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Win XP mode in Win 8

  1. #1


    Leeds
    Posts : 6
    Win 8 Pro 64

    Win XP mode in Win 8


    Will Win 8 have Win XP mode at all? I have a couple of old progs that will not run on a 64bit OS.

    Thanks!

    imatt

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  2. #2



    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,993
    Windows 8.1 - 64bit, Others in VMs


    Welcome to the forum!

    There is no XP Mode but there are a couple of (even better) alternatives available that work in Win8.

    There is no MS Virtual PC pre-installed with Windows 8. There is MS HYPER-V (more designed for business use) but you'll have to enable it, is more advanced, requires a newer CPU but you will have to install XP yourself.

    There is always VirtualBox (https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads) and VMware Player (https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/evalcenter?p=player) which are free and where you could make your own so called XP Mode.
    You can install a lot of operating systems including Win XP or you can even import XP Mode image from Win7.

    For DOS programs there is also the Built-in DOS support (see Control Panel to enable) in Win8 32bit and/or you can also use DosBox (for DOS support in Win8 64bit) (DOSBox, an x86 emulator with DOS).

    Hope this helps.
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  3. #3


    Leeds
    Posts : 6
    Win 8 Pro 64


    Thanks for the quick reply.
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  4. #4



    Redmond
    Posts : 626
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Indeed, XP mode doesn't exist on Win8 and neither Virtual PC (which is used for the XP Mode VM) nor MED-V are actually supported on Windows 8. Also, the license that grants access to the virtual XP image is actually part of the Windows 7 license, so unless you have a separate XP license, you can't (within licensing guidelines) run it in Hyper-V (or other virtualization technologies) on Win8 either.

    If you've already got Win8 client and a SLAT-capable CPU, Hyper-V will work just fine. If you don't have a CPU capable of running Hyper-V, the other alternatives have already been mentioned. A VM running in Hyper-V will give you the best performance and compatibility with older versions of XP (or Vista 32bit, or Windows 7 32bit) running under Windows 8, but if you don't have a SLAT-capable CPU you can use the others and achieve the same (namely running a program on a 64bit Win8 install inside a 32bit VM).

    Note you can check if your CPU will support SLAT properly by downloading and running a tool called CoreInfo from sysinternals, and running it from an elevated command prompt with the -v option (coreinfo -v). If the CPU supports SLAT, that feature will have a "*" next to it in the output. Make sure virtualization options are enabled in the BIOS first if doing so is possible, of course .
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  5. #5


    Posts : 1,308
    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Quote Originally Posted by cluberti View Post
    ... Also, the license that grants access to the virtual XP image is actually part of the Windows 7 license, ..
    A quick note; the XP image was just part of the Pro, Ultimate and Enterprise editions of Windows 7. Windows 7 Home Premium , Basic and Starter don't include the XP license
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    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,993
    Windows 8.1 - 64bit, Others in VMs


    Quote Originally Posted by imatt View Post
    Thanks for the quick reply.
    You're welcome.

    Quote Originally Posted by area 66 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by cluberti View Post
    ... Also, the license that grants access to the virtual XP image is actually part of the Windows 7 license, ..
    A quick note; the XP image was just part of the Pro, Ultimate and Enterprise editions of Windows 7. Windows 7 Home Premium , Basic and Starter don't include the XP license
    Good to know the details.
    I use my own XP install. I saw some sites that show how to import the XP Mode image to VBox and VMPlayer on Win7 Home Premium. Guess they don't care about the licence.
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  7. #7


    Portsmouth Hants
    Posts : 769
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Good to know the details.
    I use my own XP install. I saw some sites that show how to import the XP Mode image to VBox and VMPlayer on Win7 Home Premium. Guess they don't care about the licence.

    XP Mode Unauthorized Key


    In this technet thread, in the posting with the date/time of Tuesday, January 05, 2010 3:36 PM , so it's been there a long time, there is a well known registry entry to activate XP - it works in virtual machines and on full hardware installations if performed during the initial grace period.

    So I guess it is a while since Microsoft cared about the XP license either.
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    Probably have to run in VMWare, Virtualbox, or similar.
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  9. #9



    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,363
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    HI there
    if you are a technet member just download XP sp3 ultimate from there -- create your VM and activate -- simple.

    you could use Windows 8 HYPER-V so you won't need VBOX or any other product.

    cheers
    jimbo
    Last edited by jimbo45; 08 Jul 2012 at 07:24.
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  10. #10



    USA, Idaho
    Posts : 1,051
    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    If you are going to use VMWare 7 or 8 you will have to deactivate Win 8's HYPER-V. It would seem that at present the two do not like the idea of sharing the OS. Trust me VMWare 8 told me to take a long walk off a short pier when attempting to install.
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