Which virtual xp pro pc softwhare is best

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May 12, 2011 at 02:34:05
Specs: windows xp pro, pentium 4/512mb
Hi Guys which virtual xp pro software, is best for testing from a ghost image install that works with i5 windows 7 32-bit pc that is free.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance


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#1
May 12, 2011 at 03:14:30
It's not really "virtual XP pro software" you need. You need a "virtual machine" program (i.e.-host software) to install XP (guest software) onto. Having said that, the only one I have used was Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 (there is VPC2K7 as well) and was pleased with it's performance running Win3x/95/98 under WinXP. Remember, however, that since you run both host and guest software simultaneously, the hardware requirements are quite a bit higher than running either by themselves. If P4/512MB (as you indicated in your specs) is what you are planning on running it on, then you're going to be disappointed.

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#2
May 12, 2011 at 03:29:55
sorry i didn’t update the spec the p4 is my friends pc I’m on an i5 windows 7-32bit pc with 3gb ram will these virtual machines work with 7 ok

Thanks for your help with this


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#3
May 12, 2011 at 03:39:44
Microsoft does not list Win7 as being supported with VPC2K7:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...

What you may need is "XP mode" for Win7 (assuming it's individual programs your wanting to try):

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/vi...

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#4
May 12, 2011 at 04:13:17
Hi T-R-A,

I have downloaded windows 2007 VP would you or anyone else know how i can run my own image from usb XPv13.GHO file on the Virtual machine.

thanks in advance


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#5
May 12, 2011 at 07:57:57
Why do you need that image installed as opposed to a fresh installation of WinXP.

The way Windows 7 pro & ultimate work is that you are allowed to download a special version of WinXP pro from Microsoft, complete with key to run in virtual mode in Windows 7. The idea is to run programs that can't run in Windows 7 without having to reboot.

Many times this isn't even necessary as Windows compatibility modes will allow hardware/ software to run in 7 without that bother.

Your question in #4 is confusing. If you have a ghost image of WinXP that was made using the current hardware then you install (ghost) that image to a partition on your hard drive then install Virtual PC 2004/7.


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#6
May 12, 2011 at 15:28:28
OtH is correct. A "fresh install" of a supported OS would be preferable to an image. Also, (legally) you're required to own both "host" and "guest" software as well.

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#7
May 12, 2011 at 16:56:51
If you have Windows 7 pro or ultimate. You can download a special version of WinXP that runs in a virtual mode. There is no charge for that copy but it will not run as a stand alone. I don't think you can install your own copy of WinXP under the Windows 7 virtual mode.

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