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

The Virtual Hard Disk Properties dialog box shows the current size of the virtual hard disk

Keep in mind that Hyper-V creates dynamically expanding virtual hard disks. This means that the hard disk only takes up as much room as needed and can only grow to the specified size. For example, clicking the Inspect button (next to the Edit button in the Hard Drive section) displays the Virtual Hard Disk Properties dialog box. As you can see, at this point the size of the virtual hard disk file is 4MB. As I install the operating system and applications, the virtual hard disk will grow in size until it reaches the maximum size of 500GB.

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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.