Installing XP Mode in Vista

.Dear Computer Lady,

I am now running Vista on my older computer and an old Pfaff program 3D File Assistant will not run on Vista and will not run on Windows 7 or 8 ( this is the only way to get embroidery designs from my computer to my Pfaff machine) it runs fine on Windows XP so I am thinking of installing virtual Windows XP on my Vista machine and possibly on any new computer that I might have to purchase in the future.

Are there any reasons for not doing this?

I am fairly computer literate and this is something I think I can do, but I have never done before so I don’t know the pitfalls.

I think your newsletter is great, I have learned a lot.
Thanks, Priscilla

Dear Priscilla,

Before you decide to use Windows XP mode in Windows Virtual PC, you need to make sure your computer meets the system requirements, otherwise it won’t work correctly even though you might be able to download and install them.

According to the Microsoft website, you need to be running Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate edition. Windows 7 Home edition won’t work.

I did however, find a website with excellent directions for installing Virtual PC on Vista at:
http://lifehacker.com/238071/geek-to-live–run-windows-xp-inside-vista-with-virtual-pc

This should allow you to continue to use your embroidery software, but remember that the virtual XP will not be updated after April 8th either. I would suggest that you only run the virtual XP when you need to, and disconnect from the internet while using it.

Elizabeth

 

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    • DiggerP
    • March 27, 2014

    Hi Priscilla,

    This is a follow-up on my previous post.
    While this doesn’t address nor negates my suggestions about
    the use of VPC, it does address your underlying core question
    about the Pfaff 3D Embroidery Application.

    I think you’ll find the info in the links below very interesting

    3D Embroidery (Update for Windows 7 Users)
    http://www.secretsof.com/wp/?p=1433

    Husqvarna Viking
    http://www.secretsof.com/wp/?cat=11

    Installing 3D with Vista/Windows 7
    http://www.secretsof.com/wp/?p=1899

    Installing Husqvarna 3D Embroidering on Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8
    http://www.joeldare.com/wiki/installing_husqavarna_3d_embroidery_on_windows_vista

    In case some links ion the above page don’t work, the page below does work
    3D Embroidery System Software Updates
    http://www.vsmsoftware.net/Registration/3D/Updates.htm

    As of my writing 2014-03-27 -all download links are valid and working.

    Peter E

    • DiggerP
    • March 27, 2014

    Hi Priscilla,

    This is a follow-up on my previous post.
    While this doesn’t address nor negates my suggestions about
    the use of VPC, it does address your underlying core question
    about the Pfaff 3D Embroidery Application.

    I think you’ll find the info in the links below very interesting

    3D Embroidery (Update for Windows 7 Users)
    http://www.secretsof.com/wp/?p=1433

    Husqvarna Viking
    http://www.secretsof.com/wp/?cat=11

    Installing 3D with Vista/Windows 7
    http://www.secretsof.com/wp/?p=1899

    Installing Husqvarna 3D Embroidering on Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8
    http://www.joeldare.com/wiki/installing_husqavarna_3d_embroidery_on_windows_vista

    In case some links ion the above page don’t work, the page below does work
    3D Embroidery System Software Updates
    http://www.vsmsoftware.net/Registration/3D/Updates.htm

    As of my writing 2014-04-27 -all download links are valid and working.

    Peter E

    • DiggerP
    • March 24, 2014

    Priscila,

    As usual ,Elizabeth gave some excellent advice, but unfortunately some discrepancies have crept in.

    I’ll offer some additional info that will make the process easier for you.

    1.The first thing you can try is to install the Pfaff program in Compatibility Mode
    a)Right-click the installer (setup.exe or similar)
    b)Select Properties.
    c)In the “Properties sheet” , locate the section Compatibility Mode.
    d)From the dropdown menu select XP. For the time being
    don’t change screen reslutions just yet.See how it works
    If necessary install as Administrator.

    If you want to proceed with the installation of Virtual PC,
    you could do that too ,but in my experience not necessary ,although
    useful for some applications, but don’t follow the link given via the
    lifehacker.com link to get VPC.
    That will take you to Windows XP Mode for Win 7.

    Use the folllowing links instead:*
    Virtual PC 2007
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=4580

    * There was a funcionalty update ,so you may want to use the link below:
    Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=24439

    Don’t pay attention to the description by M$ that leaves out Vista Home Premium or Basic.Just another of M$’s misleading descriptions,see
    http://geeks.lockergnome.com/forum/topics/virtual-pc-2007-on-vista-home

    Here are some excellent instructions
    http://arcanecode.com/2006/09/20/virtual-pc-step-by-step/
    http://arcanecode.wordpress.com/2008/04/10/virtual-pc-2007-step-by-step-the-video/
    http://arcanecode.wordpress.com/2008/04/21/virtual-pc-2007-step-by-step-the-advanced-settings-video/
    On these pages are links to download the videos to keep on your computer and consult them as you need.

    Don’t worry about the end of support for XP.
    The sky will not fall ,nor will you be infected with 1000’s of viruses.
    There’s way too much fearmongering about this.

    Use a good AV program, but above of all ,use a “sandboxed” browser
    with the help of eg. Sandboxie http://www.sandboxie.com/

    With VPC 2007 – Always run the copy of your fully prepared VHD.
    If there’s a problem ,delete the whole infected VHD and use a clean copy.

    If you want more info you can contact me via Elizabeth.

    Peter E

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