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Windows 7: VMWare Player XP Guest on 7 Home Premium

17 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
VMWare Player XP Guest on 7 Home Premium

I'm new to VM, is there any tutorial or documentation on how to set up VMWare Player to run XP in Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit?

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17 Jan 2011   #2

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Hello rumblecat and welcome to the Forum.

You might take a look at this:

Install Windows XP Virtual PC in Windows 7 Using VMware Player - TECHRENA

Once VMware Player is installed, just think of it as another computer. You'd use the same steps to install your OS of choice (whether it be XP, Ubuntu, etc) as well as other programs, apps, anti-malware, etc. And another source of info specifically geared to VMware Player is their community forum.
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17 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

m, thanks - exactly what I was looking for.

I am assuming the process will take some time, as my XP Pro licensed install disks are from early 2003 (lots of SPs since then). Does VMware support installation from Windows XP in virtualized image format like VMLite?

Has anyone compared VMLite against VMWare Player?
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17 Jan 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

The fastest way to install is to make an ISO image from your original XP discs and install from there. Or better yet, use nlite (free download) and download SP3 for XP (from Microsoft) and then you can slipstream SP3 into your original XP media and make a new ISO file that contains Windows XP SP3...then you only have to run Windows update to catch what is left.

I've used the full slate of VM products out there. We use VMWare VSphere at work, so I'm most familiar and comfortable with the VMWare suite of products. VMLite is based off from Oracle Virtual Box, so it works and runs just like Oracle Virtual box...which I used to use quite a bit and it's a very solid product.

My vm software of choice these days is vmware player. It just does what I need it to do and I have the most familiarity with it based on what I do at work, so that's what I stick with.
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