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Adding Virtual Machine with XP

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by dtsaudio, Mar 6, 2019.

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  1. dtsaudio

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    Hello,
    First post here, I hope this is the correct forum.
    Just started setting up a W10 machine, and so far so good. However I have a number of technical and financial programs on my old XP machine. I need to access these and also need to transfer about 1000 files.
    My thought was to take my old hard drive (which has XP installed) and install it in the new computer and then set it up as a virtual machine.
    Will this work? Is there anything I should watch out for?
     
  2. dlipman

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    You can put the hard disk on Win10 and copy the data files over.

    Have you tried installing the technical and financial programs under Win10 in Normal or Compatible Mode ?
     
  3. dtsaudio

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    Copying the data files is the easy part.
    The programs are 16bit and do not work even in compatibility mode.
     
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    I see. They would run under a Win10 32 bit system. But pre-built systems come with Win64.
    Win10/32 still supports NTVDM.

    I'll defer the concept of running what you have under a Virtual Machine to someone else.
     
  5. dtsaudio

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    Thanks, I heard that 32 bit would work, but I'm not going there.
     
  6. Johnny b

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    If your XP is OEM, you'll likely need to buy a new key since you are changing hardware.

    It might be helpful to post the apps used and formats saved in. There might be a current MS app that could open and re-save in a current format, maybe even something in the Linux universe.
     
  7. dtsaudio

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    There's nothing that will replace any of these programs. They are too old and were limited sitribution tech sofware.
    I think my focus right now is going to be getting the huge pile of files off of the old drive and onto the new drive. Mostly they are PDF, DOC, and pictures.
    Once I transfer those I can worry about the old apps.

    I have a SATA to USB adapter. Do these work? I'm not worried about speed, just safety.
     
  8. dlipman

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    Yes. USB to SATA or USB to EIDE/PATA will allow you to access the drive and copy data from it.
    Worse case scenario is you'll have to Take Ownership of the files and folders if you get access denied errors.
     
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