In this article, we will examine how to run Windows XP in the virtual machine using the program installed on the Microsoft operating system.
How to Use Windows XP Professional on VMware Workstation 15 in PC
As you know, Windows XP was a popular operating system. Microsoft ended Windows XP support in 2014. Therefore, it is best to use a more up-to-date OS on your computer. However, the automation machines used in some institutions or organizations need an older system, such as WinXP, because these machines were built on an old date.
Or, if you are someone who still loves WinXP and want to use it on your computer, it is better to run Microsoft XP on virtual machines. After you install a virtualization program such as VMware, VirtualBox, or Hyper-V on your Windows 10 computer, you can install it on the machine.
In our previous articles, we configured MS WinXP with other virtualization programs. You can find our articles in the links below;
In this article, we will use the VMware Workstation 15 Pro virtualization software to install WinXP on Windows 10.
How to Install Microsoft Windows XP on VM using VM Workstation 15
Install the VMware 15 Pro on your computer before proceeding with the XP installation steps with VMware. Then, download the ISO image for VMware by clicking the button at the bottom of the article.
You can now follow the steps below to run WinXP in VMware software.
After you install VMware 15 Pro on your computer, you must create a new virtual machine for MS XP. To create a new machine in VMware, click Create a New VM.
In the New VM Wizard window, select Custom (Advanced) to continue with the advanced settings and click Next.
You need to select the version of the VMware program you are using in the Choose the VM Hardware Compatibility window. Workstation 15.x will appear here because VMware 15 Pro is installed on your computer.
After you have prepared the virtual computer, select I will install the operating system later and click Next.
In the Select a Guest System window, select Microsoft Windowsbecause you are going to build XP in the virtual pc, and select WinXP Professional in Version and then click Next.
Type the name of the OS that you will set up in the Name the VM window. Storing the VM on a USB 3.0 HDD is important for performance. To do this, click the Browse.
Select your external HDD and create a new folder. Then select the folder named Windows XP that you created and click OK.
After configuring the installation location of the virtual machine, click Next to continue.
In the Processor Configuration window, configure the number of processors based on the hardware features of your computer.
If you have a fast PC and want to set up and use it faster, you can configure 2 processors / 2 cores to the virtual machine.
In the same way, determine the RAM value for the virtual machine based on your computer’s RAM capacity.
If you want to connect to the Internet after the installation, select Bridgedor NATin the Network Type window and click Next.
In the I/O Controller window, click Next to continue with the BusLogicoption selected by default.
In the Select a Disk Type window, continue with the selected IDEoption by default.
You must create a new HDD for installation using VMware on Windows 10. To create a virtual disk, select Create a new disk and click Next.
The recommended disk size for WinXP Professional is 40 GB. However, it is recommended that you configure a 20 GB disk size if you are going to use the VM for simple purposes only.
In addition, to back up the virtual machine disk file as a single file type, select Store virtual disk as a single file and click Next.
In the Specify Disk File window, you can change the name and location of the virtual machine disk file. However, since you can use Windows XP with VMware on a different disk, you do not need to change the option here. Click Next to continue the installation.
Click Customize Hardware in the last step of installation.
In the Hardware settings window, click Processors, and then select Virtualize Intel VT-x/EPT or AMD-V/RVI from the Virtualization Engine section.
Click the CD/DVD device to add the ISO to the VM, and then select the Use ISO image file option and click the Browse button.
Select the Windows XP ISO file for the VMware that you downloaded to your computer and click the Open button.
Click Close to exit the machine hardware settings.
After creating a new virtual computer, click Finish.
To start the installation on Windows 10 using VMware Workstation, you can click the Power on this virtual machine button.
Windows XP setup on VMware started! You can now set up it on the VM step by step.
Do not forget to install VMware Tools after completing the installation steps!
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In this article, we have examined how to setup WinXP step by step using a VMware virtual machine on a desktop or Laptop computer. The using of WinXP on VMware is very easy as you can see. Thanks for following us!
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