Windows XP

Dustin Marquess dmarquess at
Wed Feb 22 19:35:48 UTC 2017

On Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 3:59 AM, Frank Leonhardt <freebsd-doc at> wrote:
> Can anyone help me running Windows 5.1 (XP) as a VM under FreeBSD?
> bhyve doesn't support anything older than Vista, and I'm unclear as to
> whether it supports 32-bit versions of that. I tried compiling Virtualbox a
> while back, but after a few days it was still going so I put it on the back
> burner. It wasn't clear how I'd get a Windows XP image on it anyway.
> So what's the best way to do this? I need it to run various Windows 32-bit
> utilities, USB related (e.g. dongle servers, USB connected hardware &c). I
> do have site-licensed Windows XP disks. Not to mention DOS software!

VirtualBox will be the easiest to install and setup.  However, if you
need stability and performance, might I suggest looking into Xen?
FreeBSD can act as a Xen dom0 these days, and it supports XP fine.


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