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Running XP in background of Win7 possible?

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I'm looking to upgrade to a Win7 laptop which is capable of running XP Pro in the background. My purpose is to avoid upgrading my court reporting software package which runs on XP. Thanks much.
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  1. The only way to run it in the background/simultaneously is via a VM (virtual machine). You can use a free one like virtual box. You will need to install the VM in windows 7, then use the VM to install XP and your XP programs.
  2. Alternatively, Microsoft offers a package to allow you to install and run programs in XP mode - it's basically a built-in virtual machine specific to XP. Somewhat questionable as to drivers, but the software should work. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx

    Back up your system first, in case this breaks anything.
  3. Best answer
    In reference to the XP mode discussed by WyomingKnott, you must have Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate to run Windows XP Mode. Other VM's aren't as limited.
  4. Best answer selected by LyndaPWright.
  5. Hawkeye22 said:
    In reference to the XP mode discussed by WyomingKnott, you must have Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate to run Windows XP Mode. Other VM's aren't as limited.


    Thanks for your help. I'll look into getting Win7 Pro. You were very helpful!
    Lynda
  6. WyomingKnott said:
    Alternatively, Microsoft offers a package to allow you to install and run programs in XP mode - it's basically a built-in virtual machine specific to XP. Somewhat questionable as to drivers, but the software should work. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx

    Back up your system first, in case this breaks anything.



    Thanks much for your help....When you say questionable as to drivers,
    do you mean that the software wouldn't run reliably all the time but
    may crash every now and then? Thanks again, Lynda
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