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Windows 7: Use of Windows xp mode within Windows 7 professional

20 Jun 2012   #1
John Jagot

windows 7 professional
 
 
Use of Windows xp mode within Windows 7 professional

I have just installed windows 7 professional and also windows xp mode and virtual computer as I want to use some programmes which only work with windows xp\microsoft state I must install separate virus check software into windows xp mode but when I try to do this I cannot get a web link from windows xp mode.
any help gratefully received


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20 Jun 2012   #2
Stevy22

Windows 7 and MAC
 
 

What link are you talking about??

See first thing that i know is , you don't need anti virus separately for your Windows XP Virtual mode..... If this answers your question...
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20 Jun 2012   #3
BrightBlessings

Win7 Pro-64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Stevy22 View Post
What link are you talking about??

See first thing that i know is , you don't need anti virus separately for your Windows XP Virtual mode..... If this answers your question...
If the VM sees and is seen by the Internet it needs protection.
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20 Jun 2012   #4
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by John Jagot View Post
microsoft state I must install separate virus check software into windows xp mode
Hi,

That is correct - one of the greatest myths is that the host machine on which a virtual machine (VM) is running, is immune from malware contracted on the virtual machine. Malware writers are becoming increasingly aware that virtualisation is far more common than it used to be, and some have gone to lengths to "train" their malware to recognise a VM and not execute on it. Host machines are especially at risk if the VM is networked to the host (e.g. you download a file on the VM and copy it to the host).

For experienced malware researchers, VM's are commonly used as 'honeypots' to test malware behaviour, but they are experienced enough to treat their VM's as strict sandboxes - for us mere mortals, we should never even think of attempting this.

What you need to do is to whilst in XP mode ensure that you have an internet connection, and then download and install an appropriate anti-malware product - I recommend MSE for this. Your VM is a real operating system, so you need to protect it as such.

Here is some more background reading, some of it from a few years back:
https://isc.sans.edu/diary.html?storyid=1871
http://www.darkreading.com/security-...-its-host.html


Regards,
Golden
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21 Jun 2012   #5
John Jagot

windows 7 professional
 
 

Thank you evereyone who has replied and offered advice - much appreciated.

I have managed to install a copy of my anti virus checked (Kaspersky Pure 2.0) and now have everything working as it should be. (I think!)

Once again, many thanks to you all in this forum.
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22 Jun 2012   #6
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

No worries John - post back if you have more queries.

Regards,
Golden
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