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Windows 7: Using the XP Mode in VirtualBox

24 Feb 2010   #1
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Using the XP Mode in VirtualBox

I installed VirtualBox yesterday, and now have decided I don't want Windows Virtual PC anymore. I want to have a virtual XP machine in VirtualBox instead.

Is there any way to convert the XP Mode file provided by Microsoft to a format usable by Virtual Box?


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24 Feb 2010   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If that is an .iso of XP, the answer is yes. Instructions are here - don't get confused by the W7 title. Works just as well for XP, Vista, Ubuntu or any other.
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24 Feb 2010   #3
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Unfortunately not. It is not an ISO, just an installer from MS. I do not want to have to pay for a copy, just use the one Microsoft provides for Professional and Ultimate users.

Download Windows XP Mode
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24 Feb 2010   #4
huisinro

windows 7
 
 

you can install the following plugin to use Microsoft XP Mode vhd file inside vbox:

http://www.sevenforums.com/virtualiz...-released.html
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24 Feb 2010   #5
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Thank you. Looks like that will work.
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24 Feb 2010   #6
cclloyd9785

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64
 
 

Do what I did.

1. Download Windows XP mode from the microsoft site
2. Using WinRAR, extract the exe file
3. rename xpm. to xpm.rar
4. extract the file with VHD in the name and the file named KEY
5. Rename key to a txt file so you can get the key
6. Rename the VHD to .vdi and it will load in VirtualBox.

When you startup, it will work a bit as it still sets up the intergration components of Windows Virtual PC. After you can log in, I suggest you install Guest additions.
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25 Feb 2010   #7
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I guess the VMlite didn't work. Now XP Mode is asking me to activate. Any way to get around this legally?
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25 Feb 2010   #8
huisinro

windows 7
 
 

If you install vmlite plugin, it should auto activate.
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25 Feb 2010   #9
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Not sure what happened the first time. I installed the vmlite plugin, then uninstalled it. I then booted up the machine in VirtualBox, and it asked me to activate.

I did the exact same thing this time, and it's not asking me to activate/
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25 Feb 2010   #10
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cclloyd9785 View Post
Do what I did.

1. Download Windows XP mode from the microsoft site
2. Using WinRAR, extract the exe file
3. rename xpm. to xpm.rar
4. extract the file with VHD in the name and the file named KEY
5. Rename key to a txt file so you can get the key
6. Rename the VHD to .vdi and it will load in VirtualBox.

When you startup, it will work a bit as it still sets up the intergration components of Windows Virtual PC. After you can log in, I suggest you install Guest additions.
Well, I just got the activation notice. Thanks to this solution, I now have the key. Thank you!
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