Feedback / issues running "Virtual XP" in Win 7

By LookinAround
Nov 22, 2009
  1. Hi All! :wave:

    I thought i'd start a thread to discuss everyone's impressions and/or any issues to report when running Virtual XP within Windows 7.

    Virtual XP
    > Runs XP as a program within Windows 7. You basically get a window which provides you the XP desktop
    > You can run your XP programs within the XP window right on your Windows 7 desktop
    > You can move data between your XP and your Win 7 partitions as they all just look like network mounted drives to each other

    To run virtual XP in Windows 7 you must
    > Buy a CPU that supports "virtualization" (this is a CPU hardware feature) and
    > Run Windows 7 Premium, Ultimate or Enterprise Editions

    As to my experience thus far:
    I discovered my NTI CD/DVD Maker software won't run in Windows 7. (Win 7 reports the drivers aren't compatible)
    > So i started Virtual XP
    > Installed NTI into my "virtual XP computer" just as i did on my old XP computer
    > And ran the program successfully within the virtual xp environment

    So far, for the little i've done to date, the virtual XP environment has run just fine and just as i'd expect an XP computer to work

    I haven't played with any of the special USB or virtual XP settings yet.

    Anyone have some more info/experience or any problems to report about Virtual XP?
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Note: Windows XP Mode is only available in:
    • Windows 7 Enterprise
    • Windows 7 Professional
    • Windows 7 Ultimate
    MS Support FAQ is HERE
    The only issues I've found with Users running Virtual software is BSoD relating to faulty Ram
    A Memtest guide can be found HERE, in case you suspect faulty Ram
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I have 7 Pro and almost went to play around with the Virtual XP stuff, but then I realized there is nothing that I have that won't run in 7 but will in XP.
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