How To Activate An XP Mode VM On Windows 10

Updated about 1 yr, 8 mths ago (March 8, 2018). Know a better answer? Let me know!

How to activate an XP Mode VM on Windows 10

You are running Windows 10 and you want keep using an XP Mode virtual machine after its activation has expired.

Windows XP Mode only works under Windows 7. If you need to run XP on Windows 10, you should start from scratch with a new XP install and a valid XP licence key.

However, if you are one of the many people who have an XP Mode virtual machine and need to continue using it for some reason, this is one way to achieve that.

Warning: this may violate the XP Mode licensing agreement.

There are many ways to run an XP VM on Windows 10. One way is to use Oracle VM VirtualBox and either use the existing XP Mode or extract the files from an XP Mode download you have.

However, running XP Mode on anything other than Windows 7 will result in the XP virtual machine not being activated, and there does not appear to be any way to activate it.

If your XP VM has already had its activation expire, you will not be able to login.

To bypass this:

You will now be logged into your expired XP VM, but it is still not activated.

To bypass the activation:

Warning: this may violate the XP Mode licensing agreement.



Updated about 1 yr, 8 mths ago (March 8, 2018). Know a better answer? Let me know!

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User submitted comments:

Andrej, about 2 mths, 21 days ago
Thursday August 29, 2019 9:24 PM

I have windows xp mode and i moved from virtual pc to hyperv. Virtual machine work but i have problem with activation. I can not run the machine because repor that i must activate windows.
I tried with your solution but doesn't works, do you have any other solution?

Thank you,


Vladimir, about 1 mth, 13 days ago
Friday October 4, 2019 7:05 PM

Useless. Doesn't work.

kman, about 1 mth, 8 days ago
Wednesday October 9, 2019 6:35 PM

worked for me! Fresh Oracle VM install, activation period didn't expire. I used Win XP pro SP2 disk..

LordDarkScythe, about 1 mth, 16 hrs ago
Thursday October 17, 2019 3:49 PM

Did not work in Hyper-V when migrating from XP Mode from Windows 7. Asks for activation on a previously Windows XP Mode VHD. Still looking for a way to get back into this VM.

kevin, about 30 days, 23 hrs ago
Friday October 18, 2019 9:14 AM

Works like a charme on fresh extracted xp-mode vhd on virtual box. Thank you!

DankMeme, about 20 days, 19 hrs ago
Monday October 28, 2019 12:57 PM

I already had the

“FF D5 71 D6 8B 6A 8D 6F
D5 33 93 FD”

lines in regedit. Still in the activation loop.

I got it running, about 2 days, 8 hrs ago
Friday November 15, 2019 11:57 PM

After many angry days and hours I got the XP-Mode VHD running with this trick!!

This will also work with Windows 10 I think (in my case I used Windows 7 but VirtualBox works also with Win10).

Because the manual is too long I uploaded it here:

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