I have tried it, but prefer to use VMware Player. I do remember I never installed Windows XP Mode to get it to work. I have compiled the steps you need to take to get it to work even on Home or Premium. Everything used is a free product and doesn't require any kind of account. If you have trouble getting this to work feel free to PM me and I will give you my Skype info. This will allow you to share your screen with me.
- There are no restrictions to download Windows XP Mode itself
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download ... px?id=8002
Note: the only "garbage" not contained in the N version is Windows Media player.
- Once downloaded if you have Home or Premium it will not let you install it, but you don't need to install it.
- Download and install 7-zip
- Using 7-zip you can extract the files from within the EXE container.
- Once extracted you will find a file called xpm (no extension) in \source.
- Rename xpm add extension .rar ( xpm.rar )
Note: Make sure file extensions are not hidden on your system.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/wind ... =windows-7
- Use 7-zip to extract the files from the xpm.rar you just created
- Within those new files you will find VirtualXPVHD (no extension)
- Rename VirtualXPVHD add extension .vmdk ( VirtualXPVHD.vmdk )
- Install VMware Player https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/free#d ... player/6_0
- Run VMware Player
- Click Create a New Virtual Machine
- Select "I will install the operating system later" and click next
- Guest operating system: Microsoft Windows
- Version: Windows XP Professional
- Virtual machine name: VirtualXPVHD
- Location: Mine is G:\VMware\VirtualXPVHD
- The "Maximum disk size (GB):" doesn't matter, leave it at 40 GB
Note: The HD of this virtual machine is 127 GB but that is not how much space it will use on your physical HD. After we are done it will have an initial size of 1.8 GB. There will be quite a few updates and this will increase your filesize to about 2 GB. If you are just using this for VGA Planets it will remain around that size.
- Click Finish
- Navigate to \VMware\VirtualXPVHD and delete the existing vmdk file ONLY
- Copy the file you added the vmdk extension to earlier to this same directory.
Note: It is important that both the vmdk file you delete and the one you are putting in its place are named exactly the same.
- Right Click the VirtualXPVHD.vmx
file and choose Open with (If you have Edit with Notepad ++ choose that instead)
- Click the Other Programs, Uncheck "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file" then double click Notepad.
- Scroll to the bottom and add
xpmode.enabled = "TRUE"
- Save the file
- Go back to VMware Player and click XP-Mode, then Click Play virtual machine
- Your mouse will not work. Your keyboard will. We will fix the mouse later, but we cannot right now. You will need to continue using TAB, Arrow Keys, Spacebar, and Enter keys to navigate through the setup windows.
Note: If you get stuck in the VM window use CTRL + SHIFT to phase away from the Guest OS window.
- When this stage is finished you will get a black screen. When this happens click Player in the upper left and hover over Power, then select Restart Guest, then click Yes.
- Continue to use the keyboard.
- If Internet Explorer opens press ALT + F4 to close it.
- If new hardware is found Cancel them.
- If a help window opens press ALT + F4 to close it.
- After you have configure automatic updates you will see the XP desktop. Time to get the mouse to work.
- Hit the Windows key on your keyboard, this brings up the Start Menu
- Use the up arrow key to highlight Run... and then press Enter
- Type appwiz.cpl then press Enter
- Use down arrow to highlight Virtual PC Integration Components, press TAB to select Remove, press Enter to initiate the Uninstall.
- Once prompted to Restart select Yes. You will have another black screen.
- Click Player in the upper left and hover over Power, then select Restart Guest, then click Yes
- Your Mouse will now work and Restarts no longer halt at a black screen.
- Login. Cancel any Hardware Found windows that may open.
- Click Player in the upper left and hover over Manage, then select Update VMware Tools.... choosing the Typical option will suffice.
- Once the installation is complete choose the option to restart.
You now have a XP Pro 32 bit Virtual Machine.
Edit: I see you get your laptop back tomorrow ... oh well I guess if anyone else wants to follow these directions I can help them as well. This was more a proof of concept for me than anything else really.