How To Install Windows XP Mode In Windows 7

Windows XP Mode allows Windows 7 users to run Windows XP compatible applications in Windows 7. The main different between the Windows XP Mode and other software virtualization applications like Sun’s VirtualBox is that XP Mode seamlessly integrates into Windows 7. Microsoft is aiming at day to day users who need to run XP compatible software programs that do not work correctly in either Windows Vista or Windows 7 natively.

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A typical virtual environment runs from its own virtual hard drive space. The Windows XP Mode on the other hand will share the hard drive and permissions with Windows 7 including

• Clipboard sharing, which enables you to cut, copy, and paste data between the host Windows 7 desktop and the virtual machine
• Printer sharing between the Windows 7 desktop and the virtual Windows environment
• Drive sharing, which provides easy access to all host data from within the virtual machine
• Folder integration between operating environments

Here is a quick overview on how to install Windows XP Mode in Windows 7.

The requirements to run Windows XP Mode according to Microsoft:

• 1 GHz 32bit or 64bit processor or better
• CPU w/ AMD-VTM or Intel® VT features turned on
• 2 GB of memory recommended
• Additional 15GB of hard disk space per virtual Windows environment recommended

  • You need to make sure that the processor is supporting hardware virtualization and that this feature is enabled in the computer’s Bios (read hardware virtualization check for more information).
  • Visit Microsoft’s Virtual PC Download page and download both Windows Virtual PC Beta and Windows XP Mode Beta
  • Install Windows Virtual PC Beta if it is not installed already
  • Install Windows XP Mode Beta. This is not the default installation that XP users might remember. It basically consists of a Wizard guiding the user through a series of options and settings.

The set-up process for Virtual Windows XP will take several minutes. During this time you will be asked to accept the Windows XP License Agreement, as well as to create a new password and whether or not to receive Automatic Updates.

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Once the process is complete, you will see your new Virtual Windows XP environment as a window on your Windows 7 desktop.

You can now install applications in that Windows by accessing them on a local hard drive or optical drive. They can then be accessed from the Windows XP start menu, desktop or hard drives.

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8 Responses to How To Install Windows XP Mode In Windows 7

  1. Larry Flowers May 7, 2009 at 1:36 pm #

    Is there a way to add Vista SP1 to Windows Virtual PC on Windows 7 RC? I know how to do this in Virtual PC 2007 and I have installed the XP SP3 into the Windows Virtual PC, but I can figure out how to run the Vista iso file in Windows Virtual PC.

    • Albert May 7, 2009 at 9:02 pm #

      It’s simple. Go to Start Menu, go to Windows Virtual PC, and open your Virtual Machines folder. Or alternatively you can click on tools in Virtual PC and open settings. In the optical drive, check the ISO option and browse for your ISO. People have told me that Vista does work in XP Mode. It even works with Windows 7 lol.

      Yep that’s it, if you need more help let me know

    • Best Registry Cleaner November 27, 2010 at 2:51 am #

      XP mode is worthless it can’t even play a video with audio in sync.

  2. yolarrydabomb May 7, 2009 at 6:06 pm #

    is there anyway I can use 3D pinball..IE6 and other stuff of xp on there?

    • Albert May 7, 2009 at 9:04 pm #

      Should be possible. Check out this video if you want a visual aid:

      You just copy a shortcut of the app, then right click Start menu, open all users, click on Programs folder, and put the app in there

  3. kjdoug May 7, 2009 at 11:25 pm #

    XP mode is worthless it can’t even play a video with audio in sync and it will only allow you to use the crappy old S3 video drivers that came with it..i wanna use my nvidia card..not that old crap!!!

  4. KaZaN van Hyena September 1, 2009 at 7:13 pm #

    Is this the way to run older apps that in XP x86 runs correct and in Vista x64 NO CHANCE (typically DOS 16 bit apps)? Is the right way use Win7x64 and XP mode? Or are we definitely cut off with these old often good stuff? I am not talking bot DOS Games (o; but some business oriented apps which has no modern substitute or have but very expensive )o:

  5. Delfel November 21, 2011 at 11:44 pm #

    When I try to get quick overview of HOW TO INSTALL WINDOWS xP MODE IN WINDOWS7, I get
    an intruption of the BlackBerry Cell Phone Commercial.  How may I get the instructions? 

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