Forget the End of Life Woes: Windows 8 Has an XP Mode

Chris Hoffman 08-04-2014

Windows XP mode How To Run Windows 7 In XP Mode & When You Need This Read More is restricted to Professional versions of Windows 7. Microsoft doesn’t officially support it on Windows 8 The Windows 8 Guide This Windows 8 guide outlines everything new about Windows 8, from the tablet-like start screen to the new "app" concept to the familiar desktop mode. Read More , but there’s a way to get Windows XP Mode running on Microsoft’s latest operating system anyway. You won’t need a Windows XP disc or license key — just a computer running Windows 8.


Download Windows XP Mode

First, you’ll need to download the Windows XP Mode installer file from Microsoft. To download the file, you’ll have to validate your version of Windows. Microsoft won’t let you download this file if you’re using a pirated or improperly licensed version of Windows 8.

Choose to download the WindowsXPMode_en-us.exe file when prompted. Don’t actually run this installer when it’s downloaded — just download it.


Extract the Windows XP Image

You’ll need to extract files from the Windows XP Mode installer. For this job, we recommend the 7-Zip file archiver; it’s free and works well. Once the .exe file is downloaded, right-click it in File Explorer, point to 7-Zip, and select Open archive.



Double-click the sources folder inside the file and locate the xpm file. Drag and drop the xpm file from the archive to a folder on your computer to extract it.


Open the extracted xpm file with 7-Zip in the same way.



Locate the VirtualXPVHD file inside the archive and extract it to a folder on your computer in the same way.


This is a VHD — or virtual hard drive — file, so we should give it the correct file extension. Rename the file and add the .vhd file extension.



You can now delete the WindowsXPMode_en-us.exe and xpm files to free up space.

Boot Windows XP Mode

We now have a .VHD file we can boot in a virtual machine program What Is a Virtual Machine? Everything You Need to Know Virtual machines allow you to run other operating systems on your current computer. Here's what you should know about them. Read More . We’ll use VirtualBox for this because it’s free and runs on all versions of Windows 8. You could try booting this file in Windows 8’s Hyper-V virtual machine manager, but that utility is only available on Windows 8 Professional, so most people won’t be able to use it.

Download and install VirtualBox, if you haven’t already. Then click the New button to create a new virtual machine. Go through the setup process, selecting Windows XP (32-bit) as the operating system version.



Select as much memory as you like — VirtualBox recommends 192 MB, but your physical hardware probably has a few gigabytes to go around. You may need to allocate more memory if you’ll be running demanding applications in Windows XP Mode.


On the Hard drive screen, select Use an existing virtual hard drive file and navigate to your VirtualXPVHD.vhd file.


You can now boot your Windows XP Mode system by clicking the Start button in VirtualBox. You’ll have to enter a few details to finish setting it up, but you won’t have to go through the entire installation process or enter a product key. From here, the process is about the same as if you had installed Windows XP inside a virtual machine from a Windows XP disc. Install your old software that requires Windows XP How to Run Old Games & Software in Windows 8 One of Microsoft's big strengths -- and weaknesses -- is their focus on backwards compatibility. Most Windows applications will work just fine on Windows 8. This is especially true if they worked on Windows 7,... Read More inside the virtual machine.


Windows XP Mode is noteworthy because it lets you run Windows XP applications on the same desktop as your Windows 8 system, while VirtualBox will confine your entire Windows XP system and its applications to a window by default. To have your Windows XP applications run on a desktop, you can use VirtualBox’s seamless mode VirtualBox's Seamless Mode: Combine Two Operating Systems Into One Desktop Read More . First, you’ll need to select Devices > Insert Guest Additions CD image and install the VirtualBox guest additions drivers and software utilities inside Windows XP. Next, you can click View > Switch to Seamless Mode to have Windows XP applications appear on your Windows 8 desktop.

Remember, Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014 5 Reasons Why You Love Windows XP & What You Sacrifice Nearly 30% of computers are still running Windows XP. It was a stable and reliable system for years, but all good things come to an end. Almost no good reasons to keep using Windows XP... Read More . They’re not supporting Windows XP Mode after then, either — that’s why Windows XP Mode isn’t officially part of Windows 8. Be sure to secure your Windows XP systems 4 Ways To Bulletproof Windows XP Forever Windows XP is slated to be exterminated for good by Microsoft in April of 2014. It is the last stage of a multi-year effort to kill off the operating system. Windows XP is one of... Read More , even the ones running in virtual machines.

