Windows

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

Add a legacy network adapter

Editing the virtual machine's settings

When the Settings window appears, you'll see that there are a multitude of settings that you can configure to customize how your virtual machine will work. For the purposes of this article, I'll just cover the basic settings that you need to get started with your Windows XP virtual machine.

Because Windows XP is an old operating system, it isn't compatible with Hyper-V's network adapter. As such, the first thing that you will need to do is add a legacy network adapter. Select the Legacy Network Adapter item, as shown, and click the Add button.

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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.