There are many unofficial Windows XP ISO file in numerous of websites. So to create a Windows XP virtual machine, one has to download that ISO and make that virtual hard disk manually. Is there a way to get a pre-build official Windows XP virtual machine from official Microsoft website?

  1. Download a Windows XP Mode executable file from Microsoft's Windows XP Mode site.

  2. Open the folder containing the executable file (e.g. WindowsXPMode_en-us.exe). Don't install it. Unzip that exe file with 7ZIP by dragging and dropping it into the 7ZIP window. Open Sources folder in 7ZIP window, extract xpm file.

2_Windows XP Mode executable

  1. Use 7ZIP to open the xpm file that you extracted in the previous step. Scroll down; select and extract the file named VirtualXPVHD.

3_xpm file

  1. Add the .VHD extension to that file name (e.g. VirtualXP.VHD) by using F2 key.

4_VHD rename

  1. Open Hyper-V, make a new VM, add that previous VHD file (see procedure). Then run that VM.

5_Running VM

It is advisable to use it after making a checkpoint in Hyper-V.

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    VirtualBox supports VHD so simply create a Windows XP 32-bit machine and plug-in the VHD in it at the step where you select the disk. – pronebird Jun 20 '18 at 7:13
  • I have no problem taking snapshots regardless the medium. – pronebird Jun 20 '18 at 8:55
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    On VirtualBox "PCnet FAST III" network adapter has to be used. As browser for Windows XP, I suggest Firefox 52 ESR (supported until august 2018), because Internet Explorer 6 does not support TLS. – Francesco Frassinelli Jul 9 '18 at 12:49

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