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Windows 7: Windows XP Mode - Install and Setup

01 Feb 2012   #290
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Paul Turner View Post
Hoping to install XP tomorrow. Looked on the Microsoft download site and just found this tutorial which is excellent but earlier today I found another site that says the Microsoft site is incorrect and that you should install Virtual PC first then the KB977206 update if its is required and then XP mode. Both your site and Microsoft give the order as XP mode, Virtual PC, KB977206 (if necessary) and then run XP mode to complete installation. Considering your tutorial lookes very comprehensive I cannot belive it is incorrect but maybe something has changed since it was written.

Thanks for reading this.

Paul
Hello Paul, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I've personally always installed Windows Virtual PC first then XP Mode, but you can install either one first.

Please let us know how it went for you.


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01 Feb 2012   #291
Kari

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Hi Paul, welcome to the Seven Forums.

I can of course only speak for myself but at least I have always, on every rig and every install, installed first the XP Mode, then VPC which requires reboot, and after reboot launched the second half of XP Mode installation by launching it from Start Menu.

Kari
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01 Feb 2012   #292
Paul Turner

Win 7 pro 64
 
 

Still confused, 2 answers, both different but both saying their method works. Really confused by Brinks answer since its opposite to what is written in the tutorial whereas Kari repeats what is in the tutorial.

What can go wrong if I do it in the wrong order, don't want to have to format and re-install Win 7.
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01 Feb 2012   #293
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Paul, read Brink's answer once again:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
I've personally always installed Windows Virtual PC first then XP Mode, but you can install either one first.
Like we say in Finnish, some men like mothers, some other daughters meaning both ways are OK, do as you please.

You can not harm your PC or VPC / XP Mode installation whichever approach you choose. I simply do the XP Mode install always first because it does not require reboot. VPC install requires reboot and I like to be "done" at that phase so after reboot I can just launch XP Mode from Start Menu to let it finish installation and start first time.

Kari
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01 Feb 2012   #294
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Paul Turner View Post
Still confused, 2 answers, both different but both saying their method works. Really confused by Brinks answer since its opposite to what is written in the tutorial whereas Kari repeats what is in the tutorial.

What can go wrong if I do it in the wrong order, don't want to have to format and re-install Win 7.
I just used what was officially instructed on how to at Microsoft in the tutorial, but you can install either one first. It really doesn't matter.
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04 Feb 2012   #295
Paul Turner

Win 7 pro 64
 
 

Installed as per tutorial and working fine. Only snags were internet connection crashed when it was checking validity of my copy of windows and I was surprised when I had to install Avast Free for every user.

Question regarding memory. Virtual PC has been allocated 512 mb which does not appear much to me. Machine had 4gb and my question is should I fit more memory before I consider increasing the 512mb or would it be OK to increase it now.

Thanks.

Paul
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04 Feb 2012   #296
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Try increasing the RAM allocated to XP Mode to 1GB.

I don't see any need to buy more RAM unless you want increased performance from your host computer.
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03 Apr 2012   #297
boscru

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Just a quick question on XP mode. When you go into XP mode does XP delete the restore points in Windows 7 as it does in a dual boot setup?
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03 Apr 2012   #298
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Boscru,

No, that was only for when dual booting with XP instead.

System Restore Points - Stop XP Dual Boot Delete - Vista Forums
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04 Apr 2012   #299
Ex_Brit

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)
 
 

I echo Shawn, no it doesn't effect restore points the way a dual boot might.
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