So you've received a new laptop running Windows 7 Professional, but still need to run legacy XP programs?
Well, you're in luck. Microsoft makes available to you free of charge a Windows XP virtual machine, and in today's article we'll show you how to get it up and running.
Our first step will be to download and install a free copy of Microsoft's Virtual PC, as it's required to run XP Mode.
Step 1) To get Virtual PC, start by clicking on the below link:
Step 2) This will bring you to the Microsoft Download center as shown below:
Step 3) Next, click on the “Download” button, select either the 32 or 64 bit version, and press “Next”:
Step 9) When the installation is complete, you'll need to restart your PC before you can use Windows Virtual PC:
Step 10) Now that you have Windows Virtual PC installed, you'll find it in your Start Menu Programs as shown below:
Part 2: Downloading and Installing Windows XP Mode
Now that you have downloaded and installed Windows Virtual PC, the next step is to download and install Windows XP Mode.
Step 1) Start by clicking on the download link below:
Step 2) Next, click on the “Download” button:
Step 8) Now you will see the Windows XP Mode setup window. Start the installation by selecting “Next”:
Step 17) Once done initializing, Windows XP Mode will launch and you'll now see a virtual Windows XP desktop. At this point you can install your legacy software onto Windows XP Mode:
Note: Windows XP Mode automatically maps your Windows 7 drives and storage devices to allow you easy access to your installation files.
I hope the above article on how to download and install Windows XP Mode was helpful.
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