Quote: Originally Posted by Night Hawk
Hello DFWII Experimentation with the XP compatibility mode is one way to find out if any older programs will first install and then even run on the 64bit 7. It seems older 9X-XP pc games fair better then desktop apps in general for the 64bit 7 however.
For the new XP Mode the first thing to know is covered in the guide on this. Windows XP Mode - Install and Setup
If you decided to go for the XP Mode you first need to run the appropiate tool for Intel or AMD found at Windows Virtual PC: Configure BIOS
This will show if your hardwares support virtualization.
Certain Intel model cpus do not offer support or the board itself may need a bios setting changed. For some old XP apps they are on the 32bit 7 while they simply won't run on the 64bit.
Thanks for the help. Dell assured me that my cpu will support virtualization...in fact it was an upgrade (more $'s) from the basic configuration of the package. I believe my "system specs" indicate the cpu I'm running.
But my first question is what is the difference between XP mode and Virtual PC? Both seem to be additional pieces of software that must be downloaded and installed. I bought Win 7 Professional because I was told that it was needed to run legacy apps. Is either XP Mode Or Virtual PC already included in Professional, by any chance?
My next question is about right clicking on the setup executable when it is almost certain to be on a CD. Is right-clicking on it and setting it to run in XP mode telling Windows to do something or is it trying to alter the executable? (awkwardly expressed but maybe you get my drift?)
Thanks for the links, I have them bookmarked.