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                                                                                Applies to these editions of Windows 7:
Install and use Windows XP Mode in
Windows 7                                                                         Professional

Using Windows XP Mode, you can run programs that were designed for                Ultimate
Windows XP on computers running Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or
Ultimate editions that also meet certain hardware requirements.
                                                                                  Enterprise

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                                                                                In this topic
                                                                                 • How does Windows XP Mode work?

                                                                                 • Windows XP Mode requirements

                                                                                 • Before you begin

                                                                                 • Installing and using Windows XP Mode




Programs can run in both Windows XP Mode and in Windows 7.


How does Windows XP Mode work?
Windows XP Mode works in two ways—both as a virtual operating system and
as a way to open programs within Windows 7. Windows XP Mode runs in a
separate window on the Windows 7 desktop, much like a program, except it's
a fully functional version of Windows XP. In Windows XP Mode, you can
access your physical computer's CD/DVD drive, install programs, save files,
and perform other tasks as if you were using a computer running
Windows XP.

When you install a program in Windows XP Mode, the program appears in
both the Windows XP Mode list of programs and in the Windows 7 list of
programs, so you can open the program directly from Windows 7.




Programs installed in Windows XP in the Windows 7 Start menu




           Notes
             • Almost all programs compatible with Windows Vista, and the
               majority of Windows XP programs, run well in Windows 7. If
               a program doesn't, first try the Program Compatibility
               troubleshooter. It can fix several problems and is included in
               all editions of Windows 7. For more information, see Open
               the Program Compatibility troubleshooter.

             • Some hardware and devices that work in Windows 7 might
               not work in Windows XP Mode. They might not be detected
               in Windows XP Mode.

             • Windows XP Mode was primarily designed to help businesses
               move from Windows XP to Windows 7. It isn't optimized for
               graphic-intensive programs such as 3D games, nor is it well




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            suited for programs with hardware requirements such as TV
            tuners.




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Windows XP Mode requirements
Before you download and install Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode,
you need to make sure your computer meets both hardware and software
requirements for running these programs.

Windows XP Mode requires:

 • A computer capable of hardware virtualization. This means your computer
   has a central processing unit (CPU) with either Intel-VT or AMD-V
   virtualization features.

 • Virtualization features turned on in your computer's basic input/output
   system (BIOS).

 • Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate editions.

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Before you begin
If your computer doesn't meet all of the requirements, Windows Virtual PC
and Windows XP Mode won't work correctly, even though you might be able
to download and install them. Before you begin:

 • Make sure your computer's CPU is capable of hardware
   virtualization. To find out, go to the Windows XP Mode and Windows
   Virtual PC support website and download the Hardware-Assisted
   Virtualization Detection Tool. This utility can check whether your computer
   will work with Windows XP Mode.

   If you receive an error message saying "There is no hardware-assisted
   virtualization support in the system," then your computer's CPU doesn't
   support hardware virtualization.

 • Make sure hardware virtualization is enabled in your computer's
   BIOS. You might need to turn on virtualization settings in your
   computer's BIOS.



            Warning
            Be careful when changing BIOS settings. The BIOS interface is
            designed for advanced users, and it's possible to make a change
            that could prevent your computer from starting correctly. For
            more information, see BIOS: frequently asked questions.




   How to turn on virtualization settings in your computer's BIOS can vary
   depending on the BIOS manufacturer. For sample instructions on how to
   do this, go to the Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC support
   website.

   If you receive an error message saying "Hardware-assisted virtualization
   is disabled," this means your computer supports hardware virtualization,
   but you need to change settings in your computer's BIOS to enable
   hardware virtualization.

 • Make sure you're running Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or
   Ultimate. To find out which edition of Windows 7 you're running, click the
   Start button , right-click Computer, and then click Properties. The
   edition of Windows 7 you are running is displayed under Windows
   edition near the top of the window.




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   If you're not running Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate, and
   you've verified that your computer supports hardware virtualization, you
   might consider using Windows Anytime Upgrade to upgrade your edition
   of Windows 7 to Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate. (Windows 7
   Enterprise isn't available in Windows Anytime Upgrade.)


               Notes
                • Before you upgrade to another edition of Windows 7, make
                  sure your computer supports hardware virtualization. If it
                  doesn't, Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode might
                  install but won't work correctly.

