When running XP in a virtual PC, the host system is safe — but the XP VPC isn’t. Here’s why.
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Safely running Windows XP in a virtual PC
With Microsoft about to drop support for XP next week, Allan Divor wonders about the ongoing security of XP virtual PCs.
- “Fred Langa has discussed using XP Mode on Windows 7 or running XP in some other VPC software. In another article, he described how to set up a VPC but made no mention of XP Mode.
“Microsoft states: ‘If you continue to use Windows XP or use Windows XP Mode on a Windows 7 PC after support ends, your PC might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses.’
“So, is XP in a VPC or XP Mode safe? Or is it as vulnerable as a standalone XP system?”
When Microsoft drops support for XP, all XP PCs — real or virtual — will become equally vulnerable to newly exploited security flaws.
I’ll say that again. XP running in any virtual PC software — XP Mode, VirtualBox, VMware, Hyper-V, or whatnot — will be just as vulnerable as a real, standalone XP machine.