Post by Paul Post by mike Post by SteveGG
Not running 7 Pro, only 7 Home, so probably can't run XP mode. I
thought I'd tried something like it a while back and didn't work, but
I'm probably mistaken. Thanks anyway ...
Again, if you'd post what isn't running, maybe someone could try it
in xp mode for you.
For the long term, upgrading to 7pro might pay more dividends than fixing
your current xp activation problem.
It is very common for people to get fixated on solving one problem
when a fresh look at the OBJECTIVE might open up alternative solutions
There's one more wrinkle. I've had an upgrade to virtualbox
deactivate XP. Same thing has happened when I changed the
amount of RAM allocated to an XP virtual system. I had the key,
so it wasn't a big problem. I've been told that that doesn't happen,
but my XP requesting activation was unmoved by that argument.
If you're dead set on activating your current XP, you'd be far more
likely to find a way to do it in a newsgroup with XP or "crack" in the
WinXP Mode uses Windows Virtual PC and Terminal Services (for screen
rendering). That's different than VPC2007, which just rendered to a
virtual frame buffer.
VirtualBox renders to a virtual frame buffer, and has as an added
bonus, true USB passthru. VirtualBox does intercept at USB packet
level. WinXP Mode, when passthru is supported, is at device
level, and typically works for storage devices (maybe a USB stick).
Whereas VirtualBox, you could run a WinXP era USB scanner or USB
webcam, as the device type doesn't matter. You identify the VID/PID
of the device you want to intercept, and it moves over to the Guest.
And that to me is a benefit of running actual WinXP in VirtualBox.
Instead of the pretend version of WinXP in Windows Virtual PC (on
Win7 Pro or better).
I'd agree. I elected to stay with virtualbox.
I did publish a link to a tutorial on using XP mode via virtualbox.
Don't know if that gives you the best of both worlds or the sum of
the limitations of each. It seems to require an activated version
of XPmode to start.
Best for the OP is difficult to determine because we haven't a clue
what he's attempting to do. If it's one program and a workaround for
seven can be found, that might be best.
Another thing I've done is made my machine running a CAD app
available on the internet and let someone else run it via VNC.
I do most of my linux tinkering via VNC to another host in the
The cleanest thing is to go down to the thrift store and buy
another derelict XP machine and use that. Stick it on the network
and VNC into it. They're cheaper
than dirt. I gave away several a few weeks ago.
Optimum strategy is buried deep in the details.
Post by Paul
And Steves license key could still be kicking around. But the
key isn't going to be useful, if it's a Dell OEM generic key. The
key has value, if it was a retail copy of WinXP that got installed.
Even a backup image of the C: on the discarded PC, could be
used for forensic recovery. But how that OS was installed, gives
you some idea how useful the key will be. Since Steve seems to have
no related materials from the discarded PC, it sounds like he dumped a Dell
box, and that's that. Even the COA on the outside of that, isn't likely
to work on some random Guest VM. The WinXP activation server is now
"relaxed", it's also not "dead" either. It's not going to accept
any random 25 character key.
Do we know what identity virtualbox presents to XP?
Is it the identity of the virtualbox version or the underlying PC?
Most of my XP keys are from stickers on old dell machines.
I can't see any pattern in how MS decides whether to activate.
I've had dell hard drives swapped into asus motherboards and ran just fine.
I've had virtualbox .vdi run in virtualbox on disparate hardware.
I've had XP deactivate on updating virtualbox. I've had XP
deactivate on changing the memory allocation to that VM.
I built an XP virtual machine to host my taxes. I tested it on
several different hardwares with virtualbox. Worked fine.
The whole system worked fine until, one day, it deactivated itself.
I've moved back to plug-in hard drives.