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Windows 7: Is it a little strange? Support dates for XP and Win7.

13 Dec 2013   #1

win7 64bit Ult. using: XP Mode, in English or Español, SUA, Bitlocker
Is it a little strange? Support dates for XP and Win7.

I'm just reinstalling XP Mode back onto my Win7 installation, and thinking about XP Mode support ending in April of 2014. Support ends in 2014 for Windows XP and Office 2003!

...While my main OS- Windows 7, will according to Microsoft Product Lifecycle Search will continue to enjoy support until either:
  • Jan 2015 - Mainstream Support End Date or
  • Jan 2020 - Extended Support End Date
So us using XP Mode is supposed to run a supported system- Win7 with an unsupported MS add-on - XP Mode? Wouldn't that make our XP Mode sub-system to be an open door vulnerable to attack? Consequently, wouldn't that make the Windows 7 system also be vulnerable as well via the integration features?

Seems a bit strange to me.

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13 Dec 2013   #2

Windows Server 2008 R2

XP mode is unsupported when XP EOLs - it was meant as a solution to provide an application compatibility bridge for users migrating to Windows 7 starting 4 years ago, not to extend the life of XP. It's not strange at all, and yes, it probably brings vulnerabilities with it if you continue to use it 5+ years on.
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15 Dec 2013   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1

Granted, xp mode runs in a virtual machine so its a tad more protected then to just running natively. (As in affecting windows 7.)

My suggestion would be to use a more secure solution and to integrate xp mode into VMware player. VMware player does not share the os files and stuff by default. The main point in xp mode is to share files and emulate programs in the windows 7 environment.
VMware player blocks this by default so its a tad more secure. Another thing is you could disable the xp vm from the internet, or only keep it on the intranet if its a company.

Just some thoughts. There are many ways to "harden" xp that could be done as well.
You can really lock down xp using group policy as well as other methods found online. That alone would help the machine be less likely to attack and malware. The issue though, is any new vulnerabilities found will not be addressed.

So to recap:

In terms of security:

Malware could potentially go through the xp mode virtual machine and attack the windows 7 OS. Just because xp is in a virtual machine does not make it completely safe. But it does make it a lot safer then just running xp natively on a machine. Having an antivirus and something like malwarebytes on both Operating systems is a good place to start.

Most effective:

-Get rid of xp all together:
-XP in limited account in VMware with no internet or connection of any kind.
-Locked down with group policy

Moderately effective:

-Xp in limited account in VMware with intranet connection only.
-Locked down with group policy


-Xp mode with limited account and a connection to internet or intranet.
-Locked down with group policy.

My opinion.
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24 Jan 2014   #4

win7 64bit Ult. using: XP Mode, in English or Español, SUA, Bitlocker


MS in the 15'th of January announced that Antimalware software will remain supported for XP until 2015.

Microsoft antimalware support for Windows XP - Microsoft Malware Protection Center - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

Seems like they are aligning support for the two OSs scenario described above more closely now.
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