Windows 8 has an XP Mode...Sort of...

By on April 9, 2014 1:20:45 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

DrJBHL

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"Windows XP mode is restricted to Professional versions of Windows 7. Microsoft doesn’t officially support it on Windows 8, but there’s a way to get Windows XP Mode running on Microsoft’s latest operating system anyway. You won’t need a Windows XP disc or license key — just a computer running Windows 8."

 

For those who are unhappy, I found an article which explains the "how to":

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/forget-end-life-woes-windows-8-xp-mode/

 

 

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April 10, 2014 4:37:39 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

If that's using the XP Mode app created for Windows 7 Pro/Ultimate, there were some issues I'd encountered due to the limited video support for applications within the app.  Seems like a real hassle with little reward IMHO.

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April 10, 2014 3:29:26 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Win 8 Pro + Build in Hyper-V is my choice. Had too many crashes with Virtualbox in the past...

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April 10, 2014 5:54:10 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Thanks for the heads up, Doc, I have bookmarked the linked page for future reference and have downloaded the relevant file from MS to try out when I'm on my main rig with Win 8.1 Pro... currently on my lil laptop with Win 8 standard.

In fact, if this works out okay on my main rig - running XP purely for gaming in virtual mode - I can then dedicate the XP box I've been rebuilding to run Ubuntu, Robolinux and other Linux distros.

Quoting BernieTime,

If that's using the XP Mode app created for Windows 7 Pro/Ultimate, there were some issues I'd encountered due to the limited video support for applications within the app.  Seems like a real hassle with little reward IMHO.

I read an article some while back regarding this and the solution was to assign more memory to the virtual machine to accomodate more graphics intensive files, like games, ect.  Apparently, many users were assigning just the recommended memory of 192mb, which was not enough to run graphics intensive applications or games.   I never tried this out in Win 7 so I cannot say if this entirely correct or not.

Quoting c242,

Win 8 Pro + Build in Hyper-V is my choice. Had too many crashes with Virtualbox in the past...

Yes, I think that is the way I will try to run this, having had some crashes using Virtualbox in the past.  It may have been improved upon since I last tried it, but I'd prefer it if Win 8.1 can run it natively... saves having to install additional software.

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