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Installing Virtual XP in Hyper-V - Using old Win7 XP file?

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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Installing Virtual XP in Hyper-V - Using old Win7 XP file?


    Upgraded my win 7 pro that had virtual XP mode to win 8.1 pro. Everything from Win 7 came with it including my install programs. Noticed the virtual xp file .vmcx is there but can't access it. So I installed Hyper-V and got to the point of connecting to Virtual Hard Disk. Noticed it creats a .vhdx file. I assume this would be a new file with nothing I had on my old .vmcx file. How do I get my old virtual files over to the new one?

    If I can't would I be able to install the virtual file that I got from Microsoft's website, WinXpVirtual6.1KB958559x64RefreshPkg.msu (it included a license key), or I need to have another installation disk that has Windows XP with a license key?

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    Southern California
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center x64


    You can't use XP Mode with anything other than the windows 7 that it came with. You'd need to obtain another xp license to set it up in a virtual machine
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Quote Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
    You can't use XP Mode with anything other than the windows 7 that it came with. You'd need to obtain another xp license to set it up in a virtual machine
    Hi there

    I believe there was a thread somewhere on how to create a "Standard XP" VM from the XP mode system. If you can do this then it should run under HYPER-V.

    I'm not quite sure of the legality of this but so far Ms hasn't pulled the link. I think you still need a W7 system once to validate your windows system to do the download but otherwise this runs fine from Windows 8 / 8.1.

    How to Run Windows XP for Free in Windows 8

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Last edited by jimbo45; 25 Jun 2014 at 04:25.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Unfortunately everything worked except for registration. It would not accept the key within the file or my other keys from old computers. So I converted my windows 7 .vhd file to .vhx and ran it with registration finally accepting one of my keys. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Installing Virtual XP in Hyper-V - Using old Win7 XP file?
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