This article shows you the steps to set up Windows XP on a new virtual machine using Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization software.
Windows XP, the successor to Windows NT and Windows 2000, was released by Microsoft 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 better 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 that runs 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 easily 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 need to create an External Switch to include guest machines in your local network before installing a Windows operating system. Using External Switch is more efficient because it is healthier to assign an IP address to the VM from the local DHCP server, as VMs cannot get an IP address from the IP block you use in your local network with the Default Switch. After opening the Virtual Switch Manager tool from the Actions section, you can create the External adapter.
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 are going to 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: In the Network Configuration window, select the External adapter you created for Windows XP.
Step 10: In the Connect Virtual Hard Disk window, you can set the size of the virtual hard disk to 50 GB or higher according to the work you will do 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 and click the Browse button to add the downloaded image file to your computer.
Step 12: Review the settings you have made 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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