                • For more information, search Help and Support for
                  "Windows Anytime Upgrade."




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Installing and using Windows XP Mode
To use Windows XP Mode, you need to download and install Windows XP
Mode, which is a fully licensed version of Windows XP with Service Pack 3.
You also need to download and install Windows Virtual PC, which is the
program that runs virtual operating systems on your computer.

When you install a program in Windows XP Mode, the program becomes
available for use in both Windows XP Mode and Windows 7.

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  To download and install Windows XP Mode

    1. Go to the Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC website, and then
       click Get Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC now.

    2. Under Select your edition of Windows 7 and desired language
       for installation in Step 3, click the Select system drop-down list,
       and then click the edition of Windows 7 you're currently running.

    3. Click the Select language drop-down list, and then click the language
       you want to use.

    4. Under Download and install Windows XP Mode, click Windows
       XP Mode.

           • To find out which edition of Windows 7 you're running, click the
             Start button , right-click Computer, and then click Properties.
             The edition of Windows 7 you're running is listed under Windows
             edition (and 32-bit and 64-bit information appears under
             System, next to System type).

    5. Click Open to install the program immediately; or click Save to save
       the installation file to your computer, double-click the file, and then
       click Run.

       We recommend clicking Save and keeping the file on your computer in
       case you ever need to reinstall Windows XP Mode.

    6. In the Welcome to Setup for Windows XP Mode dialog box, click
       Next.

    7. Choose the location for the virtual hard disk file that Windows XP Mode
       uses, or accept the default location, and then click Next.

    8. On the Setup Completed screen, click Finish.

  To download and install Windows Virtual PC

    1. Go to the Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC website, and then
       click Get Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC now.




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   2. Under Select your edition of Windows 7 and desired language
      for installation in Step 3, click the Select system drop-down list,
      and then click the edition of Windows 7 you're currently running.

   3. Click the Select language drop-down list, and then click the language
      you want to use.

   4. Under Download and install Windows XP Mode, click Windows
      Virtual PC.

        • To find out which edition of Windows 7 you're running, click the
          Start button , right-click Computer, and then click Properties.
          The edition of Windows 7 you're running is listed under Windows
          edition (and 32-bit and 64-bit information appears under
          System, next to System type).

   5. Click Open to install the program immediately; or click Save to save
      the installation file to your computer, and then double-click the file.

   6. Click Yes to install Update for Windows (KB958559).

   7. If you accept the license terms, click I Accept.

   8. After installation is complete, click Restart Now to restart your
      computer.

  To set up Windows XP Mode for first use

   1. Click the Start button , click All Programs, click Windows Virtual
      PC, and then click Windows XP Mode.




      Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP in the list of programs


   2. If you accept the license terms, click I accept the license terms,
      and then click Next.

   3. On the Installation folder and credentials page, accept the default
      location where Windows XP Mode files will be stored, or choose a new
      location.

   4. Type a password, type it again to confirm it, and then click Next.

   5. On the Help protect your computer page, decide whether you want
      to help protect your computer by turning on automatic updates, and
      then click Next.

   6. Click Start Setup.

      After setup is complete, Windows XP Mode opens in a separate
      window.

  To install and use a program in Windows XP Mode


           Note
           Antivirus software isn't included with Windows XP Mode. Even if
           your computer running Windows 7 already has antivirus




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           software, you should also install antivirus software in
           Windows XP Mode to help defend your computer against viruses.




   1. In Windows 7, click the Start button , click All Programs, click
      Windows Virtual PC, and then click Windows XP Mode.

   2. In Windows XP Mode, insert the program's installation disc into your
      computer's CD/DVD drive; or browse to the program's installation file,
      open the file, and follow the instructions to install the program.




      Installing a program in Windows XP Mode


   3. Click the Close button             at the top of the Windows XP Mode
      window.

   4. In Windows 7, click the Start button , click Windows Virtual PC,
      click Windows XP Mode Applications, and then click the program
      you want to open.


                 Note
                 If the Windows XP Mode window is open when you try
                 opening a program in Windows XP Mode from Windows 7,
                 you'll be prompted to close the virtual machine. Be sure to
                 save any data you want to keep in Windows XP Mode before
                 closing it.




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