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How to retrieve data from a Windows XP Mode virtual machine on Windows 8 or Windows 10

Summary
With the end of extended support for Windows XP in April 2014, Microsoft has decided not to develop Windows XP Mode for Windows 8 and above.  If you’re a Windows 7 customer who uses Windows XP Mode and are planning a move to Windows 8 or Windows 10, this article may be helpful to you.  

When you upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 or Windows 10, Windows XP Mode is installed on your machine, however Windows Virtual PC is not present anymore. This issue occurs because Windows Virtual PC is not supported on Windows 8 and above. To retrieve data from the Windows XP Mode virtual machine, perform the steps listed in the More Information section.
More information
You can retrieve data from the Windows XP Mode virtual machine by using one of the following methods:

Method 1: Mount the virtual hard disk that was attached to the Windows XP Mode virtual machine, and then extract the data from the mounted drive:

To do this, follow the steps below:
  1. On the Windows 8 or Windows 10 machine, locate your Windows XP Mode virtual hard disk

    The default location is: %LocalAppData%/Microsoft/Windows Virtual PC/Virtual Machines/Windows XP Mode.vhd) 
  2. Right-click the virtual hard disk and click Mount.
  3. The contents of the virtual hard disk will appear as a local drive on the Windows 8 PC, (e.g., G:\). 
  4. Locate data that needs to be extracted, and copy the data to another location. 
  5. To unmount the virtual hard disk, right-click the new local drive, (e.g., G:\) and click Eject.
  6. Uninstall Windows XP Mode when all data has been retrieved.


Method 2: Copy the Windows XP Mode virtual hard disks to another Windows 7 machine, and use Windows Virtual PC to run the virtual machine and extract the data from the virtual machine:

To do this, follow the steps below:
  1. Copy your Windows XP Mode virtual hard disk (Default location: %LocalAppData%/Microsoft/Windows Virtual PC/Virtual Machines/Windows XP Mode.vhd), and the base virtual hard disk (default location: %ProgramFiles%\Windows XP Mode\Windows XP Mode base.vhd) from the Windows 8 or Windows 10 PC to another Windows 7 PC. 
  2. Ensure the base disk is copied to the exact same location as it existed on the previous Windows 7 PC, (e.g., C:\Program Files\Windows XP Mode\Windows XP Mode base.vhd) 
  3. Create a new virtual machine with Windows Virtual PC and point to your Windows XP Mode virtual hard disk as the disk for the new virtual machine. 
  4. Start the virtual machine, login, and copy any required data from the virtual machine to another location. 
  5. Delete the virtual machine, and uninstall Windows XP Mode when all data is retrieved.

Note: The Windows XP Mode virtual hard disk will not work on Windows 8 and above as Windows 8 does not provide the Windows XP Mode license. The Windows XP Mode license is a benefit provided on Windows 7 only.
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Article ID: 2724115 - Last Review: 01/08/2016 00:10:00 - Revision: 7.0

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