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How to Run Tally 4.5 on Windows XP for Free

How to Run Tally 4.5 on Windows XP for Free

Tally 4.5 is a popular accounting software that was designed for DOS operating system. Many users still prefer to use this software for its simplicity and reliability. However, running Tally 4.5 on Windows XP can be a challenge, as it is not compatible with the newer version of Windows. In this article, we will show you how to run Tally 4.5 on Windows XP for free, using a virtual PC software.

What is a Virtual PC Software?

A virtual PC software is a program that allows you to create and run a virtual machine on your computer. A virtual machine is a simulated computer that runs inside your real computer. You can install and run different operating systems and applications on a virtual machine, without affecting your real computer. For example, you can run Windows 98 on a virtual machine inside your Windows XP computer.

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Why Use a Virtual PC Software to Run Tally 4.5?

Using a virtual PC software to run Tally 4.5 on Windows XP has several advantages:

  • You can use Tally 4.5 without having to install or dual boot Windows 98 or earlier versions.

  • You can use other applications that are compatible with Windows XP while running Tally 4.5 on a virtual machine.

  • You can easily switch between the virtual machine and your real computer with a simple click.

  • You can protect your data and system from viruses and malware that may affect DOS applications.

Which Virtual PC Software to Use?

There are many virtual PC software available in the market, but one of the best and free options is Microsoft Virtual PC 2004. This software was developed by Microsoft and is now available for free download since July 2006[^1^]. Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 supports various operating systems, including Windows 98, which is required to run Tally 4.5.

How to Download and Install Microsoft Virtual PC 2004?

To download and install Microsoft Virtual PC 2004, follow these steps:

  • Go to the official website of Microsoft Virtual PC 2004[^1^] and click on the Download button.

  • Select your language and click on Continue.

  • Enter your email address and other details if required and click on Submit.

  • You will receive an email with a link to download the software. Click on the link and save the file on your computer.

  • Double-click on the downloaded file and follow the instructions to install the software.

How to Create and Run a Virtual Machine with Windows 98?

To create and run a virtual machine with Windows 98, follow these steps:

  • Launch Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 from your Start menu or desktop shortcut.

  • Click on New to create a new virtual machine.

  • Select Create a virtual machine and click on Next.

  • Enter a name for your virtual machine, such as Windows 98, and click on Next.

  • Select Windows 98 as the operating system and click on Next.

  • Select the amount of RAM you want to allocate for your virtual machine, such as 64 MB, and click on Next.

  • Select A new virtual hard disk and click on Next.

  • Select the location and size of your virtual hard disk, such as C:\Virtual Machines\Windows 98.vhd and 2 GB, and click on Next.

  • Click on Finish to create your virtual machine.

  • Select your virtual machine from the list and click on Start.

  • You will see a black screen with a message saying No bootable CD-ROM, floppy disk or hard disk was detected. This is normal, as you need to install Windows 98 on your virtual machine first.

  • Insert your Windows 98 installation CD into your real computer's CD-ROM drive or mount an ISO image of Windows 98 if you have one.

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