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Windows 7: Virtual PC and XP Mode

16 May 2012   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

The name is unfortunate. As discussed, XP Mode is a combination of both Virtual PC as well as an activated and ready to use copy of Windows XP XP3 that owner of Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate are permitted to use. It's only the preactivated licensed copy of XP that isn't available to Windows 7 Home Premium or below.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with loading a virtualization platform of your choice (Virtual PC, VMWare Player/Workstation, Oracle Virtualbox). From there, you can install any operating system you are legally entitled to use.

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17 May 2012   #12

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

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Afterwards, the MS police would come knock your door down and seize your computer and torture you a bit.

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Sorry, but I as well as Microsoft would have to disagree with you on that about it being legal to use XP Mode running on any Windows 7 edition than Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate.
See this is why we need to call it something else besides XP Mode. Because it is also the feature of Virtual PC not just the image Microsoft provides.
I simply cannot see any reason for confusion here, nor can I see why XP Mode should not be called so.

Windows XP Mode = A free, licensed and pre-activated, pre-installed Windows XP Professional SP3 virtual machine / virtual hard disk for Microsoft Virtual PC virtualization platform running on Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise editions

Windows XP Guest = A by user installed and licensed Windows XP virtual machine / virtual hard disk on any virtualization platform running on any OS, including but not only all Windows editions, different Linux distros and MacOSX

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17 May 2012   #13
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

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