Windows XP Mode in Win 10 RRS feed

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  • Reference chat case # 1363853941 on 11/30/16.

    I was using Win 7 (64 Bit) on my computer.  While using Win 7, I installed Windows XP Mode.  I followed the procedure in a document from "" called "Install and use Windows XP Mode in Windows 7".  I followed the instructions and I was then able to run old programs using the Windows XP Mode in Win 7.

    In September 2016 I upgraded to Win 10 (64 Bit).  After I upgraded to Win 10, I no longer had Windows XP Mode on my desktop, but I found the following program on my C drive:

    C;Program Files/Windows XP Mode

    Date Modified: <st1:date day="9" month="8" year="2013">08/09/2013</st1:date>

    Size: 3.43 GB

    I went to the Hyper-V Manager in Win 10.  It said to go to "Import Virtual Machine and Locate folder".  I selected the Windows XP Mode in C:Program Files and got the following error message.  "Hyper-V did not find a virtual machine."

    How can I get Windows XP Mode working in Win 10?

    • Moved by BrianEhMVP Thursday, December 1, 2016 7:30 PM
    Thursday, December 1, 2016 6:55 PM

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  • XP Mode was a short term application compatibility solution that was built on Microsoft Virtual PC and bound by license to run on Windows 7 only.

    Though folks have gotten it to run on Hyper-V under Windows 8 - Windows 10 - the XP OS that is part of XP Mode will require its own activation license.

    A bit of searching should uncover a number of resources describing how folks got it to work.  I have seen many of them over the past couple years.

    Brian Ehlert
    Learn. Apply. Repeat.

    Thursday, December 1, 2016 7:30 PM
  • Hi Portola Bob,

    Windows Virtual PC with Windows XP Mode is not supported on Windows 10. We could migrate to Hyper-V and install it there.

    There are few steps to add an XP Mode Virtual Machine to Windows 10 using Hyper-V. Please refer to the link below to follow the steps.

    Please Note: Since the website is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.

    Hope it will be helpful to you

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    Friday, December 2, 2016 7:17 AM
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    Thursday, December 15, 2016 9:47 AM
  • I'm sure Bob has moved on to projects more thrilling and dangerous since posting this question, so this reply is for anyone that might be searching for a solution that respects licensing agreements and works too. 

    Revert your upgrade to Windows 10 back to Windows 7 (64 bit).  Use available P2V (physical to virtual) tools from Microsoft or other sources to make a virtualization version of the Windows 7 system on an external disk drive or other storage medium off the physical system.  

    Since you'll be upgrading your Windows 7 (64 bit) computer to Windows 10, you are no longer able to run the Windows 7 operating system once that is complete.  You will need to obtain a license for your installed version of Windows 7.  

    Upgrade to Windows 10, install the Hyper-V feature, and follow instructions available elsewhere for importing your virtualized Windows 7 installation.  You will be able to continue to run XP Mode inside your virtual Windows 7 machine.  

    Monday, February 19, 2018 5:32 PM