this case the usb driver will be fine.

So don't throw away your XP machine just yet - especially if your machine has 4GB or less of RAM. You can still do a lot of testing on Windows 7 x-64 BEFORE committing yourself.


My System SpecsSystem Spec


 W7 x-64 runs fine as a VM on Windows XP

Thread Tools

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:49 PM.
Twitter Facebook Google+

Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33