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Windows XP Mode - Install and Setup
How to Install and Setup Windows XP Mode in Windows 7 Published by Brink 01 May 2009

How to Install and Setup Windows XP Mode in Windows 7
Information Windows XP Mode is 32-bit XP Pro SP3 virtual machine. Windows XP Mode for Windows 7 makes it easy to install and run your applications for 32-bit Windows XP directly from your Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit based PC. It utilizes virtualization technology such as Windows Virtual PC to provide a Virtual Windows XP environment for Windows 7. Windows XP Mode provides only Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise users the flexibility to run many older productivity applications in a virtual Windows XP environment on a Windows 7-based PC.

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UPDATE: Windows XP Mode now accessible to more PCs - Windows 7 Team Blog - The Windows
Blog Note Windows Virtual PC (step 1 below) 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-based PC. For more detailed information about Windows Virtual PC, see Windows Virtual PC: Documentation
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Tip

To Uninstall Windows XP Mode

To Uninstall Windows Virtual PC

Open Control Panel (icons view), click on Programs and Features, and select Windows XP Mode. Open Control Panel (icons view), click on Programs and Features, click on the View installed updates link in the left pane, then select Windows Virtual PC (KB958559).

Warning

Windows Virtual PC: Requirements
1 GHz 32-bit / 64-bit processor required Memory (RAM) 1.25 GB required, 2 GB memory recommended Recommended 15 GB hard disk space per virtual Windows environment Supported host (your computer) operating system: NOTE:Windows XP Mode can only be installed on Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 7 Professional,

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NOTE:Windows XP Mode can only be installed on Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 7 Professional, and Windows 7 Ultimate. Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit or 64-bit) Windows 7 Professional (32-bit and 64-bit) Windows 7 Ultimate (32-bit and 64-bit) Windows 7 Enterprise (32-bit and 64-bit) Supported guest (virtual machine) 32-bit only 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

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EXAMPLE: Windows XP Mode

Here's How:
1. Go to the Windows Virtual PC website, select your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7 version and language. (see screenshot
below)

2. Afterwards, click on the Windows XP Mode download button in step 3 at that site. (see screenshot below)

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3. Click on Continue for Windows validation. When validation is complete, click on Continue to start the download process.
(see screenshots below) NOTE: You will need to have Windows 7 activated and cookies enabled to be able to do this.

4. Download and Install Windows XP Mode
A) Click on Save, then save the WindowsXPMode_en-us.exe file to your desktop. (see screenshot below)

B) Double click on the downloaded WindowsXPMode_en-us.exe installation file to start installing it. NOTE: The part of the name in red will vary for you depending on what language you selected (step 1). C) Click on the Next button. (see screenshot below) NOTE: If you like, you could click on Browse and select another location to save the VHD file for XP Mode to instead of the default location in the screenshot below.

D) Click on the Next button. (see screenshot below)

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E) If prompted by UAC, click on Yes. F) When Windows XP Mode is finished installing, click on the Finish button. (See screenshot below)

5. Download and Install Windows Virtual PC
A) At the Windows Virtual PC website, click on the Windows Virtual PC download button in step 3 at that site. (see screenshot below)

B) Click on Save, then save the Windows6.1-KB958559-x86-RefreshPkg.msu x64-RefreshPkg.msu file to your desktop. (see screenshot below)

or Windows6.1-KB958559-

C) Double click on the downloaded Windows6.1-KB958559-x86-RefreshPkg.msu KB958559-x64-RefreshPkg.msu file to start installing it. D) If prompted by UAC, click on Yes.

or Windows6.1-

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D) If prompted by UAC, click on Yes.

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E) Click on Yes. (see screenshot below)

F) Click on the I Accept button. (see screenshot below)

G) When it is finished, click on the Restart Now button. (see screenshot below) WARNING: This will restart your computer immediately. Be sure to save and close anything that you have open first.

H) When the computer is finished restarting, continue on to step 6 below.

