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Windows 7: So, how is windows xp mode?

20 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM
 
 
So, how is windows xp mode?

I was never able to get the pleasure of trying it... My PC dosent like windows 7 (But i do, so my pc can kiss it) and it dose not support "Hardware Assited Virtuization". So i have some questions about XP mode.

I know its like a VM, but is it a true VM or dose it like intergrate your windows 7 setup (documents, settings, ect) into it?, or just a simple VM?

What am i missing lol

Would i be able to possibly run it in VM ware? is there some possible way i can run it without "Hardware Assisted Virtuization" ?



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20 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Hi,

I'm using it and it works great with Juniper netscreen and logon with a win server 2003. Added Avast free for security and it's really stable.

Here is a nice article about security from a fellow MVPO

Windows 7 “XP Mode”: What are the Security Implications?


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20 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM
 
 

Is win xp in remote desktop? Or is that just how it looks?
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20 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

In this image it's in remote. If you install a software that only works with XP mode, you will have that option in virtual xp menu and it will run as a normal window.

I have to use the XP interface to be able to log to remote connection.

Here is what it looks like with remote connection. (32 bit enabled)


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20 Oct 2009   #5
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

It's handy to have Xp mode VM running in the background. I used it as a supplement OS to my main one, to download files the majority of time. Although it works fine with 2Gb RAM i think it works alot better if you have 4Gb.

I like to play around with RDP between it and my main OS, do enough RPD sessions and u might be lost lol.
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20 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

XP Mode is a real virtual machine. Microsoft has built-in some functionality to make it run more seamlessly with your underlying host OS. Personally, I find it to be a security risk as you typically want to sandbox your virtual machines.

The biggest issue with XP mode is speed...or significant lack thereof. The performance of XP Mode is horrible.

If you don't have a CPU which supports virtualization, use a different product like VMWare Server 2.0 or Virtualbox 3.0.8...both of which are free and will run circles around XP Mode without requiring XP Mode.
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20 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
XP Mode is a real virtual machine. Microsoft has built-in some functionality to make it run more seamlessly with your underlying host OS. Personally, I find it to be a security risk as you typically want to sandbox your virtual machines.

The biggest issue with XP mode is speed...or significant lack thereof. The performance of XP Mode is horrible.

If you don't have a CPU which supports virtualization, use a different product like VMWare Server 2.0 or Virtualbox 3.0.8...both of which are free and will run circles around XP Mode without requiring XP Mode.
Like any OS, security issues are delt with proper software. I installed Avast free and have netscreen. Nothing gets through.

I find that it reacts quite well with what I do. Of course if you overload a virtual machine with a lot of sotware, you might just want to run dual boot instead. I have it but it's a keep safe in case my one of the Os fails. (Bios boot that is not os Dual).
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20 Oct 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zardoc View Post
Like any OS, security issues are delt with proper software. I installed Avast free and have netscreen. Nothing gets through.
Everybody has their own opinions. I generally don't want mapped drives right off the start between my virtual machines and my host machines. Regardless of whatever security software I have installed, it's just something that I would rather not have.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zardoc View Post
I find that it reacts quite well with what I do. Of course if you overload a virtual machine with a lot of sotware
How many other virtual software packages have you used? I use VMWare extensively at work and VirtualBox at home. The performance difference between these other VM packages and XP Mode is night and day. I'm not talking about an overloaded VM.

Look at these threads to see the kind of difference that I am talking about:
XP Mode is slow--any way to improve

Kinda-slow?
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20 Oct 2009   #9

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Everybody has their own opinions. I generally don't want mapped drives right off the start between my virtual machines and my host machines. Regardless of whatever security software I have installed, it's just something that I would rather not have.
I hear you and yes, I agree, it's your opinion.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
How many other virtual software packages have you used? I use VMWare extensively at work and VirtualBox at home. The performance difference between these other VM packages and XP Mode is night and day. I'm not talking about an overloaded VM.
Look at these threads to see the kind of difference that I am talking about:
XP Mode is slow--any way to improve

Kinda-slow?
Wasn't trying to rattle you dude.

I haven't used any other. So yes you have a large advantage over my knowledge of VMs. I was just implying that this is a very good add-on (in my case) for geeks like me who have to use old crap like outdated netscreen to run remote desktop to work that will only run on XP. It's a lot better than just getting dreamscene (like with Vista) and a bunch of language packs. What I also meant (especially for users like me) who might run a lot of crap in this VM that it was better to run a dual BIOS boot. Actually, this XP add-on was made to give us a break with our old software.

Can we at least say that it's a step in the right direction?
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20 Oct 2009   #10

Windows 7
 
 

For me, Internet Explorer in XP mode runs incredibly fast in comparison to IE8 in Windows 7.
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