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Windows 7: Windows XP Mode - Nice one Microsoft

01 May 2009   #11
Zanarkand

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
Heres mine in action:

Attachment 9365

It sees my nvidia 9800gtx card as an s3 card for some reason.
VPC 2007 did the same thing.


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01 May 2009   #12
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I guess its better than nothing.
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01 May 2009   #13
jimbo45

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
Heres mine in action:

Attachment 9365

It sees my nvidia 9800gtx card as an s3 card for some reason.
Note Virtual machines create a "Virtual Bios" with their own "Virtual hardware". The VM software interacts with these "Virtual devices" which should work on 99% of machines tested on. You can't relate the "Virtual hardware" like network card or screen or even sound cards to the REAL hardware.

Devices you plug in via USB, COM and parallel ports are different -- these will often require the REAL driver hardware.

Cheers
jimbo
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01 May 2009   #14
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

hmm thanks for that.
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01 May 2009   #15
d0od

Windows 7 x64 & Ubuntu 9.04 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ronaldo View Post
I guess this cannot be fun on a AMD machine unless it uses a server cpu?
Err most AMD chips support AMD-V (or whatever it calls it's virtualisation tech) since the Athlon 64!
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01 May 2009   #16
raj11650

win 7 build 7600.16385 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ronaldo View Post
I guess this cannot be fun on a AMD machine unless it uses a server cpu?
not really it works great on my amd quad 9950!!!

i guess it will work on amd athlon+ (AM2) processors!!!
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01 May 2009   #17
bummpr

Windows 7 x86 and x64 - RTM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by murphy25 View Post
cheers jimbo grabbing from the 'OID now
Apologize for being so dense...but what is 'OID"???
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01 May 2009   #18
jimbo45

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 
My experience so far -- 100% OK

Hi all
I've been testing this-- if you want to have a go yourselves you can download at "The green devil". Look for "XPM".

Remarks so far

1) Very nice Integration with W7 desktop.

2) The windows XP machine's virtual screen driver is based on "S3" and is only 16 bits -- not a real problem as we want to use W7 in "XP" compatability mode - not as a full bloodied Virtual machine in it's own right -- you can still log on to it of course.

3) The XP VM doesn't require any "Activation" or Keys.

4) It's not part of a "Network" so you won't see it as a separate machine on your LAN. However IE6 does work in it (default) and you can with windows update install IE8.

5) Windows explorer will show your HOST drives as well as the "Virtual drives" directly so you can cut and paste data between HOST and VM drives without the need for "Host only" or other networking. You don't need to "Share drives" etc.

6) Video, and Sound are "Virtual" devices from the "Virtual Bios". You can add real printers, scanners etc through USB/COM/ etc ports.

7) printers, scanners, cameras that I've had work fine as well as the Minidisc applications. Nice to see my MD simple burner (rip CD direct to Minidisc) again on the desktop.

8) you can make a short cut to an application in the VM directly to the W7 desktop -- works a treat.

9) There isn't much point in running things like Office etc on this VM since these apps work fine on the Host machine.

10) not suitable for games etc. -- Running a VM like this makes it SIMPLE for typical Legacy hardware with some apps to work that CAN'T work in W7. This VM is NOT intended to be a full featured Virtual machine -- use a "Classical" VM program and install your own VM if you need this feature.

11) Configurable from the HOST W7 by simply right mouse clicking on the "Virtual Machine" image in explorer.

12) Default Virtual RAM is 256MB. Depending on your applications you might want to "Up" this to 512MB or even 1GB.

The only caveat I can see is that your machine MUST be VT enabled for this to work. If it isn't or you only have a 32 bit CPU then you'll have to use some other software for managing VM's such as Virtual Box or Vmware workstation.


All in all I'm impressed --don't compare with a fully featured VM say running under VMWARE workstation -- this software isn't intended to replace that type of development.

All in all well done Microsoft. This is about right for its intended audience. For serious developers etc you will need to use "Classical" VM software but for small businesses etc who don't want to upgrade everything in one go - especially PC hardware this is a real "Killer App".

Cheers
jimbo
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01 May 2009   #19
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Nice summary and I fully agree.
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01 May 2009   #20
garysgold

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Thanks, Jimbo. Haven't gotten that far yet. Good to know.
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