Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Windows XP Mode for Windows 7

One of the nice features within Windows 7 is the ability to run Windows XP. Yes, XP will never die. This operating system will live on forever.

XP Mode is essentially a virtual PC running within Windows 7.
Windows Virtual PC provides the capability to run multiple Windows environments such as Windows XP Mode from your Windows 7 desktop.
To download the Release Candidate of XP Mode, go here:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx

1 comment:

  1. Windows XP Mode is basically a fully licensed copy of XP buried inside the Windows 7 OS. It will not run on all processors (including some fairly modern ones such as Atom), and is only available on the upper two versions of Windows 7 (Professional and Ultimate). I'm not sure if the release version will or won't require you to download the extra functionality like the RC1 version does. Hopefully it'll be on-disk and an optionally installed component.

    For basic differences between versions, check here:

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/compare-editions

    For the CPU limitations of XP Mode in Windows 7, check here:

    http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2009/05/r2e-microsoft-intel-goof-up-windows-7s-xp-mode.ars

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