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Microsoft Releases Install Notes Win 7 XP Mode

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 29 comments

Just in case you still have some applications that demand XP.

Running Windows 7? Missing the old familiar stench of XP? If you're running Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate, you'll be able to get back the old-car smell with Windows XP mode – provided that you've got the right virtualization-supporting hardware.

Just in time for the release of Windows 7 worldwide, Microsoft has posted installation instructions and release notes for Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode. You can download both right here.

Of course, after familiarizing yourself with the installation, you'll need the actual XP Mode or Virtual PC software. That can be had from Microsoft as a free download right here.

Let us know if you manage to get it running and how it feels to have some old inside the new!

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    uh_no , October 22, 2009 6:17 PM
    wow

    you are perhaps one of the most unbiased reporters i've ever had the displeasure of reading

    while everything about apple is high praise, even something as cool as XP, you repeatedly refer to as a 'stench' and you take a not so subtle jab 'if you manage to get it running'
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    ssalim , October 22, 2009 6:33 PM
    uh_nowowyou are perhaps one of the most unbiased reporters i've ever had the displeasure of readingwhile everything about apple is high praise, even something as cool as XP, you repeatedly refer to as a 'stench' and you take a not so subtle jab 'if you manage to get it running'


    Did you mean biased?
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    jaymz1977 , October 22, 2009 6:10 PM
    I have installed this and used this. Seems pretty basic and was a lot easier than the last time I tried a virtual machine when it came to setup. Also with changeable configurations for drive size and memory usage, I am sure a lot of businesses will get some good use out of this. My reason for using it was to try to solve my major lag issue with using WIN7 RDC to log into Server 03. So I was thinking the XP mode might fix this.. but no dice. So alas, I am stuck with keeping an XP partition so I can use RDC.
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    uh_no , October 22, 2009 6:17 PM
    wow

    you are perhaps one of the most unbiased reporters i've ever had the displeasure of reading

    while everything about apple is high praise, even something as cool as XP, you repeatedly refer to as a 'stench' and you take a not so subtle jab 'if you manage to get it running'
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    bunz_of_steel , October 22, 2009 6:19 PM
    Just don't use Windoze. If you must use windows in LINUX and remote a session from within windows or from LINUX itself.
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    Chipi , October 22, 2009 6:31 PM
    I have been waiting for this!
    XP Mode installs with absolutely no updates released after SP3 and Internet Explorer 6. Maybe someone should send those IE8 adverts to the development team...
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    ssalim , October 22, 2009 6:33 PM
    uh_nowowyou are perhaps one of the most unbiased reporters i've ever had the displeasure of readingwhile everything about apple is high praise, even something as cool as XP, you repeatedly refer to as a 'stench' and you take a not so subtle jab 'if you manage to get it running'


    Did you mean biased?
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    captaincharisma , October 22, 2009 6:54 PM
    i tried the beta of this months ago and its ok. just wish drivers were supported so i could use the video out function on my GPU again

    im talkin' to you Nvidia LOL :) 
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    Chipi , October 22, 2009 7:00 PM
    I don't think it's about the drivers captain, as far as I know the GPU is very limited on Virtual PC (and VMWare also)
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    njalterio , October 22, 2009 7:05 PM
    uh_nowowyou are perhaps one of the most unbiased reporters i've ever had the displeasure of readingwhile everything about apple is high praise, even something as cool as XP, you repeatedly refer to as a 'stench' and you take a not so subtle jab 'if you manage to get it running'


    wow

    You are perhaps one of the most irritating commenters I've ever had the displeasure of reading.

    You can make anything sound like a jab against Windows with enough paranoia.
  • 4 Hide
    madhumper69 , October 22, 2009 7:20 PM
    All my programs are compatible with windows 7 if not i figure out how to install them on the OS with some tweaks, no need for xp mode and i do install tons of stuff!
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    papasmurf , October 22, 2009 7:45 PM
    Some may find this difficult to believe but many of us have actually been running windows vista for a few years now, which means many of us have already replaced the incompatible XP only software. XP mode is too little too late it should have shipped with vista.
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    Dyseman , October 22, 2009 8:23 PM
    Missing the Stench of XP? Man... Stick with your Apple hype and let others review Microsoft.

    (Yes, I read the letter posted a few days ago because this person was basically berated for Apple hype. But letting Marcus go and talk about something he apparently is not used to is a little lame and deffinately not a way to win us back)
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    wildwell , October 22, 2009 8:59 PM
    DysemanMissing the Stench of XP? Man... Stick with your Apple hype and let others review Microsoft.(Yes, I read the letter posted a few days ago because this person was basically berated for Apple hype. But letting Marcus go and talk about something he apparently is not used to is a little lame and deffinately not a way to win us back)


    Marcus Yam has been writing most of the Windows 7 articles too. I've read articles by Marcus with both positive and negative spin regarding news about both Microsoft and Apple.
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    Anonymous , October 22, 2009 9:11 PM
    the virtual version does not at all compare to the real version!
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    Anonymous , October 22, 2009 9:15 PM
    They better put a real Windows user to write these articles!
    Windows is too complex for apple users!
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    kingssman , October 22, 2009 10:27 PM
    I'm gonna mention that for awhile Mac OSX had an option to run OS9 in a form of "virtualization" for classic OS9 apps. You even had the option to boot fully into OS9 if needed. XP mode in Windows 7 is like Mac OSX OS9 boot. It's a blessing, not bias.
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    kingssman , October 23, 2009 12:24 AM
    excalibur1814But then apple dropped it like they've dropped something in the last four releases of osx. Bit tight for paying customers but thats how they do it I suppose.

    Very true. course these days adding support for OS9 would be like windows 7 giving support for "windows 98 mode" at least making XP compatible is a smart move since XP has dominated for the past 8 years and still is a great OS (other than windows 2000 or NT according to hardcore enthusiast)
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    razor512 , October 23, 2009 1:07 AM
    Not very useful if the app you need xp for needs to perform well or needs to use hardware accelerated 3d or opengl or direct 3d

    also suppose you only need XP for 1 app that your company uses
    so you install the windows xp VM and it takes 1GB of your system memory and lots of CPU cycles and memory bandwidth because it is running a full OS, just to run a single application that would otherwise use a few KB of memory

    so you loose overall system performance, and in a business world, time is money, lower performance means mote time wasted.
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    moejoe4420 , October 23, 2009 1:36 AM
    Do any of you Windows fanchildren remember how much crap we had getting some games to run under Vista? They took all the trouble to add this actual running version of XP and made it useless by not supporting 3D graphics. The only reason I tolerate MS at all is to run games that won't run any other way. XP Pro is good, but still a pain in different ways. There must be a few MS employees around here.
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    Regulas , October 23, 2009 4:07 AM
    Better yet I will just keep XP on my gaming rig instead.
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    mrmez , October 23, 2009 4:27 AM
    Honest question guys.
    With Vista getting such a bad rep before its release, i remain very sceptical about W7 and know little about it.

    Question is: Why does W7 (being the amazing OS its claimed) need an XP compatibility mode?

    After all. XP is nearly 10 years old and MS just cant seem to put it behind them.
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