ComTech: IT Support Stirling

Maybe running your old XP programs after April 2014 is not so easy after all

ComTech: IT Support Stirling

I have a client that is running a business critical piece of software on an old XP system.  I had a meeting with them last week about their transition to Windows 7 (they hate Windows 8) and the main point of contention is what happens to this software.  They would like to keep it running (the new subscription for the software is £800 per year so I don’t really blame them) so I suggested virtualizing the XP system and running it on the new Windows 7 system when required.  Sounds like a plan.

Virtualizing the system was pretty straight forward using VMWare P2V Converter and because I tend to use Oracle Virtualbox to run my virtual machines I had to tweak the settings a bit.

NOTE: If anyone is going to run a virtualized XP system on Virtualbox you need to set the IDE Controller as PIIX 4 or you will get blue screens when you try and boot.

Once the virtual machine started it was time to test it and this is when the problems started. The business critical software will not run inside a virtual machine!!  I have come across this with games inside a virtual machine but never commercial software before.  I am guessing it is due to copyright laws but whatever the reason it will not run fullstop.  Even Google couldn’t help on this one.

The clients only options are to run the old system (without internet access) on the network and use it only for this software or stump up the yearly subscription fees.

If you have a piece of XP software you need to keep going past April 2014 then I suggest you check if it can be run inside a virtual machine before you get a nasty surprise when it can’t.

About the Author


Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in Stirling and Falkirk.

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