XP Mode in Windows 8

Dear computer lady,

Is Windows XP Mode available for Windows 8?

Thank you in advance for your help.


Dear Ren,

Unfortunately, Microsoft has decided not to develop Windows XP mode for Windows 8.

Since extended support for XP will end in April 2014, it does not make sense for them to continue to develop it.

If you are using software or hardware that depends on XP mode to run, you are better off sticking with Windows 7 for now, but keep in mind that you will have to upgrade eventually and move to a newer software or hardware platform that will work with Windows 8 or even the next Microsoft operating system.


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    • Barbie1943
    • December 8, 2012

    I am fighting with Win 8 right now. The learning curve is sharp and steep. My advice is take very good care of your Win 7 computer or save your money for a Mac. Apple won this war.

    • geiser
    • December 10, 2012

    Windows 8 apparently has a feature called Hyper V That will allow you to do things like the XP mode in Windows 7. It’s not activated by default. You can activate it by searching the settings charm for “features” and activate Hyper V. It says not all computers are capable of using this feature but you could give it a try. This was in an article in PCworld called “5 excellent uses of Windows 8 Hyper-V” by Serdar Yegulalp. Good luck.

    • davidjroth2002
    • December 12, 2012

    You missed the painfully obvious reason for MS not continuing support for XP either by supporting XP directly or by proxy by including an XP mode in Win8. When 2000, ME, and Vista came along, millions of business computers were left running those older OS’s to save money on the upgrades that might not be compatible with their legacy applications. XP was a solid OS that ran business apps. Win8 is an unknown that MS has already admitted will not support many legacy apps. This is Microsoft’s way of forcing industrial PC users to upgrade – at the cost of millions of dollars in Microsoft’s pocket. Business owners are already saying they won’t upgrade to this glorified telephone OS because of the upgrade costs not only for the OS, but for the hardware and soon to come productivity apps that somply won’t run under XP or even Win7.

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