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Windows 7: Windows XP mode - how to download and install?

13 Sep 2011   #1

Windows XP mode - how to download and install?

How would I install the Windows XP mode in Windows 7 Pro 64 bit? It is an upgrade version (clean install).

Is this the official download page? :
Download Windows XP Mode

For steps 2 and 3 it is constantly giving me a download like to WindowsActivationUpdate.exe, even though I have downloaded an ran the file.

I can not figure out how to download the 500MB file. Is it because I only have an upgrade version and not a retail? What else do I need? In the control panel my OS claims it is Genuine. I paid good money for this shitty OS and I want all of my features to work.

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13 Sep 2011   #2

Win 7 Ultimate x64 desktop, Win 8.1.1 x64 laptop, Win 7 Home x64 netbook, Win 8.1.1 x64 tablet

Are you using IE to do the download? I don't think I have ever gotten it to work with any other browser. It's first attempting to verify that your Win 7 is genuine then it will allow you to download.

Hmmm... I just tried it from FireFox and the Windows validation passed so that's not the issue. Is your installed version of Win 7 activated? (Nevermind, I see where you said it says it is genuine in the CP).
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13 Sep 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello ABC190,

The tutorial below may be able to help show you how to. Please let us know if you have any questions or problems.

Windows XP Mode - Install and Setup

Hope this helps,
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13 Sep 2011   #4


I just tried it in IE. It keeps asking me to validate Windows. I have no idea how to do it. I assumed entering my CD key after installation of Win 7 and the "Windows is Activate" as well as the "Guieine" crap in the lower left corner of the System Properties page meant I had validated my install.

If this is not the case, what else do I have to do? I am not willing to reinstall my OS. I am not playing MS's stupid games. I paid money for this junk off of MS's Digital River website, and I am not going to buy another copy to get it to work.

Windows 7 is proving to be just as shitty as XP and ME.
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13 Sep 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise


You will need to have cookies enabled to validate. You can take a look at step 3 in the tutorial link I posted above for more on this to help.
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