Importing Windows 7 XP Mode as a virtual machine in Workstation
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Importing Windows 7 XP Mode as a virtual machine in Workstation


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VMware Desktop Hypervisor


This article provides steps to import Windows 7 XP Mode as a virtual machine in VMware Workstation.


VMware Workstation Pro 15.x (Windows)
VMware Workstation 10.x (Windows)
VMware Workstation 7.x (Windows)
VMware Workstation Pro 14.x (for Windows)
VMware Workstation 9.x (Windows)
VMware Workstation 8.x (Windows)


Starting with VMware Workstation 7, XP Mode in Windows 7 can be imported into Workstation as an independent virtual machine.

XP Mode is available only in these Windows versions:
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
Note: Windows XP Mode must be installed on the host operating system before importing, so that the option to import is available.

To import XP Mode:
  1. Open VMware Workstation.
  2. Click File > Import Windows XP Mode VM. VMware Workstation should now begin importing and configuring the XP Mode virtual machine to work with VMware Workstation.
  3. After the import completes, power on the imported virtual machine using the new Windows XP Mode entry in the Workstation library.
  4. When the virtual machine is powered on, install VMware Tools. For more information, see General VMware Tools installation instructions (1014294).
The imported XP Mode virtual machine should not require activation.
If you are prompted for activation:
  1. Shut down the XP Mode virtual machine, if it is powered on.
  2. Locate the virtual machine files. For more information, see Locating a hosted virtual machine's files (1003880).
  3. Open the .vmx file using a text editor.
  4. Add this line to the file:

    xpmode.enabled = "TRUE"
  5. Save and close the .vmx file. The virtual machine should no longer require activation.
There are limitations to using XP Mode in Workstation:
  • The XP mode virtual machine can only be run on a host that supports XP Mode natively.
  • Only one XP Mode virtual machine can run on the host at a time.

Additional Information

If you have not imported a third-party virtual machine or virtualized a physical machine in Workstation Pro, Workstation installs VMware vCenter Converter Standalone. After the installation is finished, you must restart the import.

Note: Clicking on File > Import does not work.

To import, perform these steps:
  1. In Workstation, click File > Open
  2. Select the virtual machine configuration (.vmc) file and click Open.
  3. Enter the new virtual machine.
  4. Go to the directory for the virtual machine files and click Import
After importing the Windows XP Mode virtual machine successfully, a new virtual machine appears in the virtual machine library.Locating a hosted virtual machine's files
How to install VMware Tools
Windows 7 の XP Mode を Workstation に仮想マシンとしてインポートする