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Windows 7: XP Mode and security

01 May 2009   #11

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

just to be clear, XPM is a guest OS on windows 7.

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01 May 2009   #12


And, *thus*, XP is a *hosted* OS on Win 7.
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01 May 2009   #13

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

just me getting my terminology wrong.
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02 May 2009   #14

Ubuntu Linux 8.10

Hey all,

I just grabbed the Virtual XP off of MSDN and wanted to relay my observations.

It's pretty standard as far as VMs are concerned so if you're familiar with it you won't see much different. It did come preconfigured a bit underpowered (only 256megs of RAM) and no easy way to actually shut it down. Virtual PC seemed to create an RDP like connection to the guest OS, giving me options to either "Log off" or "Disconnect" via the start menu. In order to change the RAM settings on the guest PC, it has to be shutdown. I ran "shutdown -s -t 1" in order to accomplish this.

The integration features are nice, it will share clipboard, printers, drives and smart cards on the host with the guest. All host hard drives will show up as mapped network drives in My Computer.

When you install the preconfigured it does default to NAT networking, basically creating a small network in the virtual environment. It *can* be configured for host interface networking, allowing it to request DHCP from your DHCP server (router, other server, etc) and will show up as a separate computer on the network in this configuration.

If you enable Host Networking, I would strongly advise keeping the firewall active. I'm admittedly not 100% sure if the Win7 firewall would protect it when it's in this configuration as host networking generally passes everything intended for the guest to the guest without any discrimination. 3rd party firewalls may behave differently though so keep that in mind if you have any problems.

It also is separately updated from Win7 so Auto Updates are a must with Host Networking. I would strongly recommend AV software as well.
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