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29 May 2013   #1

Windows 7 x64 Home Edition
 
 
Windows 7 Virtual PC problems.

Hey everyone I have run into a wall with something in particular to Virtual PC, I have come to find out XP mode only works with Professional and higher. So that strikes virtual PC out of the question. I have a program that only runs in Windows XP and lower but I have no clue what other things I can do without having to pay to upgrade my windows to professional.

Anyone have an idea's on what I can do?

Thanks.

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29 May 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Nick,

That's true that the Windows XP Mode option is only available for Windows 7 Pro and above, but you could still create a XP virtual machine using any virtual machine program or with Windows Virtual PC like below. You don't have to have Windows XP Mode to have a XP virtual machine. You would just need your XP installation media and product key to use to install it in the virtual machine.
Windows Virtual PC - Create Virtual Machine
Hope this helps.
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29 May 2013   #3

Windows 7 x64 Home Edition
 
 

Yea that's the problem I don't have an XP disc nor a key, I may actually have a restore disc that has xp on it but it is for a Dell Dimension desktop and I don't think it would work out very well.
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29 May 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Yeah, that wouldn't work. It would only install and activate on that specific Dell since it's permanently tied to it's motherboard.
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29 May 2013   #5

Windows 7 x64 Home Edition
 
 

Other than that I am not too sure what to do : [ it's probably next to impossible to find one this day and age.
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29 May 2013   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

If you had a TechNet or MSDN subscription, you could legally download XP with a key there.

I wouldn't trust any online retailers since XP is no longer legally sold online anymore.
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30 May 2013   #7

Win 7 Pro SP1 64 Bit
 
 

There is also Virtual Box which is real easy to work with.

https://www.virtualbox.org/
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30 May 2013   #8

Windows 7 x64 Home Edition
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gary View Post
There is also Virtual Box which is real easy to work with.

https://www.virtualbox.org/
For the virtual box would as well have to install Windows XP?
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30 May 2013   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

How about a different approach.

Create a VHD from your XP installation (e.g. with Disk2VHD) and then run the XP from the VHD.

I have never done that myself because I never owned an XP, but it would be an interesting project.
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30 May 2013   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Swifty View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gary View Post
There is also Virtual Box which is real easy to work with.

https://www.virtualbox.org/
For the virtual box would as well have to install Windows XP?
Yes, you would have to install and activate XP in it as well.
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