6. Download and Install Windows XP Mode Update

NOTE: Enables Windows XP Mode for PCs without Hardware Assisted Virtualization Technology. For more information, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page. While the Windows XP Mode Update download may be optional for PCs with Hardware Assisted Virtualization Technology, it will not hurt anything to install it to be safe if you are not sure if you do or not. Note You will not need to download and install the Windows XP Mode Update if you have the Windows 7 SP1 installed since the SP1 already contains it. You can open winver to see if you are running Windows 7 SP1 or not. A) At the Windows Virtual PC website, click on the Windows XP Mode Update download button in step 3 at that site. (see screenshot below)

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B) Click on Save, then save the Windows6.1-KB8977206-x86.msu file to your desktop. (see screenshot below)

or Windows6.1-KB8977206-x64.msu

C) Double click on the downloaded Windows6.1-KB8977206-x86.msu x64.msu file to start installing it. D) If prompted by UAC, click on Yes. E) Click on Yes. (see screenshot below)

or Windows6.1-KB8977206-

F) When it is finished, click on the Restart Now button. (see screenshot below) WARNING: This will restart your computer immediately. Be sure to save and close anything that you have open first.

G) When the computer is finished restarting, continue on to step 7 below.

7. To Open and Run Windows XP Mode
A) Open the Start Menu, then click on All Programs, expand the Windows Virtual PC folder, and double click on the Windows XP Mode shortcut. (see screenshot below)

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8. Check the I accept box, then click on the Next button. (see screenshot below)

9. Type in a password and type it in again to confirm it, then click on the Next button. (see screenshot below)

NOTE: If you would like to be logged on automatically whenever you open Windows XP Mode (step 7), then check the Remember credentials box.

10. Select (dot) the Help protect my computer by turning on Automatic Updates now box, then click on the Next
button. (see screenshot below)

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11. Click on the Start Setup button. (see screenshot below)

12. You will now see this for a few moments while Windows XP Mode is being setup. (see screeshot below)

13. When setup is finished and you did not check the Remember credentials box in step 9 above, then you will need to
enter your password entered and click on OK. If you did, then skip this and continue on to step 14. (see screenshot below)

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14. The Windows XP Mode - Windows Virtual PC window will now open. You are now in Windows XP Mode. (see
screenshot below)

15. Next, be sure to install Integration Components and enable Integration Features.
NOTE: Sometimes this will be enabled for you automatically during installation.

16. Set Windows XP Mode Settings
A) In the Windows XP Mode window, click on Tools (menu bar) and Settings. (see screenshot above) B) In the left pane, select Close/Shut Down. (see screenshot below)

C) In the right pane, select (dot) Automatically close with the following action, then select Shut Down and click on OK. (see screenshot above)

17. To Close Windows XP Mode
A) Click on the X in the upper right corner of the Windows XP Mode window like you would any other window in Windows 7. (see screenshot below step 19)

OR
B) In the Windows XP Mode window, click on Action (menu bar) and Close. (see screenshot below step 19)

19. Installing a Program in Windows XP Mode

NOTE: You would install a program in Virtual Windows XP just like you would in Windows 7 with the same access to everything in Windows 7. For example, hard drives, DVD drives, USB drives, Windows 7 folders and files, etc..... A) After you have installed any program (ex: CCleaner) in Windows XP Mode, you will notice that there will now also be a shortcut to it in the Windows 7 Start Menu in the Windows XP Mode Applications folder under Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode. (see screenshot below) NOTE: Double clicking on the program's shortcut (ex: CCleaner) in the Windows 7 Start Menu when Windows XP Mode is closed will open and run the program in Windows 7 but as if it you were running it in Windows XP Mode. You could also move or copy this Windows XP Mode Applications shortcut where you like in Windows 7 for easy use.

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That's it, Shawn

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Dinesh
Good job Shawn.
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Night Hawk
Glad to see you got this one wrapped up. It looks real good and a good reference as well.
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