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    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!

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    Welcome to the forum!

    There is no XP Mode but there are a couple of (even better) alternatives available that work in Windows 8.

    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 Windows 8 32bit and/or you can also use DosBox (for DOS support in Windows 8 64bit) (DOSBox, an x86 emulator with DOS).

    Hope this helps.
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    Thanks for the quick reply.
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    Indeed, XP mode doesn't exist on Windows 8 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 Windows 8 either.

    If you've already got Windows 8 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 Windows 8 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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
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    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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