Is it possible to emulate Windows XP in Windows 7? I would like to run Qbasic programs on my Windows 7 laptop.

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Rather than load a whole windows VM could also try DOSBox, it's been reported to run QBasic fine.

I don't know what you're running in QBasic of course but I'd be interested to know whether you could build it with Microsoft Small Basic


Yes. Microsoft distributes Windows XP Mode for Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions. It's free and you can get it here.


The QB64 IDE is QB compatible and is free at www.qb64.net and will compile 32-bit applications written in QB. It also supports Microsoft libraries and can cross-platform to Linux and MacOSx.

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