For XP users searching for ways to preserve their setups after XP’s impending “end of life,” using a virtual PC is an almost effortless solution.
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How to preserve Windows XP in a virtual PC
While planning an upgrade to a more current Windows version, reader Ian Mawer is also exploring virtual PCs as a way to keep an XP setup handy.
- “With Windows XP set to reach end-of-life in April, how do you create a full, custom, setup disk — with all appropriate updates added — for use in a virtual machine?”
Using a virtual PC (VPC) is a great idea, Ian. It’s actually the simplest and easiest way I know to create and preserve a fully up-to-date XP setup.
Best of all, you don’t need a custom setup disk to do it!
Each VPC keeps the operating system, apps, and data on a virtual hard drive, which is really just a special type of disk-image file. Backing up and preserving a VPC is as simple as copying its virtual hard-drive file and saving it to a safe location.