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Windows 7: Create second Windows XP Mode using BASE disk. Possible?


25 May 2012   #1

W7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Create second Windows XP Mode using BASE disk. Possible?

I installed XP Mode and played with it a bit. Now I want to start afresh. I think I can reinstall XP Mode and take it from there... However before I do...

Is it possible to create second XP Mode machine from scratch using XP Mode Base disk (like it was when I just installed it) ?

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29 May 2012   #2

W7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Wow. I thought this is the simplest and obvious question on virtualisation in Windows 7...

If you installed Windows XP Mode and then you want to have 2 or 3 different setups with different software installed on each of the XP virtual machines.. How do you create clean XP installation ?
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29 May 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Your question is rather confusing, which may explain the reluctance for people to answer you.

For a start, I'm not quite sure what you mean by a XP Mode Base disc.

Anyway, to answer your question. Your Windows 7 licence only allows you to have one copy of XP Mode on the same computer.

However, this link seems to offer a solution. Whether it's legal or not is up to you to decide.

Windows 7 XP Mode - Is it possible to have multiple XP Mode Virtual PCs? - Super User
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29 May 2012   #4

W7 Ultimate x64
 
 

the base disk: "Windows XP Mode base.vhd"

i have 10 Windows 7 Ultimate licences so I think I can afford to have 2. especially if I am going to use one at a time anyway.

let me have a look into the SO answer. it seems quite complicated.. I might decide to simply reinstall it and forget the whole story.

thanks
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29 May 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Your question is rather confusing, which may explain the reluctance for people to answer you.

For a start, I'm not quite sure what you mean by a XP Mode Base disc.

Anyway, to answer your question. Your Windows 7 licence only allows you to have one copy of XP Mode on the same computer.

However, this link seems to offer a solution. Whether it's legal or not is up to you to decide.

Windows 7 XP Mode - Is it possible to have multiple XP Mode Virtual PCs? - Super User
There is a file under C:\Program Files x86\Windows XP Mode\ and it is the base virtual hard drive that Windwos XP Mode is installed from (and you can use it in another virtual machine).
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29 May 2012   #6

W7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes I know where is the file. The question was - how exactly do I use it for another virtual machine. Could you please explain in details
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29 May 2012   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by maxima View Post
Yes I know where is the file. The question was - how exactly do I use it for another virtual machine. Could you please explain in details
My previous reply was to Seavixen32. To do what you want to do, I want to know what virtual machine software you want to run the second CP virtual machine in. You cannot have two Windows XP Mode virtual machines in Windows Virtual PC, but you could create a copy of the Windows XP Mode Base file and create a virtual machine that is linked to that (That is a long and time consuming process to do)
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29 May 2012   #8

W7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windude99 View Post
You cannot have two Windows XP Mode virtual machines in Windows Virtual PC, but you could create a copy of the Windows XP Mode Base file and create a virtual machine that is linked to that (That is a long and time consuming process to do)
Yeah I actually wanted that - copy of the base and new VM. but I am not prepared to spend hours for that. I am probably going to reinstall it. But thanks anyway
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30 May 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windude99 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Your question is rather confusing, which may explain the reluctance for people to answer you.

For a start, I'm not quite sure what you mean by a XP Mode Base disc.

Anyway, to answer your question. Your Windows 7 licence only allows you to have one copy of XP Mode on the same computer.

However, this link seems to offer a solution. Whether it's legal or not is up to you to decide.

Windows 7 XP Mode - Is it possible to have multiple XP Mode Virtual PCs? - Super User
There is a file under C:\Program Files x86\Windows XP Mode\ and it is the base virtual hard drive that Windwos XP Mode is installed from (and you can use it in another virtual machine).
Thanks for the information.

Although I've used XP Mode it's the first time I'd heard of the VHD being described in that manner.
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30 May 2012   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by maxima View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windude99 View Post
You cannot have two Windows XP Mode virtual machines in Windows Virtual PC, but you could create a copy of the Windows XP Mode Base file and create a virtual machine that is linked to that (That is a long and time consuming process to do)
Yeah I actually wanted that - copy of the base and new VM. but I am not prepared to spend hours for that. I am probably going to reinstall it. But thanks anyway
What software do you want to run the second VM in?
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