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However, it’s only available for Windows 7 Professional and above, leaving Home Edition and Vista users out of luck. Today we’ll show you how to create your own XP Mode to run on Vista or Windows 7 Home Premium. How does this work? Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows Vista are not licensed to run the free XP Mode download from Microsoft. In fact, if you select Home Premium on the XP Mode download site, you will see the following message:
Last week we showed you how VMware Player could help you run XP Mode without hardware virtualization. Even VMware Player doesn’t have a link to import XP Mode if you’re computer is running 7 Home Premium or Vista.
However, if you have a legal copy of Windows XP, then you can easily recreate XP Mode with the free VMware Player. This article will show you how quick and easy it is to get a virtual copy of XP running on any computer, even if it’s running 7 Home Premium or Windows Vista. Getting Started First, download and install VMware Player (link below). It is a free download, but requires registration.
You may see some prompts about installing drivers; simply approve them. We didn’t see them on our latest test, but have in the past. When you are finished installing VMware Player, you will have to restart your computer.
Create your own XP Mode Once your computer is rebooted, start up VMware Player and insert your Windows XP CD in your CD drive. In this example we used a copy of Windows XP Professional, but it would work the same with any edition of XP. In VMware Player, click the link at the top that says “Create a New Virtual Machine.”
.VMware automatically detects your Windows XP CD. This will let you install XP with only 5 clicks! Click Next to continue. and says it will install it with Easy install.
and name and password of your choice. We named it XP Mode to make it obvious what this virtual machine is for! .Now enter your XP product key.
Simply press next to accept the defaults.Here VMware will automatically enter your operating system’s name and the default location to save the files. . or change them if you wish.
but you can choose a different size if you wish. Please note that the entire 40Gb will not be taken up on your hard drive. Our clean install only took up 1.4Gb on the computer. .You can choose how large you want your virtual hard drive to be. the default is 40Gb.
You can review and make changes here. .That’s all the settings. or simply press Finish to start installing XP.
.From here on. VMware will take over. You do not need to click anything else until XP is fully installed! It will automatically run the installer. format the virtual hard drive.
Copies XP files to the hard drive. .
And finishes the install. .
Everything will work automatically. you’ll be presented with the Windows XP desktop ready for use! . In our tests it took about 20 minutes to install. When it’s done. so you can literally leave it unattended while it’s installing.
.VMware Player will automatically launch the VMware Tools installer to integrate your virtual XP with your computer. so if you see the yellow banner at the bottom of your window simply click Update Tools or Install Tools depending on you situation. The tools will automatically download and install. It may have to download or update the tools. though you may have to approve an UAC prompt.
they should automatically run in XP. Now. If not. . click Start. and reboot XP when it’s finished. simply run the Tools installer with the Typical setup type.Once the tools are downloaded or updated. then My Computer. and finally double-click on the CD drive which should say VMware Tools.
copy between them. and click “Enter Unity. so you can proceed to integrate with your computer just like XP Mode! Integrate XP Mode in VMware Player with Windows 7 or Vista The real advantage of the default XP Mode in Windows 7 is that the XP programs are fully integrated with their Windows 7 counterparts. Copy and paste from Windows 7 or Vista to XP in VMware is activated by default. Let’s set this up in VMware.Now your XP is fully installed and setup.” . click VM on the top of the VMware window. and even open and save files to the same folders. You can run them seamlessly with other programs. To use your XP programs seamlessly with Windows 7.
a new button called “Windows XP Mode” will above it. Click there to access a full start menu from XP Mode right in Windows 7.You can easily access any program or file in XP mode through a dedicated XP Mode Start Menu. . When you hover over your Windows 7 Start button.
And it works the exact same in Windows Vista. Here is an IE 6 window from XP running side-by-side with IE 8 in Windows 7. thanks to VMware Player! .
including Home versions. this is guaranteed to work on any edition of Windows 7 or Vista. .And notice. the virtualized windows will have a border and the VMware logo on their edge. By default.
” . Click on the Options tab. then settings. Now uncheck the boxes that say “Show borders” and “Show badges. and choose Unity on the left. click VM in the VMware player window.To remove this logo.
.Without having the VMWare borders and badges give everything a more authentic XP Mode look and feel.
You can even use removable devices. such as flash drives. in XP in VMware Player. . VMware will remind you that you can add it to XP. Whenever you connect a new device to your computer.
Now click the bullet for “Always enabled” and check the box for “Map as a network drive in Windows guests. and click Connect. and then choose Shared Folders on the left. Select your device name. It’s more convenient if they’re saved directly to the My Documents folder in Windows 7 (or the Documents folder in Vista). Click the Options tab.” . Save Files in XP Mode to My Documents in Windows 7 or Vista By default. Click VM. then Removable Devices. so let’s change this. then Settings. files created in XP in VMware Player will be saved inside the virtual machine.Simply click VM.
. This will let us add a shared folder.Now click Add at the bottom of that window.
and then select your My Documents folder. .Let’s add the My Documents folder from Windows 7 (or the Documents folder in Vista). Click Ok. Click Browse. and then click Next.
Make sure the box is checked that says “Enable this share” and then click Finish. You can now close the settings window as well. .
then right click on My Documents.Back in XP. . click Start. and select Properties.
.Click Move to find the new My Documents folder.
Documents. and click Ok. Now select the folder we shared. . then the drive that says “Shared Folders on ‘vmware-host’” or something similar.Find the folder we just shared from Windows 7 or Vista by clicking My Computer.
whenever you go to save a file in XP. Conclusion And that’s all there is to it! You now have a fully functioning copy of XP running right inside your 7 or Vista computer. even if your computer is running Windows 7 Professional. depending on your circumstance. you may find it easier to use a copy of XP you already own instead of importing XP Mode. . The only difference is that you used your own copy of XP. VMware Player does a great job at integrating XP with your computer. It may offer to copy the files from your old My Documents folder to the new one. And. such as your My Pictures and My Music folders. it will automatically save in your My Documents folder on Windows 7 or Vista. Almost everything works the same as XP Mode in 7 Professional or Ultimate. You can repeat the same process for any folder you wish.Click Ok in the main properties window. and in our tests it worked as good or better than the actual XP Mode. Now. but if you have an old copy already then it doesn’t cost you any more than XP Mode would. choose Yes to make sure you have all of your documents in Windows 7.
Links Download VMware Player 3 Download Windows Virtual PC if you wish to run XP in it . If you would like to try this out. the download isn’t offered by default). we’ve found VMware’s solution easier to use and much faster to setup. However. even ones running Home Premium that aren’t eligible for XP Mode. then install Virtual PC’s integration components. and it will work exactly like the default XP Mode. download Virtual PC at the link below (be sure to select Professional as your edition of Windows … even though Home Premium is licensed to run Virtual PC and can run it fine.You can actually run Windows Virtual PC on any Windows 7 computer. You could install XP in it.
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