Windows XP Mode uses virtualization technology to provide a virtual Windows XP environment for Windows 7. This allows you run administrative applications that have not yet been certified for Windows 7 and some older Windows XP applications that may not run otherwise on Windows 7.
In order to use Windows XP Mode you need to download and install the following files, in the order listed. The files are available free of charge from Microsoft.
- Windows XP Mode
- Windows Virtual PC
- Windows XP Mode update
Before installing Windows XP Mode, make sure your computer meets the following system requirements:
- Operating system: Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise
- Processor: 1 GHz 32-bit / 64-bit
- Memory (RAM): 2 GB or higher recommended
- Hard disk space: 15 GB per virtual Windows environment recommended
Install Windows XP Mode
- Go to Microsoft's Download Windows XP Mode page.
- Select your edition of Windows 7 and desired language for installation
and then click Windows XP Mode.
Note: To find out which edition of Windows 7 you're running, click the Start button, right-click Computer, and then click Properties.
- When the Windows validation required message is displayed, click Continue.
- If the Windows validation software is not installed, run the software.When
the installation has completed, click Continue. Otherwise,
wait until the validation has completed and then click Continue.
- When prompted, click Run to install the program
immediately or click Save to save the file to your
computer and then double-click the file to start the installation.
- If you are prompted to run the Windows XP Mode software, click Run.
- When the Welcome to Setup for Windows XP Mode dialog box is displayed,
- Next, you will be prompted to specify the location for the virtual
hard disk file. To accept the default location, click Next.
To choose different location, click Browse and select
- Click Finish to exit Setup.
Install Windows Virtual PC
- Return to Microsoft's Download Windows XP Mode page and click the button to download and install Windows Virtual PC.
- Open the Windows Virtual PC installer file.
- When prompted to install the update for Windows, click Yes.
- Read the license terms and then click I Accept.
- When the installation has completed, click Close and
install the Windows XP Mode update. (You will restart your computer
after installing the update.)
Install Windows XP Mode update
- Return to Microsoft's Download Windows XP Mode page and click the button to download and install Windows XP Mode update.
- Follow the prompts to download and install the update. (The process is similar to installing Windows Virtual PC.)
- When the installation has completed, click Restart Now for
the updates to take effect.
Set up Windows XP Mode for first use
- Click the Start button, click All Programs,
click Windows Virtual PC, and click Windows
- Accept the license terms and then click Next.
- On the Installation folder and credentials page:
- If you do not want to accept the default location where Windows XP Mode files will be stored, click Browse and choose a new location.
- Enter a password and then enter it again to confirm it.
- Microsoft recommends that you check the box for Remember credentials. Otherwise, you will have to enter your password each time you start Windows XP mode.
- Click Next to continue.
Click Help protect my computer by turning on Automatic Updates and then click Next.
Click Start Setup.
After setup is complete (this may take a while), Windows XP Mode opens in a separate window.
Install anti-virus software
Anti-virus software is not included with Windows XP Mode. Even if anti-virus software is already installed on your Windows 7 computer, you should also install anti-virus software in Windows XP Mode. Sophos Anti-Virus is Stanford's site-licensed anti-virus and anti-malware software. It is available free of charge to people who have a full-service SUNet ID.
Install applications in Windows XP Mode and run them from Windows 7
To run the programs you installed in Windows XP Mode from your Windows 7 desktop:
- Click the Start button, click All Programs, click Windows Virtual PC, and click Windows XP Mode to open Windows XP Mode.
- Install the Windows XP application and make sure to choose All Users when you are asked during the installation process.
- If selecting all users is not an option you can manually add it
- Right-click Start and then click Open All Users.
- The All Users\Start Menu directory will open. Create a shortcut for the application and copy it to the All Users\Start Menu directory.
- At the top left of the Windows XP Mode window, click Action and then click Sleep to leave the Windows XP environment.
- From Windows 7, click Start, click All Programs,
click Windows Virtual PC, click Windows XP
Mode Applications, and then click the application
you want to run.
Get more information
For more information about setting up Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode, check out the Support and Videos on the Microsoft Windows Virtual PC site.