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  1. Jordan
    December 10, 2016 at 6:18 am

    Thank you!!!!!!! That was a lot less work than ANY of the other ideas and everyone acting like running 16bit nondos windows games , such as rugrats adventure game, was impossible on 64bit windows. but this is the solution to so many of my compatibility issues!! Thank you!!!

  2. Vinay Sharma
    May 25, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Instead of getting the windows xp home screen
    im getting a black screen after the xp setup.

    • David
      October 30, 2016 at 11:16 am

      Yes, I get the same result, black screen

      • Sean
        November 25, 2016 at 6:00 am

        Black Screen, help?

  3. Jonathan
    April 1, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Nice idea, but finally it is almost the same that creating and installing Windows XP by your self. It requires license and it is not capable of application virtualization such as the originally Windows XP mode.

  4. Joan
    March 18, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    I need some help. I downloaded it, and opened the archive, but I can't find a sources folder. Help.

  5. adnan
    March 9, 2016 at 10:04 am

    that was a really usefull post ..helped a lot really.thankss

  6. Anda
    February 20, 2016 at 6:30 am

    Just as a heads up: I was having trouble finding the sources folder just by selecting "Open Archive" as displayed in the instructions. (On Windows 8) You'll likely need to select the second Open Archive: "Open Archive -> cab" if you're not seeing the sources folder.

  7. NintendoLegend
    December 6, 2015 at 3:20 am

    I keep getting this message

    The virtual machine 'Windows XP Mode' has terminated unexpectedly during startup with exit code 1 (0x1). More details may be available in 'C:\Users\Bluekirby\VirtualBox VMs\Windows XP Mode\Logs\VBoxHardening.log'.

    Result Code:
    E_FAIL (0x80004005)
    IMachine {f30138d4-e5ea-4b3a-8858-a059de4c93fd}

    Is there any way to fix this?

  8. Tyler B.
    December 2, 2015 at 2:30 am

    Thanks for the tutorial. Unfortunately, after about a month or so, the copy of Windows XP Professional that I downloaded as per the instructions requires activation after about a month. Is that to be expected?

  9. Anonymous
    August 23, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    What about Windows 10? I've just upgraded, will this process work?

  10. Anonymous
    August 9, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Richard Jones, you don't have to extract VirtualXPVHD,but only rename it to VirtualXPVHD.vhd ,and then you use it in your HyperV program.
    Mention the .vhd at the end in VirtualXPVHD.vhd. !!!!!!

  11. Anonymous
    August 9, 2015 at 8:23 am

    @ Sarah B:

    Here is step 3 of the tutorial, adjusted for WinRar:

    - right-click WindowsXPMode_en-us.exe and choose "Extract to WindowsXPMode_en-us"
    - browse to WindowsXPMode_en-us\Sources and notice the xpm file with no extension
    - rename xpm to xpm.rar
    - open xpm.rar with WinRar and notice the VirtualXPVHD file
    - extract VirtualXPVHD to a location of your choice
    - rename it to VirtualXPVHD.vhd
    - (optional) clean up: delete WindowsXPMode_en-us.exe and everything you extracted from it, except VirtualXPVHD.vhd

  12. Anonymous
    August 9, 2015 at 8:15 am

    This also works on Windows 10 Pro.
    I have it running,only my DVD drive does not work in XP mode.
    It has the D:/ letter while my W10 has the F:/ as station.

  13. Anonymous
    July 17, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Can't use this without VT-x enabled in bios, problem is most new motherboards only have VT-d. I really wish I could get this to work. I have an old d-link camera that the last driver was on xp :(

  14. Anonymous
    June 22, 2015 at 1:28 am

    Thanks! This worked like a charm.

