How to Run Windows XP for Free in Windows 8 / Lifehacker

Microsoft gave Windows 7 users a way to run older applications via Windows XP Mode. With Windows 8, however, that mode is no longer officially supported, and if you want to run Windows XP in a virtual machine, you need the license for it. Lifehacker reader Miloš, however, has found a workaround.

He discovered that within the free WindowsXPMode_en-us.exe file, there’s a VirtualXPVHD file containing the Windows XP virtual machine, which you can open in VirtualBox — via Lifehacker

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