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Installing & Running Windows Virtual PC


FYI: This MUST be done in internet explorer

  1. Go to: and follow the steps on the webpage
    • (Step 2) Select Operating System and Language
    • (Step 3) Download the files in the order specified – left to right

The first file, Windows XP Mode, may prompt a “Windows Validation Required” warning, just follow the instructions by downloading and running the WindowsActivationUpdate.exe file.

  • Restart the computer after the program runs successfully.

Download WindowsXPMode file –> Save File –> Run

    • Select the predetermined prompts to save to the Program files location
    • Finish the installation by accepting license terms, creating a Password for log in, selecting Automatic Updates, and then start the set-up.
  1. Next download Windows Virtual PC
  2. Download Windows XP Mode update and install any updates that pop up.
  3. Restart Computer

Running XP Mode

  1. Go to Start button –> All Programs –> Windows Virtual PC –> XP Mode then select the program you need to run.