  15. nick
    May 25, 2015 at 7:32 am

    i still use windows xp in vmware player, and dos/win311 in dosbox

    in windowsxp, i'm able to run some 16bit windows application, and some weird old virtual floppy driver that my programs need to access the actual hardware layer. to rip some non-dos floppy image

    in dosbox - to run some old 8bit and 16bit programs/games

  16. AD
    May 1, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    For all asking about licensing/activating:

    This article is only a technical tip how to use MS XPmode in Windows 8. Microsoft clearly says, that only having Windows 7 Professional, Entrprise and Ultimate grants you license to use XPmode on same machine. So using it is not legal, unless you have license from other source - ie. bought boxed copy, various SA or SELECT license models.

  17. AS
    March 29, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    I followed the instructions here but the virtual machine asks for the key to windows activation. I can´t get through it.

    What do I do now ?

  18. Rao
    March 11, 2015 at 7:56 am

    I have got Pagemaker software which runs only on XP Machines. So I am forced to install XP on virtual machine in my WIN 8.1 PC (or, is there any other alternative? )Even though I installed InDesign CS6, I can't use it because there are no fonts developed for my Language that will work with ID CS6.

  19. Viv
    February 6, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    The installation is asking for registration immediately after installing.
    What now?

  20. Mick
    January 19, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Hi I have followed instruction and it is working fine. However it is saying I need to key in licence code and have about 6 days else windows will stop working. How do I get a licence code for something I have downloaded?

  21. Sarah B.
    January 7, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Okay, I came to this post from a different post about how to get Chip's Challenge on my Windows 8, 64-bit laptop. I found the file at and downloaded the correct one. My computer (or file, don't know which) is self-extracting so when I went to click on the application (the only icon I received from the download), it extracted itself and attempted to install but then a box popped up that said Windows XP could only be ran on a Windows 7 computer. I thought this post was specifically for getting it on a Windows 8 OS?

    Can you tell me what I did wrong here? I am not as literate as most when it comes to the technicals associated with computer software and such but I do know how to follow instructions and have basic knowledge. Please help.

    • Taphirus
      January 17, 2015 at 10:53 am

      Hi, i've just installed "xp mode" on a new acer notebook with win8.1 and it work well...your problem look like you are trying to open the installation file from win8.1 explorer, that wrong, if you read the guide you have to open it with 7zip and move out of it another file and go on....maybe you miss to read something , i followed step by step and it work.

  22. L D D
    January 1, 2015 at 2:11 am

    Thank you, thank you for this post. I followed all instructions and now have WindowsXP running on my new HP with Windows 8.1. I have a huge investment in XP software, not to mention 12 years of experience with most of the programs. It is daunting enough to learn a completely new operating system, but overwhelming to have to purchase, install and re-learn new routines, etc. If I were convinced that the 'new' OS provided some tangible benefit (except that it is prettier), I'd be enthusiastic about it. Sorry, I am on the 'new' is not necessarily 'better' side of the argument. Thanks again for this article. Well written, clear, concise and effective.

  23. Lorenz Meyer
    December 31, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Thanks for your post. It saved me today, because I had to install an old app on my Windows 8.1 Pro.
    But I got a problem: It is asking me to activate Windows and to enter a license key. I wonder if this happens because I installed on Hyper-V and was required to install the VM Additions for Windows 8.1.
    Do you know if this problem is Hyper-V related ?

  24. rexiedexie
    December 14, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I have Windows 8.1 but want to delete it an go back to using windows xp. I like to work in html on my desktop and can not do it on windows 8 Anyone know how I can do this ?

  25. Richard Jones
    July 30, 2014 at 4:40 am

    When I extract VirtualXPVHD I get a folder with subfolders. What then? Which bit needs renaming?

  26. Richard Jones
    July 30, 2014 at 3:12 am

    Virtual Box is giving an error message : error relaunching vm process 5. ... ... no-startvm-errormsgbox (rc=-104)

    Result code e_fail (0x80004005)
    Component Machine
    Interface IMachine {480cf695-2d8d-4256-9c7c-cce4184fa048

  27. Mr. Anomilus
    May 7, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Not too accurate.

    I tried installing my Windows XPMode VHD image into the Ubuntu 14.04 version of VirtualBox, per the instructions here, and it doesn't work right. On top of that, it is looking for its authentication, so now it will expire in 30 days. I hold two Windows 7 licenses, each of which also licenses me for XPMode, but they aren't recognized when running Windows XPMode from Linux. This doesn't solve any problems at all and has just been a total waste of time..

