Back in April, along with the launch of the Windows 7 Release Candidate build 7100, Microsoft also released a beta for the XP Mode that runs Windows XP in a virtualized environment inside Windows 7 for compatibility purposes.
Today the XP Mode has hit release candidate and is now available for download. Those running the Windows 7 RC or RTM (Professional and Ultimate licenses only) will be able to test drive the XP Mode RC.
As listed on the Windows Team Blog, new in the XP Mode RC are:
- You can now attach USB devices to Windows XP Mode applications directly from the Windows 7 task-bar. This means your USB devices, such as printers and flash drives, are available to applications running in Windows XP Mode, without the need to go into full screen mode.
- You can now access Windows XP Mode applications with a “jump-list”. Right click on the Windows XP Mode applications from the Windows 7 task bar to select and open most recently used files.
- You now have the flexibility of customizing where Windows XP Mode differencing disk files are stored.
- You can now disable drive sharing between Windows XP Mode and Windows 7 if you do not need that feature.
- The initial setup now includes a new user tutorial about how to use Windows XP Mode.
Download: Windows XP Mode Release Candidate (opens in new tab)