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Windows 7: Windows 7 Pro and XP Mode

05 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit
Windows 7 Pro and XP Mode

I 'm a little confused and need some in sight. In the pro version you have XP mode where you can use an XP operating system. Do you have to provide the XP operating system to install in the virtual system?

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05 Feb 2010   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Richard,

You can download XP Mode free from Microsoft to use. The tutorial below will help show you more this.

Windows XP Mode - Install and Setup

Hope this helps,
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05 Feb 2010   #3

XP Vista 7

you don't need to purchase XP Pro. just download per Brink's advice and run it as an operating system inside an operating system. however, be warn, you'll need a powerful computer with at least 6gb RAM otherwise, it's dog slow.

most useful if your application is not 7 compatible.
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05 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

For purchasing Windows 7 Pro, Enterprise or Ultimate, Microsoft provides a free copy of Windows XP...called XP mode.

As long as you can dedicate 512MB or 1,024MB of RAM to the XP Mode machine you can get great performance. I'm running on various Intel Core 2 Duo's and Core 2 Quads and it's fantastic.

However, XP mode itself can be a bit slow. You can use things like Sun Virtual Box or VMWare Player 3.0 and get better performance. With VMWare Player 3.0, you can convert that XP Pro copy to their format and use it there. That is what I use on my machine.
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05 Feb 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit

Thank You to everyone for your responses. That cleared it up and my machine has the power and the ram. Have a Great Day.
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05 Feb 2010   #6

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcome from all of us Squid. :)
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