    • Harambe
      January 16, 2017 at 3:57 pm

      Same here

  28. Henfracar
    May 5, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Or Hardcore XP fanatics can check out this ZDNet article
    "Here's how to extend the life of Windows XP indefinitely"
    without the punctuation marks, of course.

  29. Arthur Knowles
    May 2, 2014 at 5:24 am

    I have downloaded the Windows XP Mode installer file 3 times and when I transfer the xpm file to a file on my computer, it says :-
    "Data error in'source/xpm' File. File is broken. every time. I have followed you r instructions to the letter, but no luck. (on Windows 8,1 laptop)
    By the way, I tried the download from different sites, and same result.

  30. Burton Tech Support
    May 1, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    For those still needing to run WinXP in a VM but worried about internet access there's a way to prevent internet but still allow network access for shared folders. Manually configure TCP/IP with IP address and subnet mask but leave Default Gateway and DNS servers blank. Hey presto - no internet so perfectly safe :-)

    BTW - tried this in my WinXP running in Virtual Box and it works a treat. Can still access network shares but browsers get nowhere !

  31. Anonymous
    April 26, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    I really dislike your false way of pushing this post, Chris.

  32. Thatguy
    April 17, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Uhm... thats just windows XP running inside Virtual Box and someone snapped his/her vhd and called it WindowsXPMode to save some people from just manually doing it themselves?

  33. Tracy
    April 12, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Why would you want to go back there?

  34. Pushpak V
    April 11, 2014 at 6:24 am

    but 8 is better than xpi think so....

  35. Chrissie Roberts
    April 10, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    I have the service packs on CDs, (1., 2, 3) for Windows XP and realise it's the end of life for XP and that MS is not supporting it any more but as some have programs that will not run in Windows 7 or Win 8.1 then apart from running an older computer with XP installed or running XP with service packs in Oracle VM what is the solution? The Service packs were installed and then updated XP in Oracle with the last issued updates. My old XP PC just updated the updates for XP which are still available and also MS security essentials just updated with the latest virus definitions. I shall switch over and install another Virus scanner that still is and will support XP just as a precaution. Likewise I've installed a virus scanner on the Virtual machine for XP. It is not my intention to use XP as an everyday operating system but only for running programs that will not in later Windows operating systems. The installation of virus scanner is only a precaution if I should accidentally go on line. The older programs that I use with XP will not run in Compatibility mode in Windows 8.1 nor in Windows 7 hence my decision to keep XP for only those programs.

  36. Chris
    April 10, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    It's a Virtual Machine running XP. It needs ALL the XP Patches. It is (as of April 8th, along with WIndows XP) no longer supported by MIcrosoft. It is NOT a solution to Windows XP going "end of life".

  37. Chrissie Roberts
    April 10, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    If you still have your old XP installation disks you can use this with Oracle VM. I did this and now I can run XP within Windows 8.1. I have some old music software that will not run in Windows 8.1. I have installed Antivirus software in XP just in case but will disconnect when running my XP programs. In Oracle you can run what operating system that you like which is great. Its fairly easy to do and I'm not a whiz kid either but a 66 year old woman but have been using computers (and built some with my husband's help - mainly the fiddly bits) since 1994. I'm partially disabled so a computer is my lifeline to friends and family. I'm quite happy with Windows 8.1 but like all the OS's it did take a while to get use to but I now use it every day with ease. We have several computer in the house and most running Windows 8.1 or dual boot with windows 7. Only thing I wish MS would bring back the windows 7 style start menu, or similar, as I find it easier for find things but to overcome that I just use classic shell and pin things to my taskbar that I use regularly. Incidentally I have used some Linux distro's but being older now I find it not my cup of tea at the moment. I just find command line stuff a bit difficult but if I had the time I'd love to learn more. I wish I could find a simple tutorial for Linux with all the command line stuff then I'd use it a lot more.
    I do have Linux installed on an old laptop (Linux Mint) which runs great but I I just prefer Windows as I'm use to it, plus I have loads of Windows software, and to be honest Windows 8/8.1 is not that much different when one gets use to it. I have been through all the operating systems from Windows 3.1 to Windows 8.1 and 95 and 98 were Ok but then along came XP and XP was really good in comparison, Vista was OK and Windows 7 very good and now Windows 8.1 better but there is room for improvement like all the operating systems before (apart from Windows ME which I found nightmare!). Just wish Microsoft would slow down a bit with releasing new operating systems as it costs a fortune each time to upgrade and being an old age pensioner I have to now think ' Can I afford to upgrade?') Incidentally I'm running Windows XP, Vista and 7 and Ubuntu in Oracle and all work fine on my 4 core processor machine. (All legal copies.) I do help others with their computers too. I think Oracle VM is a brilliant bit of software but we all have our preferences. I do still have one computer running XP but that is now a few years old but still works fine and also it has Windows 7 in dual boot. I'm quite happy with new technology but being a bit older it just takes me a bit extra time to learn new things but I'm happy to have a go. I just say to everyone just have fun with your computer as I do. Incidentally more power to those out there that are 'whiz kids' with computers. Without innovators we'd not have computers or technology that helps us today.

