Windows XP Mode for Windows 7


Designed for Small and Medium Businesses


Windows XP Mode was designed for the small and medium business user who
doesn’t have a lot of resources to spend on IT or on revamping important software.
Windows XP Mode extends the lifecycle of many older Windows XP applications
to continue providing business value.

Once you install these applications directly in your Windows XP Mode environment,
they will be published to your Windows 7 desktop.

With just one click, the business user can run many Windows XP applications from
a Windows 7 desktop just as if it were a Windows 7 application. There’s no need to
re-train the user, or to re-learn the application.


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Free Windows XP Mode Licence for Windows 7 Ultimate and Professional Users

Microsoft offers – probably for downwards compatibility issues – a free Microsoft Windows XP Licence in the form of a Virtual Machine plus the virtualization ‘platform’ Windows Virtual PC, successor to Virtual PC 2007. This version of WindowsVirtual PC is only compatible to run on Microsoft Windows 7.

Features of Virtual PC for Microsoft Windows 7:

  • USB support and redirection – connect peripherals such as flash drives and digital cameras, and print from the guest to host OS printers
  • Seamless application publishing and launching – run Windows XP Mode applications directly from the Windows 7 desktop
  • Support for multithreading – run multiple virtual machines concurrently, each in its own thread for improved stability and performance
  • Smart card redirection – use smart cards connected to the host
  • Integration with Windows Explorer – manage all VMs from a single Explorer folder (%USER%\Virtual Machines)

The virtual machine is called Microsoft Windows XP Mode (XPM) for Microsoft Windows 7 and is – as of today – available for download in Release Candidate (RC) state.

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