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Windows 7: Can I run XP inside of Windows 7 with "Virtualbox"?

19 Jul 2010   #1
Just William

Windows 7 Home
 
 
Can I run XP inside of Windows 7 with "Virtualbox"?

I asked the 'Dual Boot' question a while ago. I am not sure whether I have Raid or Sata so did not proceed.
However I have just discovered "Virtualbox" which claims to allow me to run XP inside of W7.
Anybody know about this? Does it work? Is is better or easier than a true dual-boot?

Just William


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19 Jul 2010   #2
huisinro

windows 7
 
 

you need to install our plugin, VMLite XP Mode Plugin for virtualbox, otherwise XP Mode won't keep activated, i.e., you will be able to only use about 30 days of xp mode if you use only VirtualBox.

VMLite XP Mode Plugin for VirtualBox released - VMLite
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19 Jul 2010   #3
JonM33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Just William View Post
I asked the 'Dual Boot' question a while ago. I am not sure whether I have Raid or Sata so did not proceed.
However I have just discovered "Virtualbox" which claims to allow me to run XP inside of W7.
Anybody know about this? Does it work? Is is better or easier than a true dual-boot?

Just William
Yes, it will work without a problem. It also has Fullscreen Mode so that it displays full screen. VirtualBox is one of the most useful (and free) programs I have ever used.
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19 Jul 2010   #4
Kari

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JonM33 View Post
Yes, it will work without a problem. It also has Fullscreen Mode so that it displays full screen. VirtualBox is one of the most useful (and free) programs I have ever used.
+1. You have no problems installing and using XP in VirtualBox, as far as you have valid installation media.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by huisinro View Post
you need to install our plugin, VMLite XP Mode Plugin for virtualbox, otherwise XP Mode won't keep activated, i.e., you will be able to only use about 30 days of xp mode if you use only VirtualBox.
To my knowledge Microsoft does allow use of the XP Mode only in its own Virtual PC platform. If the user wants to install XP to any other platform, he / she needs to have a valid XP license.

Could you please tell me does VMLite have Microsoft's official permission to use XP Mode vhd the way this VirtualBox plugin does? If yes, where and how can I verify this?

Kari
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19 Jul 2010   #5
huisinro

windows 7
 
 

Microsoft does not state that you can only use XP mode with VPC, so as long as users use it on Windows 7 Professional and above, it's legal.
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19 Jul 2010   #6
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Not only can you use VirtualBox to run XP from Win 7 but I have also used it to run Win 7 from XP, Win 7 from Win 2003 Server and Win 7 from Mac OS X. I haven't tried it but you should also be able to use VirtualBox to run Win 7 from a Linux distro like Ubuntu.
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19 Jul 2010   #7
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Let's see One custom install of XP Home edition, Vista, ubuntu, Mint 9, Puppy 5.0, SUSe 32bit/64bit 7 RCs since last year as well as recently on the new build in the Oracle Virtual Box.

The VM Lite Workstation will allow you to run the XP Mode when your hardwares lack support for the MS Virtual PC. In fact that will automatically download and install the XP Mode for you if you don't already have the XP Mode's VHD present on the system to select when browsing for it.
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19 Jul 2010   #8
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by huisinro View Post
you need to install our plugin, VMLite XP Mode Plugin for virtualbox, otherwise XP Mode won't keep activated, i.e., you will be able to only use about 30 days of xp mode if you use only VirtualBox.

VMLite XP Mode Plugin for VirtualBox released - VMLite

The other option is to use VMWare Player 3.0...which will allow you to convert Windows XP Mode and keep it activated. That's the product that I use.
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19 Jul 2010   #9
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

The download for that is the free trial version you sign up for at https://www.vmware.com/tryvmware/?p=player&lp=1

The free VM Lite Workstation is available at Download - VMLite Products

I'm presently giving both a run on an old Socket A single core XP build with only 1gb of memory installed where I have been running some compatibily tests for the temp 32bit 7 install. Have to see how this one goes.

Well there you have it! The VM Lite Workstation has successfully downloaded, initialized, mounted, and is running the XP Mode on the following hardwares.

cpu = AMD XP3000+ 2.067ghz
memory= 2x 512mb PC2700 DDR333
main board = Asus A7V600-X
Storage = 80gb WD ide hard drive
Optical(dvd previously installed failed - install of 7 by usb key) = cd-r/rw 12x(until replaced?)

The last screen shows the advantage of the XP Mode's one item integrated components having direct access to the host's main drive.


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20 Jul 2010   #10
huisinro

windows 7
 
 

Thanks. We will release a new version soon for VMLite.

Here are the main new features:

1) USB Device Support

Add native support for USB devices, such as USB Flash drives, USB Printer and scanners, USB webcams, iPhone, etc.
Support OHCI and EHCI, USB 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0

(2) Single Virtual Application Mode - taskbar and system tray integration

When a user starts vm applications from host Start menu, the applications will be put into this mode. Only these applications
are displayed on the screen, and seamlessly integrated with host taskbar and system tray. This is very similar to Microsoft's virtual application
mode.

(3) Allow two or more people to share the same physical computer by running separate virtual machines on separate monitors,
USB keyboards and USB mouses.

(4) VMLite Portable - runs from USB flash drives or external hard disks. We will offer a paid version installed on 16-G flash drives, along with a VBoot Linux.

More can be found here:

Changes for upcoming VMLite Version - VMLite
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