  38. geo
    April 10, 2014 at 5:52 am

    Remember "New Coke"? Supposed to replace the "original Coke", but was so bad, it nearly destroyed the Coca Cola brand. Then they brought back the "old Coke" as "Coke Classic". I can see Microsoft bringing back a Windows XP-like interface for a new OS as "Windows Classic", and relegating the "Modern" (aka "Metro") interface to the same rubbish pile as Windows ME and Vista.

    Don't get me wrong... I use Windows 8.1 (with latest upgrade), and have no difficulty using it at all. However, many folks are very comfortable with the XP (and Windows 95 and 98) type of interface, and are more confused by the "Modern" interface than they would be by using any random Linux distro.

  39. John W
    April 9, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Some software is like a piece by Dickens or Shakespeare. It just works, exactly as its writer(s) intended and needs no further updates. Its users have long since forgotten how long they've been using it. It's just there, part of their working day. Every so often the hardware underneath it drops dead from exhaustion and gets replaced. No worries, put Windows XP back on the new machine add your favorite old software and get back to doing whatever it is you do on a PC that obviously doesn't involve using Facetube all day or touching the screen for that matter.

    There are millions of users out there who have absolutely no use for Windows 8(.1) whatsoever. Sadly they will now be forced into an expensive and unnecessary "upgrade" when they would much rather be doing some productive work. Many of these people are elderly or disabled. It's like forcing people to listen to that rip rap music when they are 50 years old and already have a back catalogue of music to last them a lifetime. I'll bet Bill Gates uses Windows 7 and has a jukebox full of vinyl.

  40. Kaushiknsanji
    April 9, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Hey Chris,

    Nice article. I had installed my XP on Windows8 Home edition on the same lines making use of VirtualBox.

    With this approach of VirtualBox and extracting the vhd file prior to installing Windows XP, we have some catch here. The KEY file is separated out. So when we install Windows XP in this manner, entering the product key does not appear in the process, which makes the XP to run in a 30-day trial mode. During the trial period, if you wish to activate it online its not possible since this is a Virtual XP. After the trial period expires, we will not be able to login!!

    So do you or anyone here knows how to overcome this problem.


    • Nunja Business
      April 10, 2014 at 3:03 am

      Not tested, but this should work for you:

      Install all your programs and set it up the way you want it and take a snapshot of the VM. As long as you save your docs on a different (persistent) drive, you can just restore the snapshot each time you need the XP machine and use the 30 day trial over and over.

  41. Bob
    April 9, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Microsoft almost made it in getting me to buy Win 8, but I like XP, everything that I have spent a great deal of money buying runs on XP, I have learned to use every variant of Windows since Day 1, and it has cost a lot of money and made me get used to a new interface every time. Now I ask you, what's in your wallet? Mine has no money for foolishness and I have been running Linux since Linus kicked the slats out of his cradle, and it is still the same, just as UNIX is just the same, and VI is still the same. So why can't Bill make an operating system that does not require me to buy everything new all over again? I can see buying new hardware and tons of memory and big honker drives and arrays, but an operating system that has a new look and feel with few common features? Nahhh, but this XP under Win8 might have done the trick because I could have saved all of my other expensive software and went along fat, dumb, and happy. But nooo, the XP mode will no longer run on Win8, so I cannot keep my XP interface and expensive specialty software. Therefore, I will have to do as my friends are doing, keep my XP machine off the internet and get a nice Samsung 10 Pro tablet with Android to do my surfing. *sigh* I am not a Luddite, I write in assembler, C, and Ada, and ...

