Microsoft provides an virtual Windows XP environment for Windows 7 called Windows XP Mode to help with migrating old applications to work on the new operating system.
By completing these steps you’ll have Windows XP Mode up and running in a few seconds:
- First you need to make sure your CPU has the required support for virtualization. The easiest way to do this is by running a small application called SecurAble. You might need to enable the virtualization support from your BIOS. After swtiching it on you might need to completely shut down your computer as a simple reboot might just not do it.
- Get the latest files for Windows XP Mode and Virtual PC from Microsoft and install them
- Select Windows XP Mode from you start menu under Windows Virtual PC and enter some logon credentials for the virtual environment
Note that while in Windows XP Mode you might run into the following error if you try to start some setup located on a external USB or network drive:
“The Windows Installer does not permit installation from a Remote Desktop Connection”
This is because Windows XP Mode sees you as a remote desktop user and for some security reason the Windows Installer can’t permit you to execute a “remote” setup. To solve this problem, first copy all the setup files into the virtual environment and then run the setup!