What is Windows XP Mode?
Windows XP Mode for Windows 7 makes it easy to install and run many Windows XP productivity applications directly from your Windows 7-based PC. It utilizes virtualization technology, such as Windows Virtual PC, to provide a virtual Windows XP environment for Windows 7.
What is Windows Virtual PC?
Windows Virtual PC is the latest Microsoft virtualization technology for Windows 7. It is the runtime engine for Windows XP Mode to provide a virtual Windows environment for Windows 7. With Windows Virtual PC, Windows XP Mode applications can be seen and accessed from a Windows 7 desktop.
System requirements for Windows Virtual PC：
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1 GHz 32-bit / 64-bit processor required
2GB memory or higher recommended
Recommended 15 GB hard disk space per virtual Windows environment
Note: Windows XP Mode is only available in Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 7 Professional, and Windows 7 Ultimate.
Supported guest operating system:
- Windows XP
Virtual Applications feature is supported only on Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) Professional
- Windows Vista
Virtual Applications feature is supported only on Windows Vista Enterprise and Windows Vista Ultimate
- Windows 7
Virtual Applications feature is supported only on Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate.
If the processor and the motherboard doesn't support virtual technology from Intel or AMD, please install the hotfix below to remove the hardware limits on XP mode first:
Click on the Download button on the top of the page and follow the steps to download.
In Step 2, Select the edition of Windows 7 that matches your operating system and then select your language in the right hand box. When you have finished step 2, click on the blue Windows XP Mode button in step 3 and follow the prompts to download and install. Once you have completed this, click on the second blue button, Windows Virtual PC, and again follow the prompts to download and install. Finally, click on the third blue button, Windows XP Mode Update and download and install. Because Windows Virtual PC is a system update, you will need to reboot your computer.
To set up Windows XP Mode for first use
- 1. Click the Start button , click All Programs, click Windows Virtual PC , and then click Windows XP Mode .
Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP in the list of programs
- 2. If you accept the license terms, click I accept the license terms, and then click Next.
- 3. On the Installation folder and credentials page, accept the default location where Windows XP Mode files will be stored, or choose a new location.
- 4. Type a password, type it again to confirm it, and then click Next.
- 5. On the Help protect your computer page, decide whether you want to help protect your computer by turning on automatic updates, and then click Next.
- 6. Click Start Setup.
After setup is complete, Windows XP Mode opens in a separate window.
To install and use a program in Windows XP Mode
Antivirus software isn't included with Windows XP Mode. Even if your computer running Windows 7 already has antivirus software, you should also install antivirus software in Windows XP Mode to help defend your computer against viruses.
1. In Windows 7, click the Start button ,click All Programs, click Windows Virtual PC , and then click Windows XP Mode .
2. In Windows XP Mode, insert the program's installation disc into your computer's CD/DVD drive; or browse to the program's installation file, open the file, and follow the instructions to install the program.
Installing a program in Windows XP Mode
3. Click the Close buttonat the top of the Windows XP Mode window.
4. In Windows 7, click the Start button , click Windows Virtual PC , click Windows XP Mode Applications, and then click the program you want to open.
If the Windows XP Mode window is open when you try opening a program in Windows XP Mode from Windows 7, you'll be prompted to close the virtual machine. Be sure to save any data you want to keep in Windows XP Mode before closing it.
To manage hardware environment for XP Mode
1. Press Start button, All Programs, Windows Virtual PC
2. Right click on Windows XP Mode in Windows Virtual PC, select Settings:
3. You can manage the hardware environment in Windows Virtual PC Settings:
For more details and technical support, please refer to Microsoft website from the link below: