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Dec 19, 2017 - 1 minute read - Comments - Windows

Windows XP 32-bit SP3 Virtual Machines

There used to be Windows XP virtual machines on modern.ie. I still have a couple of copies around for testing. Unfortunately after XP going out of support, they were removed. But the copies used to be on Azure CDN (credit /u/JoshBrodieNZ. Seems like they recently removed them too.

There’s still a way to get Windows XP 32-bit VMs from Microsoft (no 64-bit) through Windows XP mode. It contains a VHD (virtual hard disk) with a 32-bit Windows XP SP3.

  1. Download Microsoft XP Mode from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=8002.
  2. Using 7-zip or any other utility decompress the exe.
  3. Inside sources, there’s another file called xpm. Decompress it too. With 7-zip, right click on it and select “Extract to … .”
  4. One of the extracted files is VirtualXPVHD and around 1.2 GB. Rename it to VirtualXP.vhd.
  5. In VirtualBox (or any other virtualization software that supports importing VHDs), create a new Windows XP 32-bit VM and use this file as the hard disk. When you start the VM, it will start a Windows XP setup. My mouse did not work, but you can use shortcut keys to navigate the installer (e.g. Alt+N for Next).
  6. ???
  7. Profit.

For a step by step guide with pictures, check this post from howtogeek.com.

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