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Windows 7: best installation for XP mode


24 Apr 2012   #1

windows 7 64bit build 7600
 
 
best installation for XP mode

hi hope this is the right section for this

ive just done a fresh install of 7 this has gone onto a ssd and its only about 100GB in size, i want to install XP mode but dont want it on my ssd as i dont want it taking up the space, is it possible to install it on another non OS hdd?

thanks


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24 Apr 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

I'm not 100% certain, but I don't think you can.

As you know, XP Mode installs under Virtual PC and as far as I'm aware, Virtual PC doesn't give you a choice as to where you install it as defaults to your Windows drive, which in your case will be your SSD.

To be fair, Virtual PC and XP Mode don't take up too much drive space and I would have thought that a 100 GB SSD is sufficient for your needs.

Windows Virtual PC: Home Page

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/w...e-in-windows-7
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24 Apr 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Max,

At step 4D in the tutorial below, you have the option to click on Browse and select where you want to install the XP VHD file at. Everything else will install on the C: drive though.

Windows XP Mode - Install and Setup

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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24 Apr 2012   #4

windows 7 64bit build 7600
 
 

thankyou for the replys

is the XP VHD file the file that grows in size as things are saved in XP mode?
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24 Apr 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Yep. The VHD file is the virtual hard disk drive that XP runs from.
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24 Apr 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I would suggest downloading and install XP Mode, but then using VMWare Player instead. It can convert your XP Mode from the MS format into the VMWare format. And with VMWare, you can put the file wherever you want it. And VMWare Player is a free download too.
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24 Apr 2012   #7

windows 7 64bit build 7600
 
 

thanks again Brink, cant plus rep you anymore i need to spread it around it seems

thanks pparks1 not heard of VMWare before i will have a looksy
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24 Apr 2012   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Max.
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24 May 2012   #9

windows 7 64bit build 7600
 
 

is it possible to have the XP mode.vhd saved in an other place rather than the C drive?

im usind a ssd drive and its not that big, my xp mode.vhd is already at 5gb and i havent been using it that long.
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24 May 2012   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Max,

Yes, but you can only do so at step 4D in the tutorial when you are installing XP Mode to specify where you want the VHD.

If it's already installed, then you will need to uninstall it, and do it again but being sure to specify where this time round.
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