How to Install Windows XP using Hyper-V

This article shows how to install Windows XP on a new virtual machine using Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization software.

Microsoft released Windows XP, the successor to Windows NT and Windows 2000, on October 21, 2001.

Windows XP is an operating system that offers multitasking support for computers with 32-bit and 64-bit processors. This system has better graphics, security, reliability, ease of use, and performance.

Microsoft released Windows XP Home Edition for home users and Windows XP Professional Edition for business and professional users.

In addition to providing better support for computer hardware, Windows XP offers users a higher quality user interface than previous systems in terms of ease of use.

Although Microsoft has released new systems of Windows, there are still home and business users using the XP system today. If you are still using a program on XP, running it on a physical computer may cause system security vulnerabilities. Therefore, you can enable Hyper-V on an up-to-date operating system such as Windows 10 and run XP efficiently by following this video or the steps below.

Step 1: To install Hyper-V virtualization software on your Windows 10 computer, open the Turn Windows Features On or Off tool in the search bar, select the Hyper-V option, click OK, and restart your computer after the necessary files are installed.

Step 2: After running Hyper-V in the start menu, you must create an External Switch to include guest machines in your local network before installing a Windows operating system. External Switch is more efficient because assigning an IP address to the VM from the local DHCP server is healthier, as VMs cannot get an IP address from the IP block you use in your local network with the Default Switch. You can create the External adapter after opening the Virtual Switch Manager tool from the Actions section.

Step 3: After opening the Virtual Switch Manager, select External and click the Create Virtual Switch button to create the adapter, and then select the Ethernet or Wi-Fi adapter of your physical computer in the External Network setting and click OK to close the window.

Step 4: After configuring the external adapter, click Actions / New / Virtual Machine to start the virtual machine creation wizard.

Step 5: Click Next to continue creating a manual virtual computer in the Before You Begin window.

Step 6: In the Specify Name and Location window, type the name of the Windows operating system you will install and click the Browse button to back up the VM to an external disk, then specify the location on your external storage device.

Step 7: In the Specify Generation window, select Generation 1, which supports BIOS firmware to install older operating systems such as Windows XP.

Step 8: In the Assign Memory window, assign a suitable size to the Windows XP virtual computer according to the RAM capacity of your host. If you are going to run a virtual machine other than XP in HyperV, you can enable Dynamic Memory for better memory management. But if you use only one guest OS, do not use Dynamic Memory and assign a fixed size of 4096 MB (4 GB) to the VM.

Step 9: Select the External adapter you created for Windows XP in the Network Configuration window.

Step 10: In the Connect Virtual Hard Disk window, you can set the virtual hard disk size to 50 GB or higher according to your work in your virtual system.

Step 11: In the Installation Options window, select Install an operating system from a bootable image file to add the Windows XP ISO file to the virtual machine. Click the Browse button to add the downloaded image file to your computer.

Step 12: Review your settings on the virtual machine in the summary window and close the wizard.

Step 13: After creating the Windows XP virtual computer, open its settings and set the virtual processor number to 4 or higher according to the hardware power of your server.

Step 14: Finally, connect to Windows XP and click the Start button to start the installation.

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