How Do I Set Up XP Mode in Windows 7?

Posted on 2016-10-25
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I am running a 64-bit Win 7 system on a Toshiba laptop. I THINK it came with XP Mode installed...but I can't remember for sure if it did or if I installed it myself way back when.
I'd like to reinstall it because:

1) The last time or two it took forever to load and then didn't seem to want to do anything.
2) I can't find or remember my username and password for it. (Yeah, my bad!)
3) There are a couple of programs I'd like to run in XP mode.

What's the procedure to get rid of the installation and the best to replace it?

Question by:RadioGeorge
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pjam earned 1600 total points
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Windows 7 forums always has good tutorials, check this out:
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XP Mode shows up in Programs and Features, so just uninstall it, restart, and install it again.
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And of course, Windows 7 is starting to die out, so you can also use VMware Player (free) or Workstation to install XP and then the resultant machine can move over to Windows 10. No XP Mode in Windows 10.
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Windows 7 extended support lasts until January 14, 2020, so a little over 3 years of support left for it.

On Windows 10, if you use Pro or Enterprise, you can install Hyper-V Manager to run a VM:
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If I recall correctly, XP mode on Windows 7 was a free license.  If you run it on Hyper-V you need to own the appropriate XP license.
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XP mode is free but it only works on Windows 7 Pro and nothing else. A real XP license can move from one machine / OS to another machine / OS which is why it is a good approach.

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Simple and effective! The results from my own online searches failed to spell out where and how, and thanks to EE, my question was answered VERY quickly and effectively. Thanks.
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You are very welcome and I was happy to help you get going.

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