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Windows 7: Windows XP Mode - Install and Setup

26 May 2011   #260
ltmcmullen

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 
Am I Getting This Right?

So, am I getting this right? According to the system requirements posted here, I will not be able to run XP mode on my Windows 7 Home Premium machine?

Im running an Acer Aspire 5334-2598. When I purchased the Notebook Windows 7 Home Premium was installed.


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26 May 2011   #261
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Itmcmullen, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yes, that would be correct. You will need to have Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate installed to be able to install XP Mode.

However, if you have a XP ISO file (or create a ISO from a XP installation disc), you could use it to create a virtual machine with using the free program VMWare Player.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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26 May 2011   #262
ltmcmullen

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

So, to create the ISO I need to have the installation CD? Well, I have an old desktop (or paper weight if you wanna call it that) that has XP on it. Unfortunately, I no longer have the install discs. Is there a way I can lift it (the ISO) from that PC and put it on my notebook (i.e. flash drive, e-mail, or network)?
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26 May 2011   #263
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Itmcmullen,

Normally you would need to have the installation disc to use with a free program like ImgBurn or ISODisk to create a ISO file of it.

I'm afraid that I'm not sure how to do so from an installed XP though. Do you have a friend that has a XP installation disc that is the same edition for your product key number that you could borrow to create a ISO file from?
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30 May 2011   #264
poppa bear

Win7 Ultimate 64bit Retail
 
 

Hi Shawn,

Not sure how familiar you are with Acronis application, but I wanted to be able to make a back-up Acronis image of the Virtual XP disc. However, Acronis does not list the Virtual XP disc as a separate entity in the disc back-up options.

I already have an Acronis image of the active partition containing Windows 7 with all programs loaded, and it is possible to make a new image of the Windows 7 active partition which contains Virtual XP. However, it becomes quite large and unwieldly in terms of storage space and reload time.

One option in Acronis is to make an image of My Data, in which Virtual XP only is saved. The Acronis selection window pic shown below is from the pathway: C:\Users\Bernard\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC and includes all the sub-folders.



Windows XP Mode - Install and Setup-acronis-window.png


Acronis will restore those folders exactly as shown but I don't know if it also saves the necessary registry entries, etc, that are needed to make Virtual XP run.

As I said earlier, I don't know how familiar you are with Acronis, but my question is: If I reload a fully operational installation of Windows 7 from an Acronis image, and then restore the Windows Virtual PC folder to it's original location from a 2nd Acronis, would that enable Virtual XP to run?

Alternatively, after reloading Windows 7 from the Acronis image, should I first run the Virtual XP installation file, and KB update; and then restore the Virtual XP Acronis image, which will overwrite the existing one.

I realize this is a fairly big ask to expect you to be that familiar with Acronis, but if you can help it would be appreciated. Otherwise I'll just do it by trial and error.

Thanks in anticipation. Bernie


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30 May 2011   #265
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Bernie,

I'm afraid that it's been a long time since I used Acronis. I usually just copy these virtual machines files below into a folder on a separate drive as a backup. I just copy them back to the exact same locations to restore them with Windows Virtual PC already installed first.

Windows XP Mode - Install and Setup-vms.jpgWindows XP Mode - Install and Setup-shortcut.jpg


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30 May 2011   #266
poppa bear

Win7 Ultimate 64bit Retail
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Bernie,

I'm afraid that it's been a long time since I used Acronis. I usually just copy these virtual machines files below into a folder on a separate drive as a backup. I just copy them back to the exact same locations to restore them with Windows Virtual PC already installed first.
Thank you Shawn for that input. That seems like a much simpler and more efficient way to go.

The main reason I want a back up is not so much for the Virtual XP Program itself, but to avoid having to re-load all the 3rd party applications installed in Virtual XP, such as Avast Anti-Virus, Glary Utlities, etc? Would those files you have selected include the 3rd party applications?

Also, if I uninstall an application on Virtual XP which is also loaded in Windows 7, using Revo Uninstaller, which cleans the registry, would this affect the registry for the Windows 7 application of the same program?
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30 May 2011   #267
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Those files will include everything in the XP virtual machine. You would also want to backup this hidden folder below from the Start Menu to keep all of the shortcuts from programs installed in the XP virtual machine.

C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Virtual PC\Windows XP Mode Applications

The Revo Uninstaller should only affect the virtual XP's registry. However, uninstalling a program in XP mode should also remove it's shortcut in the Windows XP Mode Applications folder in the Windows 7 Start Menu as well.
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30 May 2011   #268
poppa bear

Win7 Ultimate 64bit Retail
 
 

Many thanks Shawn for that information, and the RAPID REPLY! Wow! I'm blown away! I honestly don't know how you keep up with all the posts, and would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all your hard work in making this such a great forum ... a view which I'm sure would be shared by the multitude of grateful members and visitors. Cheers Bernie
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30 May 2011   #269
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome Bernie. Thank you.
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