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Virtual XP under Windows 7 Home

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by DCLeadboot, Apr 17, 2010.

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  1. DCLeadboot

    DCLeadboot Thread Starter

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    Hi there,

    I'm not sure if there's a thread dealing with this directly, but I'm running Window 7 Home Premium on my computer here.
    However, while my new system is largely capable of handling a lot of the programs I used to be able run under my old WinXP system, there are at least two games that are not compatible - Asterix & Obelix XXL 1 & 2.
    Atari says that Windows7 just isn't compatible, so there's not much to be done there.
    Still, there is one solution I can think of - and that is running a Virtual XP that is supposed to handle the old programs in the old way.
    My problem? I have Windows 7 Home - and Microsoft won't let me download their Virtual XP simulation thing unless I shell out and pay for an upgrade to Professional. I don't really want to do this - I can't really afford it, and for just two games it's not really worth the money.
    So my question is - how can I run a Virtual XP running under Win7 Home, without upgrading?
     
  2. DoubleHelix

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    Games don't run well in virtual environments because they don't utilize your physical hardware in the same way. In any case, in order to run Windows XP in a virtual environment without using Windows XP Mode, you need a full, unused, retail (not a previously used OEM) licensed copy. Do you have that?
     
  3. DCLeadboot

    DCLeadboot Thread Starter

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    Unfortunately, the only version of XP I had before was what was already set up on the old computer - we never did manage to get hold of a standalone copy... ^^;
     
  4. DVOM

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    I think if you google "xp mode windows 7 home premium" you'll find out how to accomplish what you're after. Also, you might consider running xp mode with VMware Player, which I have done and it works pretty well.
     
  5. antech

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    Is the current version of windows legal?
     
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