    • António Peres Pereira
      April 10, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      I agree with you 100%. I'm using Ubuntu Linux (now 12.04.4 LTS) from 2010. I dont change for W7 or W8 anymore. I'm 67 years old and refuse to study a new interface because I have all I need from Linux Ubuntu 12.04.4 with all regular updates absolutly free. By, by Bill Gates.

    • Bob60506
      December 27, 2014 at 7:53 am

      I'm with you, Bob. I've been using and programming computers since 1981. I resisted Windows at first, preferring DOS, but gave in at 3.1 and have used 95, 98, XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 8.1. I still have machines running most of them. I just logged off a machine running 98 (which I built back in '01) and it will run rings around this 8.1 setup doing similar productivity tasks even though it has a slower CPU and less than half the memory.

      That same box running 98 dual boots to FreeBSD. FreeBSD positively smokes anything that ever came out of Redmond. Oh -- and I've left FreeBSD running for over a month without shutting it down, with no discernable performance deterioration, whatsoever -- let alone crashes or BSOD's.

      MS OS's have truly become bloated behemoths. Sure, they've got all kinds of shiny new baubles packed with them, but at the point of execution, Windows really does suck. Gates has ALWAYS sold Windows on its visuals. It started out as window dressing (pun intended) on top of DOS; it wasn't even designed as an OS, though Billy G. hawked it as one. Now it's supposed to be an OS, but it's the whole bundled ENVIRONMENT that's being pushed. So, if you like playing around with a bunch of little app's that make use of the Internet and your personal information, I suppose you're getting your money's worth in the package. (Though you could do much of it with a $100 Lumia 635 Windows phone...) But if you just want an OPERATING system that will efficiently run various programs of YOUR choosing, the latest Windoze is definitely not the greatest.

  42. Iván Zazueta
    April 9, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Is there another easy way, go to and grab a free virtual machine there (Virtualbox, VmWare Player...)

  43. Kevin M
    April 9, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    The real question should be "is there anything in Windows 8 that you need?". If not the rest of what this bloatware can do is irrelevant and they should stay on a stable OS period end of story!

    • Georges
      April 17, 2014 at 10:40 am

      YES! There is!
      The "Metro" application now scale correctly on high-dpi displays, while "desktop" application still have issues. It may seem a small visual update, but it is actually HUGE, if you keep in mind that new monitors have more and more DPI. The absurd "logical dpi" value of 96 is absolutly inadequate this days. Everybody around me is using 120 to 160 dpi displays for years! And you just have to try to "set custom size dpi" to understand what i am talking about - text and pictures zoom correctly but not dialog boxes, window areas, system buttons, etc... the "dpic-control" feature does NOT zoom every element of you desktop application! Tested and proved by more that 300 persons in my office.
      And the way to write a "reap dpi-aware" application for desktop-api(i ama software developper) is a nightmare - complicated and even not working sometime, so you have to implement multiple solution and find ways to detect which works upon program launch...
      On intel i3/i5 cpu-s with 4Gb of ram - Win8 runs better than WinXP. Tested on Acer and HP laptops and on HP desktops. Even if it requires more system resources, it manages applications better.

      negatives - metro is CURRENTLY rather uncomfortable for usual daily office work, but this is due to absence of real serious applications... and this will change!

    • Kevin M
      April 17, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      Georges - I am not arguing the potential that Windows 8 brings to the market. That by itself does not make it necessary. While there is new technology trickling out to support the need for an overhaul of our OS, the idea that dpi means anything now is closed minded and selfish thinking at best. I dont give a shit if new apps that support it are coming and granted they will blow away what I use today but the reality is they dont exist yet. Windows 8 is going to be valuable I dont doubt that but until the day comes that I can say it IS valuable is the day I start using it. In the meantime I have and I know many people I work with use software that will not run on Windows 8.

      The 300 people around you do not constitute the millions that use Windows. So don't look in your own backyard at your own situation and think that you know what is best for everyone else. If it works for you great, but dont set there and assume it has something that everyone must have. I have a computer that uses it and in fact I am replying to you on it now. I have been using it since the MCSE group I am in gave us a copy to beta test which was long before it was ever talked about. I was not at all impressed with it then and I am not convinced yet and without tools like Stardocks is putting out for it I likely would have put this thing away by now.

