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Windows 7: Virtual PC and XP Mode

15 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 
Virtual PC and XP Mode

We all know that XP Mode is availavle only for Win 7 Pro and Ultimate.

There is a tutorial from another website ( a wel-known site ) posting a method to instal XP Mode in Windows 7 Home Premium, as well as in Vista.

My question :
Is it legal ?
Will there be adverse effect employing that method ?

t-4-2


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15 May 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by t-4-2 View Post
We all know that XP Mode is availavle only for Win 7 Pro and Ultimate.

There is a tutorial from another website ( a wel-known site ) posting a method to instal XP Mode in Windows 7 Home Premium, as well as in Vista.

My question :
Is it legal ?
Will there be adverse effect employing that method ?

t-4-2
The only way to run XP mode in Windows 7 home Premium and Windows Vista is by doing some modding and running it in Virtualbox (or vmlite) but doing that is illegal because only userrs of Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate are licensed for using XP Mode.
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15 May 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 




NO, it's not legal. It violatates the EULA for XP Mode to use it any other Windows 7 edition or VM program than Windows Virtual PC.
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15 May 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 

Thank you.

I figure it cannot be legal.

That aside, how would Microsoft know if someone had done it ?
Would the computer experience issues because of an illegal installation ?

t-4-2
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15 May 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

They would know through activation, and it would get marked as non-genuine eventually.

Afterwards, the MS police would come knock your door down and seize your computer and torture you a bit.
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15 May 2012   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Technically, if you use special hacktivation methods, they won't know but just do the right thing and buy a copy of Windwos 7 Pro Enterprise or Ultimate. Honestly, XP Mod isn't that great. Just buy your self a copy of XP Pro and install it in Virtualbox. You will be a lot happier.
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15 May 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windude99 View Post
Technically, if you use special hacktivation methods, they won't know but just do the right thing and buy a copy of Windwos 7 Pro Enterprise or Ultimate. Honestly, XP Mod isn't that great. Just buy your self a copy of XP Pro and install it in Virtualbox. You will be a lot happier.
I have no intention of using XP mode.
I raised the question because I saw someone posting the illegal method in another MS forum.

t-4-2
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15 May 2012   #8

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Alright lets clear up some confusion. IT IS ABSOLUTELY LEGAL. To run XP Mode on Windows Home. The difference, you need to use your own copy of Windows XP or Windows Vista or Windows 7 as the guest system. You have to install it yourself and set it up. But the function of XP Mode is actually a feature of Virtual PC.

The XP Mode you get from Microsoft is just a pre-compiled image of Windows XP, if you have your own you can set it up just like it. This is completely legal and within the EULA. Honestly I think we need to stop calling the image you get from Microsoft "XP Mode" to avoid confusion. Granted Microsoft themselves call it that...
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15 May 2012   #9
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Sorry, but I as well as Microsoft would have to disagree with you on that about it being legal to use XP Mode on any Windows 7 edition than Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate.


I completely agree that using your own licensed copy of XP and it's product key number to create a virtual machine with is perfectly legal and permissible in any edition of Windows, but that's not XP Mode.


XP Mode is a fully licensed version of XP that runs in the Microsoft Windows Virtual PC environment from the pre-setup VHD provided for free to customers with a licensed copy of Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate edition. Any modifcations to allow XP Mode to run or be activated on any copy of Windows 7 other than Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate is a violation of the EULA and is considered to be the same as piracy.




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16 May 2012   #10

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Sorry, but I as well as Microsoft would have to disagree with you on that about it being legal to use XP Mode on any Windows 7 edition than Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate.
See this is why we need to call it something else besides XP Mode. Because it is also the feature of Virtual PC not just the image Microsoft provides.
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