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How do I install and use Windows Virtual PC in Windows 8?

Can anyone tell me where can I get Windows XP mode to use in Windows 8? I still have many legacy apps that don't support Windows 8.

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I'm not 100% sure how Run in Compatibility mode works but have you tried Right Click on the program -> Properties -> Compatibility tab -> Run in Windows XP compatibility? –  Vian Esterhuizen Oct 30 '12 at 14:29

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XP mode no longer exists -

Windows 8 does not include XP mode, a function of Windows Virtual PC. Virtual PC itself got the axe in Windows 8 in favor of a set of new features and preferred software platform.

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So you'll need to install some other virtual machine software and install XP in that instead. You will need a valid XP license though, so if you upgraded your XP license to get to Windows 7 you'll be out of luck.

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Where do i get a valid license? I think nobody sells them now. –  Zuck Oct 30 '12 at 14:26
    
@Root - I've no idea, sorry. –  ChrisF Oct 30 '12 at 14:26
    
@Root XP Mode gives you a free XP Professional licence, provided you have a valid Windows 7 Professional/Enterprise/Ultimate licence. You should be able to install XP in your VM solution of choice (Hyper-V, VMWare, VirtualBox or whatever), you just have to grab the product key from the XP Mode VHD. –  Indrek Oct 30 '12 at 14:37

'Windows XP' - mode was an instance of 'Virtual PC', which is replaced in Windows-8 by 'Hyper-V'. You can create a new virtual machine running Windows XP in such a machine (just as you could run it inside VirtualBox or VMware etc).

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One could even load the same VHD file. –  Ramhound Oct 30 '12 at 14:41
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I found out a free awesome tool : VMLite XP Mode

It works in Windows 8 without requiring any valid licenses or hardware acceleration (VT-x / AMD-V).

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So how do you run XP in a VM without a license legally? –  Moab Oct 30 '12 at 15:02
    
I think VMLite XP Mode implements some trick which doesn't allow Windows to ask for any product key or show the activation window. –  Zuck Oct 30 '12 at 15:05
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That sounds a bit shady and possibly illegal –  KronoS Oct 30 '12 at 15:17

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