Windows 7 gives option to run Windows XP mode, and this feature is not included to Windows 8. So if you want to run Windows XP in a virtual machine on Windows 8 then you have to purchase license first to do that. But here is a tip that let you people help to run Windows XP in Windows 8 to work with old XP applications for free.
Run Windows XP in Windows 8
- Download WindowsXPMode_en-us.exe, which requires a prove that you must have a valid Windows 8 installed
- Download Virtualbox
Use an archive tool to open downloaded WindowsXPMode_en-us.exe file as an archive
Access “sources/xpm” file inside the opened archive and extract that folder to your computer
In “xpm” folder you will find “VirtualXPVHD” file, you have to rename it with VHD extension
Install Virtualbox and open renamed “VirtualXPVHD” file there
Enjoy, you are running Windows XP in Windows 8 for free without purchasing any license.