Easily Use Windows XP Mode in Windows 7
Do you miss running Windows XP on your PC? Do you have old software that only works on Windows XP and can’t seem to find a way to run it on your current operating system. Well, have no fear, because Windows XP Mode is here!
This article will demonstrate how to run Windows XP Mode on Windows 7 enabling hassle-free usage of your preferred XP programs and apps. So, whether you’re feeling nostalgic or just need to access old software, keep reading to learn how to run Windows XP Mode on your computer.
To run Windows XP on any PC, you have two ways to do it. Either you will use Virtualization software as VMware or VirtualBox. Or you will download and use Windows XP Mode.
Windows XP Mode
1- Check your system requirements:
To run Windows XP Mode on your computer, you need to make sure your system meets the following requirements:
OS: Your computer should be running Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise. Windows XP Mode is not compatible with other versions of Windows.
Memory: Your computer should have at least 2 GB of RAM. More RAM will improve the performance of Windows XP Mode.
Hard Drive Space: Your system should have enough free hard drive space to install Windows XP Mode and related programs. The recommended minimum storage is 15 GB.
Graphics: Your computer should have a DirectX 9 capable graphics card or higher.
Processor: Your computer should have a processor capable of hardware-assisted virtualization with AMD-V or Intel VT turned on in the BIOS.
2- Enable Virtualization
Now you are going to enable Virtualization from BIOS. This one is important as without enabling this option, you won’t be able to run or use Windows XP at all.
Virtualization is a technology that allows you to create a virtual environment on your computer and run multiple OS or apps simultaneously. To enable virtualization, you need to make sure that your computer’s hardware supports it and that it is enabled in your computer’s BIOS. For more, click here to enable Virtualization.
3- Download Windows XP Mode
Go to the Microsoft site with your preferred web browser. Search for Windows XP Mode: In the search bar, type “Windows XP Mode” and press Enter. Or click here.
If you are experiencing any sort of issue with downloading Windows XP Mode then you can also use this link (Download Windows XP Mode). The download setup size will be above 450+ MB. So, you are recommended to use third party downloading applications for faster download.
4- Install Windows XP Mode on Windows 7
Once the download is complete, run the installer and follow the on-screen prompts to install Windows XP Mode on your computer.
Note: You may also need to download and install Windows Virtual PC to use Windows XP Mode. If so, follow the same steps as above to download and install Windows Virtual PC.
5- Set up XP Mode
Once Windows Virtual PC is installed, open the program and click on Create a virtual machine. Follow the prompts to set up the XP Mode virtual machine, including selecting the amount of memory and the virtual hard drive size.
Once the XP Mode virtual machine is set up, you can install any necessary XP updates and software. Simply open the XP Mode virtual machine, install the software, and then save it.
After setting up the virtual machine and installing the necessary updates and software, you can run XP Mode. Simply open Windows Virtual PC, select the XP Mode virtual machine, and click on Start.
From here on, you will simply install Windows XP.
Run Windows XP on Virtual Machine
Other option to use Windows XP on Windows 7 is using Virtual Machine. Here you are going to use third party application like VirtualBox or VMware. You will download one of these two application and do the installation on your PC.
Once the installation got completed then you will begin to download the setup file. Download Windows XP ISO setup file for virtual machine. If you have already downloaded Windows XP then you will begin to create a VM inside the VMware or VirtualBox.
Set up the VM (RAM, Storage, Processors and select the ISO file of Windows XP) according to Windows XP and begin the installation of Windows XP.
The installation of Windows XP on VirtualBox is quite easy. I have already created a guide on installing Windows XP on Virtual Machine. This will help you to do the installation.