Installing 32 Bit OS on Virtual PC on a 64 Bit Machine

Posted on 2011-10-27
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Hi, I have a laptop that is 64 Bit. I want to install Windows XP on Virtual PC. The Windows XP is 32 Bit. Can anyone tell me if it is possible to install?
Question by:ftsos
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    When configuring the VM, tell it you're installing XP 32-bit.

    Are you using VMware Workstation 7 or 8?  The steps are similar, but in a nutshell, yes it will work.
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    If you have Windows 7, why not download and use XP Mode, it includes Windows XP 32 bit?

    otherwise try these Hypervisors

    Type 2 Hypervisor Downloads for Windows OS

    VMware Player 3.0 Free Download

    VMware Server 2.0.2 Free Download

    VMware Workstation 7.1.4 (60 day trial, $199)

    Oracle Virtualbox 4.0

    Parallels Desktop 4 for Windows
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    There are no issues running a 32-bit guest on a 64-bit host.
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    by:Daniel Wilson
    MS Virtual PC 2007 (if that's what you mean) supports only 32-bit guest OS's.  It runs fine on a 64-bit host.  I'm running it right now on Vista 64-bit with 32-bit installations of XP and Windows 7 on different VM's.
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    by:John Hurst
    @ftsos  - If you want production use and good performance, I recommend VMware Workstation. It runs on a 64-bit host and will run any supported 64-bit or 32-bit guest. I have all this running on my Windows 7 64-bit machine. Good hunting.  ... Thinkpads_User

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    Thank you all.

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