Do you happen to own a Windows 8 computer? If you did answer in the affirmative, then chances are pretty good you have a spanking new machine there, or you have a souped up computer that is more than capable of handling the different rigors offered by Microsoft’s Windows 8. Well, here is another novel way of using Windows 8 in a fun manner – to have it run Windows XP in a window, now how about that? Some might think of it to be a case of “Win-ception”, pardon the pun, but basically, we are just talking about firing up Windows XP in window, thanks to Lifehacker who has already posted instructions concerning Microsoft’s Windows XP mode utility that will see you grab a fully functional Windows XP disk image, where upon installation, you can run it in Oracle’s free VirtualBox utility.
The Windows XP Mode is a special tool that was designed to allow Windows 7 users to run Windows XP apps in a virtual environment, and as at press time, it has yet to be supported in an official manner by Windows 8. Good thing the path to redemption is not that difficult, as all that is required of you is to download the Windows 7 utility, extract the Windows XP disk image, rename it, and open it in VirtualBox.
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