Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: XP Mode Review and Opinion

15 May 2009   #1

Windows 7 RTM Ultimate 64Bit
XP Mode Review and Opinion

I finally got around to testing XP Mode both for home and corporate use. As an IT Administrator I have mixed feelings because 1. It does make virtualization easier but 2. At what cost?

Here is the full review and opinion. Feedback welcome:
Jorge Orchilles

My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 May 2009   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

<crossposted from the comment form of the blog above>

I do not agree that you need to buy a Windows XP licence. Here's why.

If you have bought and set computers with Windows XP and those computers will be replaced by a new computers with Windows 7, why not use their licence in XPM? You save LOT of money. Does Microsoft need to know? NO.

Also, today, almost all middle-line CPUs have Virtualisation technology and, also, habitually, in enterprise, when you change for a newer OS such as W7, you will also plan on those :
- Upgrade software
- If software han't been developped since win9x years, then buy a new software and give course to people that will be using it
- Buy new computers that will be used for a long time. This is a long-time investment.
- etc.

By the way, I don't know if you checked but, WinXP mode barely use 20MB of RAM on the machine...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 May 2009   #3


It may barely use 20 MB of RAM on the machine - idle. I seriously doubt that if you load up Photoshop, Firefox with 35 tabs and Outlook checking 3 IMAP accounts that it will continue to use only 20 MB of RAM....

B/c if it does, then it is doing a horrible job of using the heck out of your system's paging system, and slowing itself down unnecessarily....
My System SpecsSystem Spec


 XP Mode Review and Opinion

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Need an opinion
I'm going to be reinstalling my operating system since the Nvidia BETA drivers pretty much screwed it up beyond repair (color gradients got screwed, not even Driver Fusion was of help), and it's been 3 years, so why not? Anyways, asking if I should install the OS on the 500GB Western Digital PATA...
Hardware & Devices
I need your opinion!
Which one is better: ATI Radeon Hd 5850 Or PNY GeForce GTX 550 Ti Thanks!
Graphic Cards
What is your opinion?
I've been thinking of getting a new graphic card, To be more precise a Radeon HD6950, Still I'm still quite not sure if my PSU is really up to the challange. As well as will the HD6950 be up to the task as well. So what i've been thinking is swapping the 9800GT card for the HD6950 card and...
Hardware & Devices
your opinion
Hi guys, I'm new on this forum.I have the following configuration and I want to know which version of windows 7 is better for it: processor:intel core i5 460m video card: RADEON 5470 512mb RAM 3gb DDR3 HDD 320gb 5400rpm waiting for your answers, thx
Installation & Setup
SSD opinion
I haven't seen anything out there faster for the price and size. Have you seen anything else? OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTX50G 2.5" 50GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD Native Trim (with Windows 7) Seek Time: .1ms Max Read: up to 285MB/s Max Write: up to 275MB/s Sustained...
Hardware & Devices

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 00:03.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App