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Need to legitimately activate a XP RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have a use case where a software program (16bit dos) needs to run on Windows XP Pro.

    I've heard that I can purchase a Windows 7 license and "downgrade".


    Is this true, and can I simply enter the product key for Win7 disc into the WinXP activation dialog?

    Thanks! 

    Sunday, September 24, 2017 4:43 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

    We cannot do like that because Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft.

    Support for Windows XP ended

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsforbusiness/end-of-xp-support

    Thank you for understanding.

    Best Regards,

    Tao


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    Monday, September 25, 2017 3:05 AM
  • Monday, September 25, 2017 5:08 AM
  • Hi Brad.

    Windows XP cannot be installed and/or activated using a Windows 7 product key code: you need to use a Windows XP product key code; furthermore, Windows XP is not supported anymore and it is very difficult to find a new Windows XP license.
    As far as I know, there are no available downgrade offers anymore, unless you have a branded PC and the manufacturer can offer you some option to do that, provided that your PC can support Windows XP.
    I suggest you to use either Windows Virtual PC with XP Mode (if you have at least Windows 7 Professional) or to install a virtualization program and create a virtual machine running Windows XP where you can install and run your old program.

    Bye.


    Luigi Bruno
    MCP, MCTS, MOS, MTA

    Sunday, September 24, 2017 6:07 PM

All replies

  • Hi Brad.

    Windows XP cannot be installed and/or activated using a Windows 7 product key code: you need to use a Windows XP product key code; furthermore, Windows XP is not supported anymore and it is very difficult to find a new Windows XP license.
    As far as I know, there are no available downgrade offers anymore, unless you have a branded PC and the manufacturer can offer you some option to do that, provided that your PC can support Windows XP.
    I suggest you to use either Windows Virtual PC with XP Mode (if you have at least Windows 7 Professional) or to install a virtualization program and create a virtual machine running Windows XP where you can install and run your old program.

    Bye.


    Luigi Bruno
    MCP, MCTS, MOS, MTA

    Sunday, September 24, 2017 6:07 PM
  • Hi,

    We cannot do like that because Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft.

    Support for Windows XP ended

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsforbusiness/end-of-xp-support

    Thank you for understanding.

    Best Regards,

    Tao


    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help. If you have feedback for TechNet Subscriber Support, contact tnmff@microsoft.com.

    Monday, September 25, 2017 3:05 AM
  • Monday, September 25, 2017 5:08 AM