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Windows XP Compatibility Mode and Windows Virtual PC in Microsoft Windows 7



Table of Contents:

  1. What are Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode?
  2. Make Sure Your Dell Computer has Enough Processing Power and Memory (RAM)
  3. Download and Install Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode
  4. Using Windows XP Mode

What are Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode?

Windows Virtual PC is the latest Microsoft virtualization technology for Windows, and is a feature of Windows 7. Similar to previous versions of Virtual PC, Windows Virtual PC can be used to create and run the simulated hardware environments necessary to virtual a Windows operating system, which allows a single computer to run multiple operating systems simultaneously.
Windows XP Mode was designed for the user who does not have a lot of resources to spend on IT or on revamping important software. Windows XP Mode extends the lifecycle of many older Windows XP applications.
For more information, visit Microsofts Virtual PC website.


Make Sure Your Dell Computer has Enough Processing Power and Memory (RAM)

Systems running Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode require hardware following the Dell recommended specifications (Table 1).

Hardware Requirements
1 GHz 32-bit / 64-bit Processor

2GB Memory (RAM) Minimum or 4 GB Recommended 
for 32-bit

3GB Memory (RAM) Minimum or 5 GB Recommended 
for 64-bit
15 GB Hard Disk Space per Virtual Windows Environment

Table 1: Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode Dell Hardware and Software Specifications

For more information, visit Microsoft's Virtual PC Hardware Configuration website.

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Download and Install Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode

  1. Open a web browser and go to: "Download Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode".
     
  2. Under Select your edition of Windows 7 and desired language for installation in Step 2, use the drop downs for Select system and Select language to input the correct information.
     
  3. Click Download and install this first: Windows XP Mode then click the Save button on the File Download window.
     
  4. Select Desktop to save the file to the Desktop and click the Save button.
     
  5. Once the download is complete, click Download and install this second: Windows Virtual PC and repeat Steps 3 and 4.
     
  6. Once the second download is complete, click Download/install this third: Windows XP Mode Update and repeat Steps 3 and 4.
     
  7. Double-click the file downloaded for Windows Virtual PC (Windows6.1-KB958559-x86.msu for 32-bit and Windows6.1-KB958559-x64.msu for 64-bit).
     
  8. Follow the on screen instructions to complete the install and click the Restart Now button when prompted.
     
  9. Double-click the file downloaded for Windows XP Mode (WindowsXPMode_xx-xx.exe).
     
  10. Follow the on screen instructions to complete the install.
     
  11. Double-click the file downloaded for Windows XP Mode Update (Windows6.1-KB977206-x86.msu for 32-bit and Windows6.1-KB977206-x64.msufor 64-bit).
     
  12. Click StartAll ProgramsWindows Virtual PC, and Virtual Windows XP.
     
  13. Click the check box to accept the license terms, then click Next.
     
  14. Enter the User name and Password information then click Next.
     
  15. On the Help protect your computer window, leave Help protect my computer by turning on Automatic Updates now. selected and click Next.
     
  16. Windows Virtual PC will configure Virtual Windows XP and the virtual machine will be ready.

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Using Windows XP Mode

The wizard will set up the virtual Windows XP for first use and the new Windows XP Mode environment will be viewable on the Windows 7 desktop. Installing applications in Windows XP Mode is the same as it would be on any other computer with Windows XP installed.
For further information and support on how to use Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC refer to the articles "Running Windows XP Mode with Windows Virtual PC" and Windows Virtual PC Evaluation Guide on the Microsoft website: "Windows Virtual PC: Documentation and Videos".
Help with Windows XP Mode can be found at:

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Article ID: SLN289840

Last Date Modified: 07/31/2014 03:42 PM


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