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Windows 7: Does XP Mode need separate Security SW?

04 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 
Does XP Mode need separate Security SW?

From a Nashville Dell Small Business Sales Rep: "You will need to run separate security software (I use Spyware Doctor) when your Windows 7 incompatible proprietary programs are loaded via XP Mode (I've not done this yet)."

My knowledge of Virtual Machines is limited, hence the question: Can this be right, or will Windows 7 compatible Security Softare (e.g. Spyware Doctor) protect both systems?

Thanks very much in advance for clarification

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04 Jan 2010   #2
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

You can install SW in XPM as you do in a normal machine. It is XP OS nonetheless so best to treat it as one.
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04 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Yes, you will need whatever security programs you use, installed within the guest VM, just like in your host OS.
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04 Jan 2010   #4

 
 

It is somewhat necessary as an infected VM (XP mode) can infect the host OS (Windows Seven) as well. For example over a shared network drive/folder.
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05 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Replies very much appreciated. The Guest/Host OS analogy especially helpful. Thanks!
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05 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 
Does XP Mode need separate Security SW?

For those of you following this thread, I found, after the fact, a similiar thread at: XP Mode and security which does offer one contrarian view.

The majority consensus, however, has it that because of XVM vulnerabilities installing/running "Guest" OS security software stands the test of logic.
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