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Windows 7: Coming Soon: Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC

24 Apr 2009   #1
z3r010

 
Coming Soon: Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC

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Windows XP Mode is specifically designed to help small businesses move to Windows 7. Windows XP Mode provides you with the flexibility to run many older productivity applications on a Windows 7 based PC.

All you need to do is to install suitable applications directly in Windows XP Mode which is a virtual Windows XP environment running under Windows Virtual PC. The applications will be published to the Windows 7 desktop and then you can run them directly from Windows 7.

Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC are best experienced on your new Windows 7 PC. We will be soon releasing the beta ofWindows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC for Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate.




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24 Apr 2009   #2
Lebon14

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Good move. I think it'll help a lot
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24 Apr 2009   #3
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Thanks z3r010.




















Later Ted
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24 Apr 2009   #4
Stinkfinger

Windows 7 x64 Build 7057
 
 

I agree with Lebon14, a really smart move. Been running Ubuntu for almost 3-4 years now.. Not until now that I actually like the way Microsoft are going with their products. Love it..
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25 Apr 2009   #5
Adamd

Windows 7 7100 build
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Stinkfinger View Post
I agree with Lebon14, a really smart move. Been running Ubuntu for almost 3-4 years now.. Not until now that I actually like the way Microsoft are going with their products. Love it..

Kind of off topic, but I tried to install the newest build of Ubuntu today on 2 different computers and it would not install for who knows what reason.

Needless to say I will stick with the ease of Windows lol.
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25 Apr 2009   #6
mxosder16

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

i believe it's a wonderful move that will help windows 7 be a monopoly, lol.
if any buisnesses were holding back this should be the seller for them,
windows 7 beta/RC is already awesome at home and the RTM should be awesome at work
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25 Apr 2009   #7
Romulinx2

Win7 Ultimate x64 on Desktop / Win7 Ultimate x86 on laptop / Win7 x86 Starter on Netbook
 
 

Thanks, brilliant move by MS.
Much better than the downgrade decision.
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25 Apr 2009   #8
Studulike

Windows 7 Build 7600 Laptop and desktop. Also OSX 10.5.7 and 10.6 Snow on Laptop
 
 

Wish I could find a beta leak. lol
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25 Apr 2009   #9
win7

Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 x64 Windows 8 Enterprise RTM x64
 
 

Interesting, maybe i can play worms armageddon again without having to use vmware to avoid the colour problems.. one of my all time fav online games...
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26 Apr 2009   #10
jimbo45

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

This is a GREAT feature if it works properly

I have some old legacy hardware that ONLY works on XP - Not possible to get Drivers etc for this -- Manufacturer in some cases no longer exists and in others says model is either "Obsolete" or "Replaced by a Newer more featured (which I DON'T NEED) model).

This hardware is perfectly serviceable and will function for MANY years yet - for example
Old HP Plotter, professional 35 MM negative film scanner (the EXPENSIVE, non consumer grade sort - almost like a "Drum Scanner" - to shooters on the Forum). TASCAM minidisc studio pro recorder etc.

I've been using a combination of booting into XP natively (and more recently using an XP Virtual machine with VMWARE).

The idea of having this run "Natively" on W7 will immediately be of HUGE HUGE interests to a VERY significant section of the market -- a lot of whom use very high end (non consumer gear) whist not being "very computer literate" and aree still likely to be using XP or even Windows 2000 on their machines.

Well done Microsoft.

Linux has had a similar type of capability for a long while (called "XEN") but somehow to get this to work properly is a job for a Computer Scientist PH.D and even then it doesn't really work for Windows products very well.

Looks finally if Microsoft has deceided -- Well if we can't wean people off XP we can at least get them on board with W7 without having to use 3rd party products.

Note - there's still a real use for Virtual machines in development and testing so don't sell your shares in VMWARE just yet.

Cheers
jimbo
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