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Windows 7: How to Install Windows XP mode or Virtual Windows XP Step by Step Walkthrough

by Shivaranjan on May 8, 2009


Windows 7 has a new feature called Virtual Windows XP mode, the main reason why Microsoft added this feature is to provide a option to run applications that run only in Windows XP under Windows 7 environment. In this post let us discuss the installation of Windows XP mode installation in Windows 7.

How to Install Virtual Windows XP or Enable Windows XP mode in Windows 7

To run Virtual Windows XP mode in your computer your CPU or processor should support hardware virtualization technology else you won’t be able to run Windows XP mode. You can find out if you processor supports hardware virtualization from here.

System Requirements for running Virtual Windows XP in Windows 7:

  • Windows 7 Release candidate (RC)
  • Minimum 1 GHz 32-bit / 64-bit processor or CPU required
  • Memory (RAM) – Minimum 1.25 GB required, 2 GB RAM and above is recommended.
  • Recommended 15 GB hard disk space per virtual Windows environment i.e. if you are going to install two virtual machines then you will need 30 GB of storage.

Now download the Virtual PC Beta and Virtual Windows XP mode Beta.

Installation of Virtual PC Beta

Now that you have downloaded both the files, first install the Virtual PC Beta by double clicking the setup file and follow the onscreen instructions.



Once the installation is complete the system will prompt you to restart the computer.


After the restart is completed you will be able to see the Virtual PC entries in your start menu. But if you click it will prompt you to download Virtual Windows XP ignore it as you have already downloaded Virtual Windows XP.


Installation of Virtual Windows XP Mode

Now double click the Virtual Windows XP Beta setup file and follow the onscreen instructions:



After the installation is completed, you can launch the Virtual Windows XP from the Start Menu and you will be asked to accept the terms and conditions.


Enter the password that you will use for logging in Virtual Windows XP and if you would like to auto login into Virtual Windows XP then choose the ‘Remember credentials’ option’.


Virtual Windows XP will now prompt you to select the automatic updates choice, we recommend that you enable automatic update.


Now Virtual Windows XP will be setup and will take a couple of minutes and you will be able to see the Virtual Windows XP inside Windows 7.


That’s it, now run the applications that run in Windows XP alone in Virtual Windows XP.

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