Installing XP Mode on Windows 7

By | October 26, 2009

I just thought I would give a quick tutorial on how to download and install Windows XP mode on the Windows 7 operating system. XP mode allows you to run a virtual copy of Windows XP on your Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate operating systems. This comes in handy when the standard built in compatibility tools still cannot get your legacy applications working. XP mode loads up an instance of Virtual PC in the background. When you install an application in this virtual environment, it creates a shortcut to that application in your local start menu.

I for one am very excited about this because it is now easier to upgrade your existing computers with out the fear of having incompatible applications, or when you have a scenario where you need both Access 2007 and 2003 installed on the same machine. So lets get started.


First go to Microsoft’s XP mode website here

Select your edition of Windows 7 and your desired language. (Remember, you must have Ultimate or Professional edition of Windows 7 to be eligible for download)

You must first download and install the XP Mode first. Click on the “Windows XP Mode” button

In the File Download Dialog box, choose run.
Depending on the speed of your internet connection, this part can take a little while due to its 500mb file size.

Click next through the install prompts and accept all defaults.

Once that is complete, then download and run Windows Virtual PC

You may get prompted to download and install update KB958559. Click ok and let this install. You will need to restart your computer once this completes.

One you restart, that’s it. You’re done. XP mode is now installed on your computer. You will find shortcuts to XP mode in your start menu listed under Windows Virtual PC –> Windows XP Mode

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