Windows XP mode no more

Today I discovered an odd problem. I wanted to make one last check of my virtual XP-machine after finally having completed migrating all info out of it, before shutting it down and removing it.

As it turned out, it wasn’t possible to even launch it any more. The error message stated lack of hardware support for virtualization, which simply cannot be the case since it’s been working great for many years. And the only thing I can think has happened since last time used are either the latest round of security updates, or .Net Framework 4.7

But I won’t spend any more time on troubleshooting it, since I did after all finish the migration, and so I won’t need the XP-machine any more. So I’m just writing this up as a memory note of what happened and have already completely uninstalled the OS support for Windows XP Mode on the Windows 7 machine.

Next up will be migrating of Outlook, which isn’t just as simple as it sounds…

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Leaving Windows 3.1

Today is a great day, I’ve finally completed migrating all my years of calendar entries in the archaic “Calendar.exe” format. (For the moment only over to simple textfiles, but later they’re going into the personal diary-blog).

Reading all these old entries while copying them by hand brings back so many memories, sometimes from happier times, sometimes not.

However, from a more technical perspective this means not only will I finally be finished with Windows 3.1 emulation, I can also leave Windows XP mode (which was the only way to run calendar.exe), and thereby I can also in turn leave Windows 7, which I used for running the XP-machine. Not bad.

(Except I should have done this a long time ago, so it hadn’t prevented me from upgrading my only Windows 7 Ultimate to Windows 10 while upgrades still were free).

And for my next challenge I believe I’ll be trying to find a way of migrating calendars from Lotus Organizer over to something readable on my current platforms.