A free virtualized version of Windows XP is available at Microsoft.com by downloading a virtualized copy entitled “Windows XP Mode.” Users must have a valid copy of Windows 7 or higher installed and virtual machine software to run Windows XP in this manner.
Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP and issuing updates and downloads for the operating system in 2014. However, developers and IT specialists still use the XP operating system for such purposes as running legacy software and for malware analysis. Running a copy of the XP operating system on a virtual platform enables a user to maintain his current operating system and run the virtual operating software as any other installed program. Service pack updates, if needed, are available at legitimate download sites such as Softtonic.com.