Have a Windows XP app that refuses to run on your shiny new Windows 8 computer? No problem. Just fire up Windows XP in a virtual machine and run the app that way. Don’t want to pay extra for a Windows XP license? You don’t have to.
Windows XP Mode is a tool designed to let Windows 7 users run Windows XP apps in a virtual environment. But it’s not officially supported by Windows 8.
Fortunately, all you need to do is download the Windows 7 utility, extra the Windows XP disk image, rename it, and open it in VirtualBox.
The whole process is pretty painless, and the only catch is that you’ll need a valid Windows 8 license in order for everything to work properly.
For step-by-step instructions, hit up Lifehacker. Once you’ve completed those steps, just create a new virtual machine in VirtualBox, choose how much memory to allocate, and when it comes time to pick a disk, pick the .vhd file you’ve extracted from the Windows XP Mode utility.