Windows XP mode is restricted to Professional versions of Windows 7. But there’s a way to get Windows XP Mode running on Windows 8 anyway. All you need is a computer running Windows 8.
Virtual machines are more useful than just for fun and games, and they’ve helped me a huge deal in work-related areas of my life. Using a virtual machine offers a great sandbox if you’re ever dealing with sketchy software that may be riddled with things that you’re way too nervous to allow on your main disk.
Gnome Boxes is a simple virtualization tool that prefers ease and convenience over numerous customization options.