XP mode

Why can't Microsoft assist with a Windows 7 issue that has not been resolved in the three weeks since I installed the OS?  Microsoft support has not yet found a resolution to my efforts of getting XP Mode to work on my computer.


1. I have installed Windows 7 Professional in 64 bit on a new 1tb hard drive.


2. Virtualization is turned ON in BIOS.


3. I am running a 3.22 Intel CPU.  My RAM is 4gb.


4. I have downloaded, installed and uninstalled XP Mode AND Windows Virtual PC at least a dozen times over the past three weeks.


5. I am the administrator and ONLY user of this machine.


Yet every time I attempt to install XP Mode, I always get a pop-up window that says: "The virtual machine configuration could not be created.  User does not have sufficient access right."   The Windows 7 forums have not helped.  Does anyone at Microsoft have any ideas how to fix this program?


Everything else (except a few dated drivers) on Windows 7 appears to be working perfectly.


A frustrated and desperate client in Ohio.


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Question Info

Last updated March 24, 2018 Views 438 Applies to:

Hi chuckie7,

·         Right click on the program and select “run as administrator” and check if it helps.

Windows XP Mode is only available in Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 7 Professional, and Windows 7 Ultimate.

Supported guest (virtual machine) 32-bit only operating system:

Windows XP

·         Virtual Applications feature is supported only on Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) Professional

Windows Vista

·         Virtual Applications feature is supported only on Windows Vista Enterprise and Windows Vista Ultimate

Windows 7

·         Virtual Applications feature is supported only on Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate

Run the virtual machine manager configuration analyzer. Here’s the link:


For more information about Windows XP Mode in Windows 7, visit this link:


Additional information:

1.       http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/scvmm/bb871039.aspx

2.    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd582361(WS.10).aspx


I would also suggest you to turn on the IIS service from the Windows features menu, to install IIS follow the steps below:

1.       Click the Start button , click Control Panel, click Programs, and then click Turn Windows features on or off.  If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

2.       In the list of Windows features, select Internet Information Services, and then click OK.

Install Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.5


If you still face issues, I would suggest you to create a new user account and then try installing the XP mode and check.

Create a user account

It would be good if you create an administrator account while creating a new account.


Hope this information is helpful.

Please let us know if you require further help.


Rehman - Microsoft Support

John Rubdy
Forum Moderator | Microsoft Community

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