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Set up Windows 8 Client Hyper-V to run Windows XP

You can quickly create a virtual machine using the preconfigured default settings

Creating the virtual machine

In last week's article, I told you that there are two ways that you can create a virtual machine from the New Virtual Machine Wizard. You can work through the wizard to create a virtual machine or you can quickly create a virtual machine using the preconfigured default settings, which you can then change later. Since we worked through the wizard to create a virtual machine last time, we'll create a virtual machine using the preconfigured default settings. We'll then edit the virtual machine's settings. While going this route is a bit more time consuming, it will allow us to take a look at some of the features available in the virtual machine Settings window.

After you launch the Hyper-V Manager, navigate to the Actions pane and select the New | Virtual Machine command. When the first screen of the New Virtual Machine Wizard appears, just click the Finish button, as shown , to immediately create a virtual machine with preconfigured default settings.

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3 comments
dave
dave

running under Win 7 and Windows VPC into this environment? Or can you do some sort of conversion? I have a stable virtualized Win 7 environment that I don't want to recreate if possible.

Realvdude
Realvdude

Unless you have an old MSDN subscription, I think that full retail would be the only valid license. What do you think? An interesting question would be what happens upgrading Win7 with XP Mode installed? Also, what would be the licensing implications of using the XP Mode VM in Win8, if it is possible?

croc__7
croc__7

Running Windows 7 With XP 3 sounds good, an running Windows 8 with XP 3 sounds even better... however Windows XP's interface needs better improvement to utilize the benefits of higher ram. XP will still try to default to the 2G Ram limitation. I have found the use of 2 separate HDD's with the different Windows installations do most of the job; but the ability to actually use XP programming together with later versions of Windows I have found to still be in the future.