Windows XP has been, along with Windows 7, one of the operating systems most loved by users. This system first saw the light of day in 2001, and has been receiving updates and support until 2014, when it finally passed away. Nowadays, this operating system is very limited, and it can even give us security problems. But there are cases in which, yes or yes, we need it. But such an old system can be difficult to install if we don’t meet a number of requirements.
Computer science has changed a lot from the early 2000s to now. Modern computers have much more secure technologies and systems than those of a decade ago. And older operating systems are not compatible with these technologies, so it is most likely that we can not even manage to install the system on the PC. It doesn’t even start the installation in many cases.
In case you have to install a system as old as Windows XP, we can facilitate this task by making sure to comply with a series of requirements and configurations. Although, we remember, it is not a guarantee of success.
How to install Windows XP on a new computer
Of course, the first thing to do is get the Windows XP ISO. Unlike Windows 10, Microsoft does not make it easy for us to download this image, so we must be careful where we download it. If we want to have the least possible compatibility problems, what we must do is download the 64-bit ISO , if possible with the latest Service Pack. This way we can have better compatibility with x64 systems, and, in addition, eliminate the restriction of 4 GB of RAM.
It is also necessary to configure the UEFI of our computer in Legacy mode . If we have functions such as Secure Boot activated, we will not be able to install this OS. It also helps to reduce problems if our motherboard can configure the hard drives in IDE mode instead of SATA mode, since since XP does not have SATA drivers we will have to add them by hand during installation.
Of course, the fewer peripherals we have connected to the computer, the less problems we will have. With a wired keyboard and mouse we shouldn’t have any problems. And, the older the computer hardware, the less compatibility problems we will have: it is not the same to install it on an 11th generation Intel processor than on a 4th generation processor, for example.
To install XP we will need an OS license key , since without it we will not be able to continue the installation. If we do not have it at hand, we can use a generic Windows key, although we will have to activate it with the good key once the system is installed.
If we install Windows XP on a computer and connect it to the network, we must try that this computer is not on the LAN, since it could easily be used as a “link” to reach the rest of the PCs on the network.
Virtual machine: the best possible solution
Installing XP on a new machine is tricky. And the UEFI configuration, if it can, can give us problems with other more modern systems, such as Windows 10. And, to be honest, it is rare to have to install this operating system physically on the PC. Therefore, the best solution is to choose a virtual machine where to install that system.
The virtual machine, which we can create with VMware or VirtualBox , applies a compatibility layer to avoid problems with this system, whatever our hardware. In addition, as the virtual machine is isolated from the rest of the computer, the computer attacks that we will receive (because they will attack us through the many uncorrected vulnerabilities of this OS) will not put our data at risk.