      I need an OS that works for me, not the other way around. I want an OS that works like it has for the last 29 or so years and not completely flip the entire idea on its head where I am not just learning new additions but rather learning how to use the whole thing all over again. I do not require new tech terms that I can use in forums to make people think I am cool. Tech terms that as of right now do not mean anything to me because and by your own admission tell us there is very little that takes advantage of it anyway and most of what does is ridiculously expensive. You can set here and talk dpi until you are blue in the face but unless you have an explanation why Windows 8 is being sold on computers that don't take advantage of it or offer applications that do then what really is the point to the sudden urgency to run out and buy something that might have real world value in a year or two?

  44. Bud
    April 9, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    A lengthy and tiresome process, and one would think that with the continuous MicroSUCKS OS upgrades (with XP being one of the best produced), MicroSUCKS would have seriously and truly learned "how to (?)" eliminate their continual monthly bloat of updates. Seems the techies in Redmond should have had remedial lessons and teachings from the VW Beetles auto changes in the basics, just nice upgrades to what worked consistently well . I'll stay with my Mac, thank you !

    • Nunja Business
      April 10, 2014 at 3:10 am

      What a troll. And not even a very good one.

      Here's some real data for you:

      Read a little, learn a lot and come back and tell us who has had more OS updates.

    • Nunja Business
      April 10, 2014 at 3:39 am

      So ... how is it that a flaming post from someone who clearly is not impacted or affected by the subject is allowed to stay among the legitimate questions? Especially since it is an over-the-top anti-MS post with no redeeming information.

      But my reply with actual data refuting his claims was removed.

  45. Bob
    April 9, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    If all you want is the classic shell and start button, this solution is much simpler:

  46. Eroc
    April 9, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    the XP is not activated in other VM than the Windows Virtual PC from Windows 7.

  47. Flavio
    April 9, 2014 at 3:07 pm


    What is the difference between the two downloads mentioned in the first graphic?
    Bit confused here.


    • Zero
      April 10, 2014 at 12:29 am

      the one with _N in the name is windows edition for some countries that don't allow Microsoft bundle there stuff in.
      From memory the main difference is it doesn't have media play installed. But you can download it separately if you want.

  48. Dan
    April 9, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Is this available in windows 7?

    • Zero
      April 10, 2014 at 12:25 am

      It is originally designed for Win 7. So, yes.

    • Dano
      April 10, 2014 at 2:57 am

      Tried it on Windows 7 Ultimate and says not activated and asks for key.

    • Jon Mc
      April 15, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      You still have to have a legitimate copy of XP to activate it.

    • Peter P
      January 10, 2015 at 9:13 pm

      You DON'T for Windows XP Mode, so, Jon, you're wrong.

      It's only when you don't use Microsoft's Virtual Machine that you need it. So this guide is practically useless.

    • Jon
      May 11, 2015 at 2:40 am

      Do I really need to have a legitimate copy of XP and to activate it ?
      How do I make the Virtual XP window the same size as my monitor ?

  49. Bradk
    April 9, 2014 at 11:12 am

    I don't think that people aren't upgrading because of compatibility or are afraid of the new interface. I think it's because their computers are 5+ years old and simply don't have the hardware(especially ram which is often limited to 2 gb max on older machines) and just don't want to or have the money to buy new machines. smaller businesses and home users tend to go buy "if it ain' t broke, don't try to fix it" and if their computer boots, it's working.

  50. Antonio N
    April 9, 2014 at 2:54 am

    I can't believe people are having such a hard time switching to the new interface.

    • mark
      April 10, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      In fact it's not the interface, it's the cost and the application compatibility. No, Win 8 being later than XP does NOT imply that anything that works on XP works also on Win 8.

  51. Ed
    April 8, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Would this work in Linux Virtual Box, or does XP mode check for a valid Host version of Windows?

    At least security vulnerabilities and malware from a dead OS can be contained in a VM :) I kid, of course.

    • Bill
      June 12, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      Yes. It's called XP Mode but it's just a XP virtual machine. Nothing special.