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Windows 7: XP Mode vs DOSBox?

25 Apr 2012   #1
raen

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 
XP Mode vs DOSBox?

Hello, all. I'm kind of a newbie to Windows 7 and virtualization software, so I hope this isn't too stupid. I've been Googling around, but haven't really found much that satisfactorily addresses my question.

From an end-user perspective, what's the functional difference between XP Mode and something like DOSBox?

I get the impression that it's not a matter of one being better than the other or a matter of preference, but rather a matter of being different tools for different jobs.

That said, I'm not really clear on what each one is good for. Could somebody please explain what XP Mode would be appropriate for and what something like DOSBox would be appropriate for?

Thanks,
raen


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25 Apr 2012   #2
logicearth

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

DOSBox....is running DOS...which is very very old.
XP Mode is running well Windows XP which is old.

DOSBox is for when you need to run really very very old applications.
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25 Apr 2012   #3
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by raen View Post
Hello, all. I'm kind of a newbie to Windows 7 and virtualization software, so I hope this isn't too stupid. I've been Googling around, but haven't really found much that satisfactorily addresses my question.

From an end-user perspective, what's the functional difference between XP Mode and something like DOSBox?

I get the impression that it's not a matter of one being better than the other or a matter of preference, but rather a matter of being different tools for different jobs.

That said, I'm not really clear on what each one is good for. Could somebody please explain what XP Mode would be appropriate for and what something like DOSBox would be appropriate for?

Thanks,
raen
Dosbox is for running old Dos games and applications. Windows XP Mode is for running legacy Windwos XP Applications. Windows XP Mode is NOT for gaming. If you have old Dos games, go with Dosbox. If you have Windows XP applications that won't run on Windows 7, then get XP Mode.
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25 Apr 2012   #4
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

XP Mode isn't virtualization software. It's a name for a prepackaged and licensed/activated copy of XP SP3 that you can run virtually if you have Windows 7 Pro, Enterprise or Ultimate.
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