In this article, we will install Windows XP step by step on a virtual machine using Microsoft’s virtualization software.
How to Install Windows XP using Hyper-V
Windows XP was released by Microsoft on October 20, 2001, and is the most widely used operating system in computer history. Windows XP uses NT technology and micro-kernel architecture. There are also several versions of Windows XP. These versions;
Windows XP Professional
Windows XP Home
Windows XP Media Center (MCE)
Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
Windows XP Starter Edition
Windows XP Home Edition (Ultra Low Cost PC)
Nowadays, Windows XP is almost never used. Because Microsoft terminated Windows XP support on April 8, 2014. Therefore, it will no longer receive new updates.
The following image describes the Windows XP end date;
You can find the article about the Windows XP end date announced by Microsoft here.
Although Windows XP support has ended, some system administrators use this operating system to perform more efficiently in the test environment. In addition, you can install the Windows XP operating system using one of the virtualization programs, such as VMware, VirtualBox.
In this article, we will install Windows XP on the virtual machine using the HyperV Manager virtualization program on the Windows 10 operating system.
In our previous articles, we also installed Windows operating systems with Hyper-V;
How to Install Windows XP with Hyper-V on Windows 10
Before proceeding with the installation steps, if you don’t have Hyper-V installed on your system, you can check out our Windows 10 Hyper-V Setup. You can also install Hyper-V software using the Powershell and CMD command prompt.
To install Microsoft WinXP with Hyper-V, follow the steps below.
First, run Hyper-V Manager on your system.
Continue by clicking New / Virtual Machine from the Actions area.
Type a name for the virtual machine to install. Also, if you want to store the virtual machine in a different location, select Store the virtual machine in a different location.
After determining the virtual machine location, click Next to continue.
Select Generation 1 and click Next.
Specify the RAM value for the Windows XP virtual pc. For example, you can specify 2 GB (2048) of RAM for the virtual machine.
Set the HDD size for the virtual machine.
Add the Windows XP ISO file by clicking the Browse button, and then click the Next button.
NOTE: You can download the Windows XP ISO file to your computer by clicking the button at the bottom of the article.
The summary information for the virtual pc you created is as follows. Click Finish to continue.
In Hyper-V Manager, right-click on XP and click Connect.
To start the Windows XP virtual machine, click the Start button as follows.
Setup is checking the hardware configuration of your pc.
Windows XP installation starts.
The first step in installing a Windows XP virtual machine is as follows. Click the Enter button to continue the installation.
Press F8 to accept the Windows XP operating system license agreement.
The following image lists the HDD that you are allocating for the Windows XP machine. Press C (Create Partition) to make the Hard Disk ready for installation.
If you want to use the automatically allocated size, press Enter to make the entire disk available.
The Hard Disk is now ready for installation. Press Enter when C: is highlighted.
Format the Hard Disk to the desired file system. It usually continues with the option in the image below. To format the disk using the NTFS file system (Quick) option, press Enter.
Setup is formatting the virtual HDD …
After formatting Hard Disk, the files will copy.
The virtual machine will restart after the setup files have copied. If you do not want to wait for 15 seconds, press Enter to restart the virtual machine.
Starting Windows XP …
The installation will take approximately 39 minutes. This may vary depending on the features of your computer.
Configure the region and language settings and click Next.
Type a user name for your operating system, and then click Next.
Specify the computer name for the operating system and continue the installation.
Configure your date and time settings.
Saving the Windows XP settings.
Opening Windows XP system …
The operating system will automatically configure the display settings. Click OK to continue.
The screen resolution is automatically adjusted. Click OK to continue.
The Windows welcome window will be displayed and click Next to continue.
To configure the automatic update settings at a later time, select Not right now and click Next.
In the “Who will use this computer” window, type your user name again and click Next.
The WinXP installation was successfully completed and is now ready for use. Click Finish to continue.
Preparing WinXP desktop …
The XP system opened, and its desktop view is as follows.
Click on My Computer / Properties to display Windows XP features.
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In this article, we have installed the Windows XP Professional system using Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization program on the Windows 10 operating system. Thanks for following us!