Windows XP Mode In Home and Basic

Discussion in 'Windows News' started by whoosh, May 14, 2010.

  1. whoosh

    whoosh Cooler King
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    Windows XP Mode is a premium feature which is been offered only to Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Enterprise

    and Windows 7 Ultimate system. Windows XP Mode, essentially a virtual machine which runs fully functional and fully activated Windows XP SP3 operating system, provides a backward compatibility solution to corporate productivity software where RemotApp allows applications

    installed on Windows XP VM to seamlessly run from Windows 7 desktop.

    Though Windows XP Mode is not allowed and not supported on Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Home Basic editions, there is trick to manually install and activate Windows XP Mode in Windows Virtual PC. For people who is looking for a faster way to setup Windows XP Mode in Windows 7 Home Basic or Premium system, indeed there is a faster way to install the Windows XP Mode. The hack to install Windows XP Mode works in any editions or versions of Windows 7. In fact, the trick can be used to install and setup more than one copy of Windows XP Mode on supported Windows 7 flavors.

    1. Download and install Windows Virtual PC.
    2. Download XP Mode (just select Windows 7 Ultimate and the desired language in the drop down boxes for people who download from Download Windows XP Mode – genuine Windows validation required, else you will be prompted that you’re not eligible to download Windows XP Mode).
    3. Install the pre-configured and pre-activated XP Mode. During installation, the following error will occur on Windows XP Home Basic and Premium edition:
      Windows XP Mode cannot be set up
      Windows XP Mode is not available on this edition of Windows
      You are not using the correct version of Windows 7 to install Windows XP Mode. Please click this link to upgrade.
      Ignore the error. The Windows XP Mode is still been installed.
    4. Restart the computer.
    5. Despite Microsoft claims that Windows XP Mode cannot run on Windows 7 Home Premium and Basic edition, the VHD (Virtual Hard Disk) of Windows XP Mode is installed to the following folder nonetheless: C:\Program Files\Windows XP Mode\
      Navigate to the above folder.
    6. Take ownership and grant full control permissions to the Windows XP Mode base.vhd file.
    7. Right click on Windows XP Mode base.vhd file, then select Properties. Uncheck the Read-only opiton.
    8. Start Windows Virtual PC from Start Menu (Start -> All Programs -> Windows Virtual PC -> Windows Virtual PC).
    9. Click on Create Virtual Machine at the command bar.
    10. Name the new virtual machine as Windows XP Mode or any other preferred name.
    11. Continue the new virtual machine creation wizard, until “Add a virtual hard disk” window. Choose the Use an existing virtual hard disk option, then click Browse to select the location of Windows XP Mode VHD (e.g. C:\Program files\Windows XP Mode\Windows XP Mode base.vhd).
    12. Finish the create new virtual machine wizard.
    13. Windows XP Mode is not install on the Windows 7 system.
    Apparently, Microsoft is suppressing the OEM:SLP string (Windows_Virtual_XP_F9161D8E7FCC11DDB FAA369856D89593) in the Windows Virtual PC’s BIOS for unsupported Windows 7 editions such as HomePremium and HomeBasic. The lack of the required SLP marker in the BIOS causes Windows XP Mode became not activated. Upon log on, an activation (registration) dialog box will be presented. User can key in any valid Windows XP Professional product key or old OEM Windows XP Professional product key from desktop or notebook [computer to activate the Windows XP Mode.
    Tip: It’s also possible to extract Windows XP Mode VHD from the downloaded setup installer. To do so, use 7-Zip to extract WindowsXPMode_en-us.exe (file name may be different depending on language) to a folder. Then, inside the unpacked folder, use 7-Zip to extract xpm file inside the sources folder. The Windows XP Mode VHD is named as VirtualXPVHD. Rename VirtualXPVHD to a file name with .vhd extension, e.g. Windows XP Mode.vhd.

    How to Setup and Get XP Mode on Windows 7 Home Premium and Basic
    #1 whoosh, May 14, 2010
    Last edited: May 14, 2010
  2. Ruusky

    Ruusky New Member

    May 14, 2010
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    Cool thanks
  3. Mike

    Mike Windows Forum Admin
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    Serious about virtualization

    Users who are serious about virtualization may want to check out the alternatives. While the alternatives will always require OS activation, VMWare Workstation has been proven to be highly superior to Virtual PC in many areas and can run nearly any operating system. XP Mode is a good shot across the bow for those claiming they can't upgrade to Windows 7 for compatibility reasons, but the option of virtualization has been around for nearly ten years or more, and with the advent of high capacity CPUs and more memory, is a very real possibility for most home users.
  4. Joe S

    Joe S Excellent Member

    Jan 12, 2009
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    VMware Player has also been updated. Now it is possible to create the VM with the freeware! In the past you couldn't create the VM on VM Player
  5. w7pro

    w7pro Banned

    May 17, 2010
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    I saw your discussion and wanted to offer up some more information on Windows XP Mode: If you want to run older apps in Windows 7 Professional, there's a feature called Windows XP Mode. It opens apps in a window that looks like Windows XP, with the performance speed of Windows 7 Pro. You can get a video demo of how it works at If you'd rather go to a page that also has text, has some of the same info as the first link plus the download if you need it and an FAQ (click the "Get Answers" button under "Windowx XP questions?" heading on the bottom right). This text and video page has detailed video instructions on downloading and installingWindows XP Mode, plus installing the apps you want to run.
  6. vasya

    vasya New Member

    Jul 13, 2011
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    [langtitle=ru]Re: Windows XP Mode In Home and Basic[/langtitle]

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