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    'XP Mode' and legacy virtual machines in Win10


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    'XP Mode' and legacy virtual machines in Win10


    By Fred Langa

    Upgrading from Windows 7 to Win10 has caused problems for some users of XP Mode and similar virtual PCs.

    Plus: How to ensure your Setup/Install/Repair media are current, and two more options for accessing Win10's Safe Mode.

    The full text of this column is posted at windowssecrets.com/langalist-plus/xp-mode-and-legacy-virtual-machines-in-win10/ (opens in a new window/tab).

    Columnists typically cannot reply to comments here, but do incorporate the best tips into future columns.

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    Unfortunately, the trick of restoring a XP Mode VPC to a newly created VPC in Win10 does not work. At least, it didn't work when I tried it nor did it work for a few others.

    There was a long thread on this in the forum some time back. The XP Mode VPC is non-standard in several ways. Not the least of which is the fact that it's tied to the Win7 license in some way. It is possible to move the VPC from a Win7 computer to a Win10 but it won't activate. I've read that you can activate it once it's moved using a retail XP license, but that didn't work for me.
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    Wondering if there is a way to tell which build is on the burned installation disc? If I follow the process you outlined here ("This is not an onerous chore; the Win10 Media Creation Tool (MCT) can make it almost a background task. Here’s how:"), does it automatically burn the version I have installed on my computer, or does it burn the latest version MS has made available?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmruzicka
    Wondering if there is a way to tell which build is on the burned installation disc?
    Have a look at How to see which build and edition of Windows 10 the iso file contains.

    The MCT downloads the latest version MS has made available.

    PS - IMO creating a bootable USB is better (providing your device can boot from USB). USBs have much faster 'read' speeds than DVDs so installation of Windows 10 is faster as a result.

    Hope this helps...
    Last edited by Rick Corbett; 2016-08-27 at 17:58.

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