The Microsoft Windows operating system has been a near-complete domination of the PC market since it was first introduced in 1985. We all remember the good versions like Windows 7, while the memorable ones like Windows Millenium are the ones we’ll soon forget.
Windows XP was one of the best versions of Windows earlier, with quite a few users still using the 20-year-old operating system on their PC even though major support ended a few years ago. If you want to try XP today, you can use the Windows XP Emulator on Android using the Limbo app.
What is a Windows XP Emulator?
An emulator is an application that allows you to run a firmware on a device that it was not built for. For example, you can run an Android emulator on Windows to give you access to Android apps without having to have a physical Android device.
Emulators create the right conditions for older firmware to work. This is why the most popular emulators are game emulators, which allow you to run old custom game console games on your PC, where game consoles like Wii U can be emulated.
You can do the same with Windows XP. The Windows XP emulator is just a virtual machine running Windows XP, allowing you to run this old system on newer machines. The portability of mobile devices, such as Android smartphones and tablets, makes it an obvious choice for running a Windows XP portable emulator.
You can control this emulator from your Android device or use VNC to turn XP into a remote desktop, allowing you to connect and control it from another device like your PC.
Download Windows XP ISO
Before you begin installing the Windows XP emulator, you will first need the Windows XP installation files in the ISO image file format.
If you have an old Windows XP installation CD, you can create an ISO file with it. Despite the age of the operating system, you’ll still need a legitimate Windows XP product key to activate Windows.
If you don’t have the old XP installation files on hand, you may be able to download them online. For example, you can use the files provided as part of Windows XP Mode to create an ISO file. This is Microsoft’s XP emulator, originally for Windows 7 PCs, a legitimate source of XP installation files.
Once you have the ISO file, you will need to transfer it to your Android device. If your device has a microSD card, remove it and connect it to your computer first before transferring the ISO file to it, then return the card to your device.
Otherwise, use direct connection by connecting cable from PC to Android device to copy the file to the internal storage. You can also use Bluetooth to transfer your files, but due to the size of the ISO file, this can take some time to complete. So, check out How to Transfer Files from Android to Your PC: Best Ways.
Install Limbo on Android
Once you have access to the Windows XP installation files on your Android device in the ISO file format, you will need to install the Limbo emulator app. The emulator is not available on the Google Play Store, so you will need to download and install it manually.
You can install the app from your computer using ADB or, alternatively, you can access the Limbo download page from your Android device’s browser and download the latest APK file (android-x86 version for PC emulation).
You will need to allow Android APK installations from sources other than Google Play before you can do this. Depending on your Android device version, Android will ask you for permission to install from unknown sources when you try to open the APK file. Follow the on-screen instructions to do so.
Once Android gets permission to install apps from unknown sources, try to open the APK file again. This will launch the package installer. Click “Installations” to allow the application to be installed.
Setting up Windows XP on Android
You can use Limbo to simulate a computer capable of running Windows XP, using an ISO file to install it on your machine.
To get started, open the Limbo app. You will need to agree to the license agreement when you first launch it, so clickI agreeto accept it.
You can start setting up the appropriate virtual computer to install XP from the Limbo home screen. From the Load Machine dropdown menu, click the following.
Give your new virtual machine a name (for example, Windows XP), then click construction For confirmation.
Limbo will give you access to a list of Linux operating systems for download. Click Cancellation , because you are installing Windows from an ISO file instead.
You will need to configure the virtual machine settings to emulate the appropriate computer hardware for XP. Click on each section to set the next configuration.
Within the CPU/motherboard , set the settings to the following: Arch: x64 Machine Type: PCCPU: SandyBridge CPU Cores: 3 RAM Memory: 1024 (MB).
You can specify higher CPU cores and RAM (MB) values if your device has more CPU cores and available memory.
within the disks , click the check box to enable Hard Disk A. Select new From the drop-down menu, give the image a name, set the minimum size to 2GB, and tap construction.
Under Removable, tap to open next to the CD. select file XP ISO Here.
within boot , set Hard Disk As an option to boot from the device.
within Graphics , set vmware As a video view option.
For security reasons, it is not reasonable to provide an internet connection for your XP emulator. If you know the risks and threats that you may face, you can do so under the section the network before running it.
Once the settings are in place, click the button Play / start To start the XP emulator on your device.
Accessing the Windows XP Emulator
You can access the Windows XP emulator using the Limbo app by simply pressing Play. The settings above are designed to allow you to use XP from your device, using the touch screen to move the mouse pointer. You can also use a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard for easier access.
You’ll need to follow the onscreen instructions when you first boot your virtual machine to install XP to the virtual hard drive file you created. This will follow the typical XP setup, allowing you to configure the locale and other XP settings. The installation may take some time to complete.
Once XP is installed, you can start using it the way it was designed to be used. You will need to remove the XP ISO from the removable partition to ensure that the ISO file does not load the installer files.
If you want to access XP remotely, you will need to change the user interface setting from SDL to VNC to be able to use a VNC client such as VNC Viewer on your computer to remotely access the emulator while it is running on your machine.
Leaving Windows XP behind
If you need to run an old app, or you’re just keen on playing one of your old PC games, using Limbo to run Windows XP on Android offers a quick and easy way to do it. If you want to try out a newer operating system, you can install Linux on Android, either directly or as a virtual machine.
Windows XP is a very old operating system. If you know anyone who uses XP on their PC, be sure to recommend them to urgently upgrade to Windows 10 to get the latest features and security. If you are using Windows 10 yourself, don’t forget to update Windows for the same reasons.