How to Install XP Software on Windows 7

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The Windows 7 operating system is built for compatibility with previous Windows systems. Windows 7 runs most Windows XP programs without any additional hassle. However, some programs tailored to Windows XP can be difficult to install on a Windows 7 system. For these programs, Windows 7 has a feature called Windows XP Mode. This allows users to run a virtual copy of Windows XP on their Windows 7 machine and install an XP program for maximum compatibility.

Instructions

  1. Click on the "Start" button. Click "Windows Virtual PC."

  2. Click "Windows XP Mode."

  3. Insert the installation disc for your Windows XP program and install it. Or double-click on the installation file of the program from its place on your computer's hard drive to install it.

  4. Close the window displaying XP Mode when the program is finished installing.

  5. Click the "Start" button again. Click "Windows Virtual PC."

  6. Click "Windows XP Mode Applications" to display the newly installed program.

  7. Click on the program to run it.

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