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How To Get Windows Virtual PC?

  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by Preacher View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Hyper-V is far more powerful. It's Microsoft's server based virtualization product.

    Since you are on 7 Home Premium, you are not entitled to the free license of XP anyway.
    If I'm on win8 pro does that mean I can use a virtual Xp for free? That would be very handy!
    Windows XP Mode cannot be used with Windows 8, whether it is Windows 8 Core, Windows 8 Pro, or Windows 8 Enterprise.
    Windows XP Mode is only released for Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, and Windows 7 Enterprise.

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  2. #12


    Quote Originally Posted by Preacher View Post
    If I'm on win8 pro does that mean I can use a virtual Xp for free? That would be very handy!
    Well, you can run Hyper-V for free. But you don't get a free license to run XP under Hyper-V for free like you did with 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate. You would have to provide your own key for XP in order to run it under Windows 8.
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  3. #13


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    I also recommend to start with e.g. VMware Player. Runs really nice. Here is one of Shawns excellent tutorials for setting it up: VMware Player - Install Windows 8

    This tutorial is not only for setting up Windows 8. You can setup any system with it. The difference is only in the setup of the VMware Tools (optional). I have setup a few Linux distros that way and they work perfectly. Example: https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=475a0...A6D4035%211853 This is a PDF that you can view in Chrome (double click) or download.
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  4. #14


    Portsmouth Hants
    Posts : 772
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Microsoft kindly make virtual machines (Hyper-V, VirtualPC, VMWare, and VirtualBox) of XP Sp3 (and Windows Vista and 7) available, with different versions (6, 7, & 8 for XP, Vista and 9 and 10 for Windows 7, I guess) of Internet Explorer for developers to test and compare with other browsers at Cross-browser testing simplified | Testing made easier in Internet Explorer | modern.IE and for VPC at Download IE App Compat VHD from Official Microsoft Download Centre

    These VM are time limited, but Microsoft replace the VMs with new versions, I presume as long as Microsoft still supports XP. You do not have to provide keys for these VMs.
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  5. #15


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Quote Originally Posted by fafhrd View Post
    Microsoft kindly make virtual machines (Hyper-V, VirtualPC, VMWare, and VirtualBox) of XP Sp3 (and Windows Vista and 7) available, with different versions (6, 7, & 8 for XP, Vista and 9 and 10 for Windows 7, I guess) of Internet Explorer for developers to test and compare with other browsers at Cross-browser testing simplified | Testing made easier in Internet Explorer | modern.IE and for VPC at Download IE App Compat VHD from Official Microsoft Download Centre

    These VM are time limited, but Microsoft replace the VMs with new versions, I presume as long as Microsoft still supports XP. You do not have to provide keys for these VMs.
    Hi there
    For info -- these are 90 day time limited.

    Making Internet Explorer Testing Easier with new IE VMs - Rey Bango

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  6. #16


    Portsmouth Hants
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Thanks for the info and link Jimbo, it has some interesting comments appended
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  7. #17


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Quote Originally Posted by fafhrd View Post
    Thanks for the info and link Jimbo, it has some interesting comments appended
    Hi there - You're welcome.

    Nice to see in the UK your weather is WORSE than ours !! at the moment --- at least we have cheap energy. !!
    I suppose the airports and trains are hosed up as usual -- I need to be in London on Sunday. !!!!

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  8. #18


    Portsmouth Hants
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    We have started the Easter holiday a week early due to Floods/Snow/abandoned vehicles due to high fuel costs etc. Travel in the UK at your peril! It never ceases to amaze that a centimetre or two of snow can bring this country to a standstill!

    We have had significant snowfall almost every year down to the south of England ever since 2007, just a few years after David Viner of the MetOffice pronounced that snowfalls in Britain were a thing of the past, and our children would not know what snow is. (the 2007 snow rather fulfilled that prophesy as many of the UK snow "sculptures" were phallic (made by older youths who had missed out on childhood snow), instead of the more traditional snowmen.)

    Our main problem is still that our motorists do not know how to drive in icy conditions, and have not the sense to avoid or delay travelling in bad conditions. Once a road is littered with abandoned vehicles, any snow clearing vehicles just cannot get through.

    Still, once you are in London, the snow does not hang around for long. Enjoy your visit.
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