Windows 8 as the latest operating system from Microsoft does have nice interface, effectiveness and better security. However, sometimes we still use the old software that is made in the period of Windows XP and that is not updated by the author.
Indeed, there is a feature “Compatibility Mode” in Windows 8, but this feature is not perfect. There are some older programs that really have to be run in Windows XP.
Dual boot? That’s what you definitely think right now. This dual boot system (Windows XP & Windows 8) on your computer will solve this problem. You can run your old programs in Windows XP and when you will just surf or do other works, you can use Windows 8. But of course this will make the time wasted due to the process of switching between Windows 8 and Windows XP and vice versa that requires a fairly long time. There’s another deficiency in dual boot system. You need a license for Windows XP. Isn’t that bothering?
So, how can we solve this problem? Did you know we can create virtual Windows XP in Windows 8? And the most interesting thing is that you do not need to have a license of Windows XP. It can be said that this Windows XP is free. It is not only that you can run your old applications perfectly in Windows XP, but you can also stay in Windows 8 so you can do other things with ease.
The followings are the steps to create virtual Windows XP (Windows XP Mode) in Windows 8:
Download WindowsXPMode_en-us.exe from this page:
You will be required to run the Validation Tool from microsoft to check the license of your current Windows.
Look for “xpm” file in the folder WindowsXPMode_en-us > sources
Then right click > rename
Add the extension “.rar” on the file
Then extract xpm.rar file using Winrar or 7-zip
Inside the folder xpm there will be a file named “VirtualXPVHD”
Add the extension “. vhd” on the file so that it becomes VirtualXPVHD.vhd
Download and install VirtualBox for Windows:
Open VirtualBox > click New > enter the virtual machine name > set the RAM size > click Next
You will be asked to choose 3 hard drive options to determine which will be used, select “Use an existing virtual hard drive file” > then click the small folder icon on the right side to find and select VirtualXPVHD.vhd file
Now you have virtual Windows XP on your computer. You can learn more about how to use VirtualBox here https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/End-user_documentation. If you have questions please give us comment in the comment column.
Note: Windows XP Mode (using VirtualBox) is not only able to be run in Windows 8. You can also create virtual Windows XP in Windows 7 with same steps.