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Windows 7: Windows XP Mode in Windows 7

13 Aug 2010   #11
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Red Stafford View Post
Once you have installed Windows XP Mode, click the Windows 7 Start button , then select All Programs > Windows Virtual PC > Windows XP Mode to begin setup

this is not in my programs ??
There are 2 components of Windows XP Mode

The first downloads a 400+MB file which is the hard drive and the blank starting point.

The second download is the actualy virtual PC application itself.

So, if you only downloaded the first part and didn't download and install the second part...you would see exactly what you are seeing.


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13 Aug 2010   #12
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rk1033 View Post
I read that you need an additional gigabyte of ram to use the XP Mode feature in Windows 7. My pc is maxed out at 1 GB. (I haven't upgraded to windows 7 yet). Is it possible to run Windows 7 Professional in XP mode with 1 GB of RAM, or will it not even work? I'm just curious because of older software I use such as Microsoft Money 2006.
OP states his RAM is maxed out at 1GB. Sounds like a fairly old machine (or one of the netbooks that had minimal specs.) If that's the case, wouldn't RAM be just one of several possible problems along with CPU, graphics card, etc.? I'm certainly not an expert but Microsoft always seems to under-estimate what the minimums are to run any operating system. For example, does anybody really believe that XP out of the box gives optimum performance with only 64MB RAM - the minimum recommended by MS?

Sometimes a newer machine with improved specs isn't just "nice to have". It's a necessity in order to take full advantage of newer software as well as minimizing the probability of other hardware incompatibilities. IMHO.
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13 Aug 2010   #13
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
For example, does anybody really believe that XP out of the box gives optimum performance with only 64MB RAM - the minimum recommended by MS?
I thougth 64MB was the mimimum recommended RAM...meaning that if you have that much RAM, you will have minimum performance...not optimum
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13 Aug 2010   #14
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

the OP might be able to use Readyboost for a RAM substitute. I don't know how well it will help though.

ReadyBoost - Setup and Use
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13 Aug 2010   #15
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
For example, does anybody really believe that XP out of the box gives optimum performance with only 64MB RAM - the minimum recommended by MS?
I thougth 64MB was the mimimum recommended RAM...meaning that if you have that much RAM, you will have minimum performance...not optimum
Exactly my point. I was merely saying that I don't believe I could realistically expect to achieve even mimimal performance out of XP Mode (or any software I'm trying to run in XP Mode) if my machine has minimum Microsoft recommended specs.
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13 Aug 2010   #16
Darician

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Oh I tried a physical machine with 64 MB of RAM and Windows XP once. Technically, it worked. I could read every single command prompt instance during the Windows XP Install and needless to say that everything took half a century to launch. With 1 GB of RAM, I wouldn't recommend XP Mode, your computer will slow down far too much.
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