This article shows you the steps to run Windows XP in a new virtual machine using VMware Fusion 12 Pro on macOS operating system on a Mac.
You can follow this video tutorial or the steps below to prepare a virtual computer and install a clean Windows XP on your Mac computer.
Step 1: After installing the VMware Fusion virtualization software on your Mac, select Create a custom virtual machine in the virtual machine installation methods options and click Continue.
Step 2: Select Windows XP Professional x64 in the Guest operating system selection window and click Continue again.
Step 3: Since Windows XP is an old system, tick Legacy BIOS in the Firmware type selection window and continue.
Step 4: Continue with Create a new virtual disk for a clean Windows XP installation in the virtual disk selection window.
Step 5: In the summary information window of the virtual machine, click Customize Settings to better configure the virtual hardware settings.
Step 6: In the window that opens, select an external location where you want to save your virtual computer or click Save to confirm the default location.
Step 7: When the settings of the Windows XP guest machine are opened, click Processors & Memory and add 4 virtual processors to your virtual system. Assign a memory size of 2 GB or higher to your VM according to the RAM capacity of your Mac computer.
Step 8: In the Network Adapter settings, select the type of network adapter as Ethernet. You can connect to your host’s local network using Ethernet on a Windows XP guest machine. Also, in the same window, click Advanced Options and check the IOMMU feature for better RAM management.
Step 9: Finally, click on the CD/DVD (SATA) device and add the Windows XP Professional x64 SP1 ISO file you downloaded to your macOS operating system to the virtual machine.
Step 10: Close the settings of the Windows XP virtual machine and run your guest machine in the Fusion program and start the installation.
Step 11: After installing Windows XP on your Mac, click Virtual Machine / Install VMware Tools in the Fusion tool menu and install VMware Tools.
Step 12: After completing the VMware Tools installation on your XP virtual system, restart your virtual computer.
Step 13: After installing VMware Tools, you can fit the screen resolution of Windows XP guest machine to full screen and transfer files between host and VM.
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