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Old 03-07-2019, 01:51 PM   #1
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I have a brand new Windows 10 computer just set up. However I have some old technical software that I need to run. I have been previously using it on an XP computer.

Is it possible to take the hard drive out of the old computer and set it up to run as a virtual machine using the existing XP and the installed programs?


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Old 03-08-2019, 05:29 AM   #2
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I think the best way to do it is to just set up VirtualBox or any other VM software and simply install XP in it.

There isn't a lot of material online related to your question, so unless you can find anything on the documentation of your VM software, just do as I said before.

The only problem I see with my proposal would be that you don't have a way to install XP.

Is the software you are trying to run incompatible with W10? Have you tried running it in compatibility mode?
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These are 16 bit programs. They are compatible with my 64 bit W10.

I may do just as you say. I have an unopened XP install disc set, so as long as the reg key works, I'm okay.
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Why bother with XP if they are compatible with W10?
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Should have read NOT compatible
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Should have read NOT compatible
Then the best way is to install it again. You could also dual-boot, as long as you don't need to run both OSs simultaneously. If you don't, running a VM is a waste of resources.
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Then the best way is to install it again. You could also dual-boot, as long as you don't need to run both OSs simultaneously. If you don't, running a VM is a waste of resources.

You sir are a genius. Nobody has ever mentioned this before.
I will never have to use both OS at the same time, and only need the XP programs a few times a week.
Now I just need to find out how to do it (simply).
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You sir are a genius. Nobody has ever mentioned this before.
I will never have to use both OS at the same time, and only need the XP programs a few times a week.
Now I just need to find out how to do it (simply).
Try this: https://www.tenforums.com/installati...-best-way.html

If you can't do that maybe you could look into installing GRUB and using it to dual-boot.
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