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18 Jan 2010  
takanokage

Windows 7
 
 
Actually

Actually Virtual PC can't run anything on its own. After installing Virtual PC you usually need to install an operating system using your purchased CD/DVD. For Windows 7 owners Microsoft gives for free a Windows XP license through the Windows XP Mode package. Installing XP Mode does nothing more than installing a virtual HDD (.vhd file) on which Windows XP is already installed.

I think Microsoft did this just because the "Run this program in compatibility mode for..." option doesn't really work - at least for me it didn't.
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