Reinstalled Win 7 Ultimate on a new hard drive w/o activation and the XP Mode works just fine, well at least as I think it is supposed to work.
It still will not install and recognize drivers for the HP4470C scanjet, Okidata 5150N color laser printer, or either of my analog to digital video converters so, so much for XP mode taking care of my fears of upgrading to Vista or Win 7 or whatever they are calling it/charging for.
this may seem silly but you do know that you have to install the app you want onto the virtual machine to enable it to run in xp mode
The difference between gunius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.
I'm just a computer user and not a programmer so I have no ego to feed here and will gladly admit my errors.
So how does a program that I've installed in XP Mode utilize drivers that neither install in Win 7 or XP Mode, but DO install and work just fine in Win XP Pro sp 2 and/or 3?
That's my problem. My solution is a dual boot machine, but since everything works in Windows XP, why bother with Win 7 other than as an educational task?
Does MS not realize there is a recession on? Launching an expensive new OS that requires new computers as well as replacing peripherials AND the cost of the labor to train the employees seems like a good idea?
After 3 days with Win 7 the glitter is gone and I'm back to Windows XP that works with my scanners, printers, and staff.
Windows XP mode was NOT designed to get your ancient hardware running within Windows 7... this is a software-only environment and is designed to run programs that have compatibility issues with Windows Vista or 7. If you want old printers and scanners to work, you either have to go back to XP or hope that the hardware has Vista or Windows 7 drivers.
The Okidata printer does have drivers available, but the ScanJet does not. Did you run the Windows 7 upgrade advisor? It would have told you what hardware wouldn't be supported out of the box. Never, ever rely on a virtualized environment for hardware support.
Not sure what you mean by "accomodate bloat", but I can tell you that XP Mode is a software-only environment. It was never intended to help Windows 7 use old hardware. There is no 3D acceleration. If someone wants an older version of software that doesn't require hardware support to run, then XP Mode will work for you. Software like AutoCAD that requires hardware 3D support wouldn't be helped by XP Mode... but something like say Simply Accounting would.
Well I've made my upgrade decision: dual boot system so I'll be working with one foot solidly planted on historically solid ground and one foot testing the future ground.
Will an old program like Simply Accounting work with new hardware that IS supported in Windows 7? e.g. My old printer that worked with SA in XP Pro, but NOT supported in Win 7 is replaced by a new printer that is supported by Win 7 Will print just fine from SA running is XP mode?
What's the difference between running a program in Win 7 with a compatibility option of XP sp2 or XP sp3 and running in XP Mode?
BTW, the Okidata color printer magically began to work and another blog mentioned a scanner control program called Vuescan that would allow the 4470C HP scanner to work in Win 7. Unfortunately, it won't work in the Win 7 64 bit environment, but was reported to work in win 7 32 bit.
I'll have to experiment and get back to you on that... I haven't yet downloaded XP mode. I'm guessing that if you print from a program within XP mode that it will print to a Windows 7 compatible printer. I'm not completely sure of this, but I will give it a try.